List of Polish cuisine dishes

List of Polish cuisine dishes

Below is a list of dishes found in Polish cuisine


*"barszcz" - beetroot soup, ubiquitous among Slavic nations
*"chłodnik" - cold soup made of soured milk, young beet leaves, beets, cucumbers and chopped fresh dill
*"czernina" - duck blood soup
*"flaki" or "flaczki" - beef or pork tripe stew with marjoram
*"rosół" - clear chicken soup
*"zupa grzybowa" - mushroom soup made of various species of mushroom
*"zupa ogórkowa" - soup of sour, salted cucumbers, often with pork ("dill pickle soup")
*"zupa szczawiowa" (sorrel soup)
*"żur" - soured rye flour soup with white sausage and/or hard-boiled egg
*"żurek" - a delicious soup same as above but with the addition of potatoes, a large Polish sausage (kielbasa), and egg (jajko). Depending on the part of Poland it came from it may contain mushrooms as well. This dish is also called "staro wiejski" ("old village"). Żurek is frequently served with sour cream or by itself.
*"grochówka" - pea soup.
*"kapuśniak" - sour cabbage soup
*"zupa pomidorowa" - pomidorowa - delicious tomato soup with either spaghetti or rice.
*"krupnik" - chicken boullion base vegetable soup with kasha

Main course

*"pierogi" - dumplings, usually filled with sauerkraut and/or mushrooms, meat, potato and/or savory cheese, sweet curd cheese with a touch of vanilla, or blueberries or other fruits, such as cherries or strawberries, and sometimes even apples -- optionally topped with sour cream, and sugar for the sweet versions
*"bigos" - a stew of sauerkraut and meat, similar to the French choucroute, but generally less acidic and including unfermented cabbage
*"kotlet schabowy" - a breaded pork chop, similar to the Austrian "Wiener Schnitzel" but usually thicker
*"kasza gryczana ze skwarkami" - buckwheat cereal with chopped, fried lard and onions
*"kaczka z jabłkami" - roast duck with apples
*"sztuka mięsa" - a meat dish similar to the Bavarian "Tellerfleisch" or Austrian "Tafelspitz"
*"golonka" - stewed pork knuckle or hock
*"gulasz" - Goulash
*"gołąbki" - Golumpki, cabbage leaves stuffed with spiced minced meat and rice or with mushrooms and rice served with sour cream or tomato sauce
*"placki kartoflane/ziemniaczane" - potato pancakes usually served with sour cream
*"pyzy" - potato dumplings served by themselves or stuffed with minced meat or cottage cheese
*"naleśniki" - creps which are either folded in to triangles or rolled in to a tube typical servings include sweet white cheese with sugar and sour cream, various fruits topped with bita śmietana (whipped cream) or with bite bialka (whipped egg whites)
*"mizeria" - sliced cucumbers and sour cream.
*"kaszanka" - Polish Blood Sausage, made of blood with kasza.


*"kutia" - a small square pasta with wheat, poppy seeds, nuts, raisins and honey. Typically served during Christmas.
*"makowiec" - poppyseed-swirl cake, sometimes with raisins and/or nuts.
*"chałka" - sweet white wheat bread of Jewish origin.
*"pączek" - closed donut filled with rose marmalade or other fruit conserves.
*"krówki" - Polish fudge, soft milk toffee candies.
*"kisiel" - clear, jelly-like fruit liquid.
*"budyń" - pudding--usually comes in many different flavors, such as sweet cream, chocolate, and even cherry.
*"pierniki" - soft gingerbread shapes iced or filled with marmalade of different fruit flavours and covered with chocolate.
*"Sernik" - Sernik (cheesecake) is one of the most popular desserts in Poland. It is a cake made primarily of twaróg, a type of fresh cheese.
*"faworki" / "chrusty" - light fried pastry covered with powdered sugar
*"pańska skórka" - kind of hard "Taffy" sold at cemeteries during "Zaduszki"

Folk medicine

*"Syrop z Cebuli"- a cough remedy made of chopped onion and sugar; although it is very tasty, it is still considered a medicine.
* Herbata góralska - Tea with alcohol


*"kapusta kiszona" - sauerkraut
*"ogórek kiszony" - salted sour cucumber, a pickle prepared in a similar way to "sauerkraut"
*"kiełbasa" - Polish sausage, comes in a wide variety of versions
*"śmietana" - a type of sour cream


*"miód pitny" - mead
*"podpiwek" - very lightly alcoholic beer made of crumbled dark bread
*"wino proste" - a variety of alcoholic beverages made of fruit extracts and spirit, countless types and names of which exist
*"kompot" - a non-alcoholic beverage made of boiled fruit, optionally also with sugar and spices (e.g. clove or cinnamon). Served hot or cold. Can be made of one type of fruit or a mixture, including but not limited to apples, peaches, pears, strawberries, sour cherries and gooseberries.
*"susz" - a type of "kompot" made with dried fruits, most commonly apples, apricots, figs and so on. Traditionally served on Christmas, it has a distinct smell and brown colour.
*"Wódka" - (Vodka) Poland produces and exports many premium vodkas, among them you will find brands such as Chopin vodka, Belvedere (vodka), Luksusowa, Wyborowa, Żubrówka and many more. Pablo Picasso once said "The three most astonishing things in the past half-century were the blues, cubism, and Polish vodka."

Regional cuisine

A list of dishes popular in certain regions of Poland:


*"prażonki" ("duszonki")
*"strudel jabłkowy" - apple cake, identical to Austrian "apfelstrudel"
*"piszyngier" - cake made of layers of wafer and layers of cream or filling; in the Świętokrzyskie area its name is "kajmak" and it's usually covered with chocolate
*"zalewajka" - a type of żurek, with potatoes, wild mushroom and kielbasa.

