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What’s the scoop with Polish food?
Polish food has an eclectic history, with influences from and similarities with many Central and Eastern European and Slavic cuisines, including German, Hungarian, Austrian, Slovak, Czech, Belarusian, Ukrainian and Russian, as well as influences by Jewish, Turkish, French and Italian traditions.
Famous for being simple, hearty fare, Polish food is in general highly rich in meat (chicken, pork and beef in particular) and winter vegetables (cabbage especially). The main meal of the day is usually eaten early afternoon, with three courses to include a soup, a meaty meal and a dessert. Basic ingredients for a Polish meal can include foods like beetroot, cabbage, pickles, gherkins, sausages, sour cream and herbs and spices.
Here’s a short list of some of our favorite Polish foods – ones we recommend you try when visiting Poland or when eating in a Polish restaurant.
What are the Top 3 Polish food dishes?
Pierogi are filled Polish dumplings, that can have either a savory or sweet interior. Made by wrapping pockets of dough around a filling (such as potato, cabbage, meat, cheese or fruit) and then cooking in boiling water, these dumplings are considered a national dish in Poland.
The commonly-eaten cabbage roll in Poland is called gołąbki, which is made from lightly soft-boiled cabbage leaves wrapped around meat such as minced pork or beef. The rolls also contain ingredients including chopped onions, rice or barley. The food is baked in a casserole dish and usually served with a creamy tomato sauce on top.
Thin crêpe-style pancakes in Poland are known as naleśniki and, like pierogi, can have either a savory or sweet filling and can be part of a main dish or eaten as a dessert. Filling possibilities include fresh fruit, jam or soft white cheese with sugar for a sweet tooth or savory fillings such as meat, vegetables, potatoes, mushrooms and cabbage.
What else do I need to know about Polish food?
There are so many more Polish dishes that you should try, especially when traveling around the country, but we wanted to introduce you to some of the more famous dishes. Have you ever eaten Polish cuisine? What’s your favorite dish?
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