Polish cuisine is notoriously delicious, hearty, and full of comfort foods. It is known for being rich in meat & potatoes, root vegetables, spices & herbs. Poles also use hearty amounts of butter, cream & eggs when cooking so maybe don’t visit Poland if you’re on a diet !
If you’re an adventurous eater who loves a good comfort meal, this country is for you. Some foods in Poland might surprise you too. Have you heard of blueberry pierogi or strawberry pasta? Read below to learn more about the tasty (and sometimes strange) foods in Poland.
When I first saw this pasta dish I was completely grossed out. It was served at a hotel venue in the Northeast of Poland where I was teaching English. I thought it was a joke ! Cold pasta ? With strawberry sauce ??! Indeed, strawberry pasta is a common, sweet evening meal in Poland. The sauce can be chunky with strawberries or a creamy yogurt base pureed with strawberries. I personally wasn’t a fan, although some of my co-workers enjoyed mixing the cold, sweet pasta with Nutella !
A Polish classic, pierogi are the most loved & delicious food in Poland. I found almost 100% of the people I met said their favorite food was Polish pierogi. Savory and sweet pierogi can be found in most restaurants, and are a common dish made at home as well. My favorite pierogi are those made with cheese inside and caramelized onions on top (as pictured above).
Sweet pierogi are also a favorite of the foods in Poland. These polish dumplings have a jam-like filling and are either covered in a creamy sweet sauce or berry compote. This is the perfect sweet dinner option if strawberry pasta doesn’t strike your fancy!
Meat & Potatoes
Meat and potatoes are a staple of polish cuisine. Most meals will involve some type of meat and potato combination, whether thats boiled potatoes with dill, potato pierogi, or potato pancakes.
Kotlet Mielony (Polish Schnitzel)
Polish schnitzel is one of my favorite foods in Poland. It is a breaded and fried main course very similar to German schnitzel. It is a mix of ground pork, veal, and beef with spices. In Poland it is typically served with mashed potatoes or fries, and sauerkraut salad.
Bigos (often translated into English as hunter’s stew) is a Polish dish of chopped meats & potatoes stewed with sauerkraut and fresh cabbage. The dish is also traditional for Belarusian, Ukrainian and Lithuanian cuisine.
This is one of my all-time favorite foods in Poland. Even in summer, this hearty dish will leave you feeling warm and satisfied. These cabbage rolls are filled with either ground meat or a combination of meat and rice, wrapped in a leaf of green cabbage. It is then baked in the oven with a tomato sauce and served hot.
Kapusniak (Sauerkraut Soup)
Sour yet refreshing, this traditional soup takes a little getting used to. At first, I thought it tasted like warm pickle juice but then after a few sips I started to like it. Just like anything, don’t knock it til you’ve tried it !
Hot Dog Roll
Hot dogs are a common grab-and-go meal in Poland. You can find hot dog rolls in fast food restaurants, gas stations, and small market shops in major cities & towns. Here’s the difference between an American and Polish hot dog – they aren’t served in a hot dog bun, but rather a thinner piece of dough that fits around the whole dog. it looks a bit like it’s been carved into a baguette.
I hope you enjoyed reading about the best & weirdest foods in Poland. Hopefully I’ve inspired you to visit this wonderful country!
Which of these traditional foods in Poland were your favorites?
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