Eastern Poland


*"babka żółtkowa" - yolk and yeast cake
*"bliny gryczane"
*"cepeliny" - big long-shaped potato dumplings stuffed with meat and marjoram
*"chłodnik" - cold soup made of soured milk, young beet leaves, beets, cucumbers and chopped fresh dill
*"grzyby po żmudzku" - mushrooms Samogitian style
*"kawior z bakłażana" - "caviar" of egg-plant
*"kreple z lejka" -
*"kugiel ze skwarkami" -
*"kutia" - traditional Christmas dish, made of wheat, poppy seeds, nuts, raisins and honey
*"melszpejz zaparzany z jabłek" -
*"pieczeń wiedźmy" -
*"ruskie pierogi" - Russian pierogies with quark and potato
*"szodo" -
*"tort ziemniaczany" - potato cake
*"zrazy wołyńskie" -
*"żeberka wieprzowe po żmudzku" -


*"babka ziemniaczana" -
*"cebulniaczki" -
*"chleb biebrzański" -
*"kartacze" - big long-shaped potato dumplings stuffed with meat and marjoram
*"kiszka ziemniaczana" - potato sausage
*"okoń smażony, w zalewie octowej" - perch fried in vinegar
*"sękacz" - pyramid cake, made of many layers.
*"zucielki" -


*"szpekucha" - small dumplings stuffed with lard and fried onion

Masovia (including Warsaw)

*"baba warszawska" - yeast cake
*"bułka z pieczarkami" - a bun filled with a champignon (field mushroom) stew, ersatz hot dogs under communism, when frankfurters were in short supply
*"flaczki z pulpetami (po warszawsku)" - tripe stew with marjoram and small meat noodles
*"kawior po żydowsku" - "Jewish caviar" - chopped calf or poultry liver with garlic and hard boiled egg
*"kugiel" - found in the town of Ostroleka, made with potatoes and diced meat
*"pączki" - doughnuts with rose marmalade
*"pyzy z mięsem" - round potato dumplings stuffed with meat
*"zrazy wołowe" - beef chops in sauce
*"zrazy wołowe zawijane" - chopped dill cucumbers and onions wrapped in thin strips of beef
*"zupa grzybowa po kurpiowsku (z gąsek)" - mushroom soup made of "Tricholoma equestre," a large mushroom with a cereal-like flavor.


*"sękacz" - pyramid cake, made of many layers.


*"pierniki" - soft gingerbread shapes filled with marmalade of different fruit flavours and covered with chocolate.


* "Zymła" - a well-baked bread roll, oval with a division in the middle, topped with poppy seeds, similar to Austrian Keisersemmel.

*"Kluski śląskie" (Silesian dumplings) - round shaped dumplings served with gravy, made of mashed boiled potatoes, finely grated raw potatoes, an egg, grated onion, wheat flour and potato flour.

*"Rolada z modrą kapustą" (roladen with red cabbage) - best-quality beef-meat roll; stuffed with pickled vegetable, ham, and good amount of seasoning; always served with red cabbage (with fried bacon, fresh onion and allspice); traditionally eaten with "kluski śląskie" for Sunday dinner.

* "Szałot" (Silesian potato salad) - a salat made of squares of boiled potatoes, carrots, peas, ham, various sausages, pickled fish, boiled eggs, bonded with olive oil or mayonnaise.

*"Krupniok" - kind of blood sausage made of kasha and animal blood.

*"żymlok" - like "krupniok" but instead kasha there is bread roll

*"Wodzionka or brołtzupa (ger. brot - bread, pol. zupa - soup") - soup with garlic and squares of dried rye bread.
*"Siemieniotka" - soup made of hemp seed, one of main Christmas Eve meals.

*"Knysza" - pita bread with meat and lots of cabbage.

*"Makiełki" or "moczka" or "makówki" - traditional Christmas Eve dessert, its main ingredients are: gingerbread extract, nuts and dried fruit, strawberry compote and almonds.

* Poppy seed pastry - many elaborate recipes possible; based on finely ground poppy seeds, with raisins, almonds, candied citrus peels, honey, sugar, pudding, and flavoured with rum. Decorated with fingers of crumbling.

* Fitka - soup

Tatra mountains

*"kwaśnica" - meat and sauerkraut stew
*"Czosnianka] - soup
*"śliwowica łącka" - (read: [shlee-voh-veetsa won-tskah] ) strong (70% of alcohol) plum brandy
*"oscypek" - hard, salty cheese from nonpasteurized sheep milk which is smoked over a fire. Sometimes served sliced and fried with cranberries.
*"Żentyca"- popular drink made of sheep's milk whey.
*"Gołka - cheese
*"Bryndza - cheese
*"Bundz - cheese

Greater Poland

*"gzik" ("gzika") - cottage cheese with onion and/or chives
*"kluchy z łacha" -
*"kaczka z pyzami i modrą kapustą" - roast duck with steam-cooked rolls and red cabbage
*"pyry z gzikiem" - boiled, peeled or unpeeled potatoes with "gzik" (see above) and butter
*"rogale świętomarcińskie" - croissants filled with poppy seeds, almonds, other nuts and raisins, traditionally eaten on November the 11th, St. Martin's Day.
*"plendze" - potato pancakes served with sugar

External links

* [ Polish cuisine at]
* [ Discuss Polish Food and Cuisine at ]
* [ The gourmet restaurant La Rôtisserie in Warsaw presented by]
* [ Warsaw Life Guide to Polish Cuisine]

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