See also:

[Best recipe website]

[Polish Recipes]

[A Terrific Recipe Site]

[Another Great Site]

[Personal Recipe Site]

[Polish Recipes]

[600 Polish Recipes]

[More Recipes and Info]

[History of Polish Cuisine]

[Regional Food Variations]

[Many Varieties of Kielbasa]

[Authentic Pierogi Recipes]

[A Place to Buy all sorts of Polish Foods]


Ya gotta go beyond kielbasa & pierogi

Pickles and bacon rolled up in pork

Polish foods and recipes are extremely varied with a rich variety not commonly known to Americans.

From the Baltic coast in the northwest to the mountainous southern regions, traditional recipes have evolved based on the availability of specific produce, fish, and wild game. Regional variations of food have also been influenced by Poland's diverse history of culinary influences from Czech, German, Italian, French, Lithuanian, Russian, and Jewish cultures.

The Sudety Mountains along the southwest border and the Karpaty Mountains to the southeast, Silesia and Lesser Poland, are known for a mix of highland culture and agrarian valleys. Near the river valleys of southern Poland, the climate is perfect for growing hops. Pierogi, stuffed dumplings and potato pancakes abound along with locally brewed beers.

In Lesser Poland, oscypek, a mountain sheep cheese, potatoes, eggs, sausages, rye, and finely milled buckwheat groats are the staples in many Polish recipes. Zurek, the fermented rye soup now cooked throughout Poland, comes from Silesia region. Also, well-loved in Silesia, are kotlety mielone, ground meat patties, cooked red cabbage with bacon and kluski slaskie, the Silesian dumplings often served with meat sauces, known for their round shape and small dimple in the middle.

The lands of Greater Poland, Mazovia, Podlassia and Mazuria sweep from the fertile agricultural regions of west central Poland to the less arable regions to the east and then upward into the forests and lakes of the northeast.

Greater Poland is famous for being "the land of the potatoes" or pyry. German-influenced cuisine is common throughout this area, and one of the regional specialties is metka, or kielbasa tatarowa, a soft sausage spread.

Poland's capital, Warsaw, is in the Mazovia region. This area is best known for several fantastic stews including the great comfort food, bigos, or Hunter's Stew, and Mazovian-style potato pancakes with sour cream. While less suited for farming, Podlassia's forests yield a wealth of berries, honey, and wild mushrooms. The rare European bison also roam here. In Mazuria, forest fare is complemented by a variety of fish from the lakes and rivers.

To the northwest, Pomerania runs along the shore of the Baltic Sea. Inland regions yield crops of rye and wheat, potatoes, sugar beets, and vegetables as well as domestic livestock such as pork, beef, goose, and duck. The coast offers a variety of fish and seafood. Many of the delicious herring and other seafood recipes come from the Pomerania region.

Throughout Poland, local breweries make fine beers. Honey meads are specialties of the forested regions. Poland is also known as the birthplace of vodka, with the drink appearing in manuscripts written as early as 1405. One of the most unique variations is the Zubrowka, flavored with an aromatic grass from the forests of Podlassia.

The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development of Poland keeps a List of Regional and Traditional Products made in Poland. This rapidly-growing list now contains over 500 unique products.

Emmy reviews yummy Polish treats


Ya gotta go beyond kielbasa & pierogi

Ya gotta go beyond kielbasa & pierogi

Ya gotta go beyond kielbasa & pierogi

Ya gotta go beyond kielbasa & pierogi


Everthing About Poland
This link is really good to understand everything from typography to the economy.

Short Menu

PolishToledo Home Page
Go Back One Page
Pol-Am Events
Polish Music & Polkas
Uniquely Polish
Polish Shopping Mall
Melodies of Poland
LaGrange St. News
Toledo-Poznan Alliance
Pol-Am Concert Band
Toledo Area Polka Society