So much begins with a meal...

Polish cuisine is a product of long history and comes in variety of dishes, tastes and flavors. Different regions have contributed their own specialities of Polish food. And not just regions. Throughout centuries Poland has been home to many guests of other nations. This is why French, Italian, German, Ukrainian, Jewish and even Oriental influences are present in Polish cooking. And modern cooks keep adding their own ideas.
 

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Polish Golabki

 

Polish Golabki is an undisputed classic of Polish cuisine. Quite simple in preparation, it gives you a lot of enjoyment. It is a tasty, light and versatile meal, good for any time of the day.

Golabki is cabbage rolls or stuffed cabbage. It consists of a cabbage leaf in which a filling of rice and meat is placed. The other necessary ingredient is sauce.

 

Golabki in tomato sauce
Golabki in tomato sauce 

 

The proportions of rice and meat in the stuffing can differ. Usually there's more rice, but it can be changed to taste. Most frequently a mushroom or tomato sauce is used to complement the dish.

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We proudly present: Polish Pierogi


Pierogi are undoubtedly one of most significant Polish specialities. It happens very often that an unsuspecting visitor from abroad is served pierogi in Poland and all of the sudden becomes a life-long fan. So what are Polish pierogi and why are they such a hit?

 


Pierogi - lighter ones are "pierogi ruskie", and darker ones - pierogi with spinach 

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Ever Heard of Polish Chocolates?

By Daniel Edward

 

We have all heard about chocolates made in France, Belgium, Switzerland, or in the good old USA. Things haven't really changed much in the past decades and yet a country in Eastern Europe still doesn't get the credit it deserves for its flavored chocolates; we're talking about Poland.

What makes the Polish variety so special? How about sweets with shells of dark chocolate and pieces of Coconuts as a filling? Flavored Polish sweets have always had a high concentration of natural ingredients, sweets from sweet maker Solidarnosc, have at least 8% of whole pieces of Coconut, Pistachio or even 38% of whole plums or Hazelnuts. All these flavors are surrounded by a shell of dark chocolate with a high concentration of cocoa, at least 45%.

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The Mystery Of Polish Sausage - What Is Kielbasa?

By Adam Marianski

 

Without a doubt the word Kielbasa has worldwide recognition, yet it is also often misunderstood. Kielbasa is the general Polish name for sausage.

You cannot walk into a Polish store and say: please give me a pound of kielbasa. The sales lady, surrounded by 50 different kinds of kielbasa, will inevitably reply: yes, but which one? There are well over 100 types of kielbasa, and the word itself is meaningless unless followed up with the proper name: Kielbasa Rzeszowska, Kielbasa Krakowska, Kielbasa Tuchowska, Kielbasa Mysliwska, etc.

It is like going into a deli and asking for some cheese. Sure, but which one: American, Provolone, Swiss, Gorgonzola, Gouda, Muenster - you have to provide some details. There is no specific sausage called kielbasa but there are many sausages that carry the word kielbasa as part of the name.

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The Traditional Tastes of Poland
By Victoria Cochrane

 

More and more these days, holidaymakers deciding on travel plans are counting the local cuisines of possible destinations into their equations. And with so many places to choose from for a trip away, a detail as deceptively small as the food can often swing the vote in favor of one particular location.

Food is a definite winner for Poland. As if the country didn't have enough going for it - like a rich history, beautiful towns and cities, quaint villages with old-fashioned transport systems and a social life rivalled by none, Polish cuisine is unforgettably delicious and one that you will find yourself looking up recipes for as soon as you arrive back home from your holiday.

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