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Top 15 Traditional Polish Meals by Aga Marchewka

Top 15 Traditional Polish Meals by Aga Marchewka



Top 15 Traditional Polish Meals 

EWFood contributor and expat in Lyon, Aga Marchewka talks about the top Polish meals she misses from home.
It has been some time since I am here in Lyon and still loving it, loving it more each day even. How can you resist this beautiful city, which offers so much? Being a Pole by birth and by heart, I do miss my country; my family; my friends and some traditions-- lifestyle and Polish food.

I should not complain when I am in Lyon, the Capital of Gastronomy but there are things that I grew up with and I simply crave for them on some days. On the other days I do enjoy the French cuisine and I have started practicing to cook some French meals already. To get started, I have made The Mini Recipe Book of My Top Lyonnais Meals, which you can WIN on ExpatWomanFood competition here. There are 20 recipes in English for you to try out and enjoy Lyonnais cuisine yourself or impress someone else.
This is the French cooking part and one of my ways to discover more of the French lifestyle. But what about the Polish food? I still often serve it at home in Lyon because there are certain meals which I miss from Poland. I want to list the top ones. 

List of Top 15 Traditional Polish Meals:

1. Kotlet Schabowy

This is a traditional breaded pork cutlet, similar to Viennese schnitzel, but made of pork tenderloin and very popular.

2. Kluski Slaskie

These are simple potato dumplings. They are very famous and liked by the whole Poland but typical for the Silesia region where I come from. They are always served for a Sunday lunch with a good piece of meat (usually rolada or schabowy) and accompanied by the gravy and red cooked cabbage.

3. Rosół

It is a nourishing Polish Sunday lunch soup, which is served with a very thin pasta called makaron. It is great when you are not feeling well, it brings your energy back and have a lot of vitamins. It is comforting and warm to make you feel better and it is easy to eat.

4. Bigos

This is the "hunter" stew, the traditional meat stew that contains white cabbage, sauerkraut (kapusta kiszona), various cuts of meat and sausages. It is often with whole or puréed tomatoes, honey and mushrooms. A bit tricky to prepare as you need to pay attention to the spices but known as a leftover meal as you can add many things.

5. Pierogi

These are very traditional white stuffed dumplings, larger than ravioli. They can be sweet or sour. The most popular fillings are sauerkraut with mushrooms, cheese, potatoes, meat and for the sweet ones you will get the sweet cottage cheese or fruits like blueberries. Strawberries are the best. 

6. Knedle

These are another stuffed dumplings but different than pierogi as the pastry is made out of potatoes. They are filled mainly with fruit and the most popular are Knedle with plums.

7. Kopytka

These are another potato dumplings (I am such a Silesian Polish girl with all those dumplings variations and here in Poland we do eat a lot of potatoes!). But this time the potato dumplings are hoof shaped and accompanied by a simple fried bacon and onion or varieties of gravies (tomatoes, mushroom etc.).

8. Kotlet mielon

This is a traditional kind of steak made of minced meat, soften roll, egg and breadcrumbs. Rolled in a shape of the flat and large meatball and fried in the pan.

9. Lazanki

This is the traditional Polish homemade pasta. It is mixed with the fried bacon, cabbage and other vegetables. It can be served with pork.

10. Sernik

This is the traditional Polish cheesecake made of twaróg, a type of ‘fromage blanc’ cottage cheese and baked in the oven. There are different varieties of it. Simple cheesecakes, the one with raisins, with pineapples and coconut, other fruits and the black-white one! 

11. Sałatka Warzywna/Jarzynowa

This is a very simple salad made of the cooked root vegetables (potato, carrot, parsley root, celery root, etc.) and combined with the cucumbers in brine and hard-cooked eggs mixed together with the mayonnaise and mustard sauce. 

12. Placki Ziemniaczane

These are thin fried potato pancakes made with grated potatoes and a bit of onion, carrot, parsnips or other vegetables. Served hot either sprinkled with sugar or with the sour cream.

13. Gołąbki

This is traditional meal made of minced pork and rice, onion, mushrooms, wrapped in white cabbage leaves. It is cooked and serve with the tomatoes sauce.

14. Zapiekanka

This is an open sandwich made of the baguette. It is topped with fried mushrooms, cheese, ham or salami, pickled cucumber sprinkled with oregano and sweet paprika and then baked in the oven. It is served warm and eaten with the ketchup.

15. Pulpety with Sosie Pomidorowym

These are the Polish traditional meatballs in tomato sauce. They are similar to the Polish kotlet mielony but they are not fried and they are not covered in breadcrumbs. They are round and smaller. This all gives you different yet delicious new taste of the minced meat. 
So how do you like those Polish and French meals? Have you had a chance to try out any of the Polish and/or French meals I have presented here? Do you know any other I should try out? I hope I have made you not only hungry but also curious to explore more of Polish and French cuisine, culture and lifestyle. 
Remember you can always visit my J’adoreLyon by Shopaholicfromhome blog to see what new I have discovered… In the meantime Bon appetite & Smacznego!
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Aga Marchewka About Aga 

My name is Aga and I am addicted to shopping! So I have become ShopaholicFromHome who loves to shop from home. But this is not all. I have thousands of ideas per minute, per hour, per day…recently I have moved to Lyon in France! That’s why my main goal now is to explore France, experience French way of living, learn the language and eat a lot of cheese, baguettes, some snails and French frogs, drink wine and wear berets (apparently so French) but also I would love to introduce a bit of Polish culture and mentality into French lives.

If you have any questions, comments, do not hesitate to contact me. I would love to hear from you! Visit my blog for more information and check out on what I have been up to on my J'adore Lyon by Shopaholicfromhome FB Page!