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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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Rosol - Polish Broth

 

Rosol is probably the most frequently eaten soup in Poland. It’s usually prepared from chicken and beef meat. But turkey proves a magnificent ingredient too.

In English broth is a somewhat wide term. In Poland it’s quite clearly defined. After it’s heated, it’s a rather dense and distinctively-tasting soup. Almost always it’s served with noodles and very often with chopped parsley which imparts nice freshness to Rosol.

 

Polish Rosol

 

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Polish Kielbasa (Polish Sausage)

 

The name of Polish Kielbasa (Polish Sausage) is widely known in many countries. It is however sometimes slightly misunderstood. A lot of people seem to think that it is a specific kind of sausage. The truth is that “kielbasa” simply means “sausage”. As a consequence, Polish Kielbasa is a general term, which actually includes a variety of sausages made in Poland (and sometimes outside Poland as the name is often abused).

Each time you want to buy or talk about a specific kind of Polish Kielbasa, you should know its name.

 

Polish Kielbasa (Polish Sausages) - streetmarket trading
Polish Kielbasa (Polish Sausages) and black pudding - streetmarket trading

 

And there are a lot of those, e.g. ‘kielbasa krakowska’ (Krakowska Sausage), ‘kielbasa lisiecka’ (Lisiecka Sausage), ‘kielbasa wiejska’ (Wiejska Sausage) and so on.

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Polish Bigos

 

Bigos belongs to those legendary dishes Polish cuisine couldn’t do without. If you travel to Poland you may not come across it if you only stick to tourist routes and menus. But it’s definitely worthwhile to find and taste a well-prepared bigos. For years it’s been extremely popular with the Poles.

 

Polish bigos with bread
Polish bigos with whole grain bread

Polish Bigos is a stew whose main ingredients are sauerkraut, cabbage and meat.

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Polish Cheeses
 
 
Oscypek - the most famous Polish cheese. It is a smoked cheese made from the salted sheep milk (don't buy imitations made from cow's milk) and formed in traditional wooden forms. Oscypek is an absolute "must taste" when you visiting Polish mountains. Very tasty when served with red wine or smoked fish.
 
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Polish Bread

 

One cannot overestimate the meaning of bread in Polish cuisine and tradition. It has been an essential part of them both for centuries. Now the variety of different bread types available at the nearest grocer's is taken for granted.

 

Polish Bread
 

 

But in the past ages time of hardship often struck, and bread was treated with great respect. It was visible in folk customs.

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