Cabbage, beetroots, potatoes, pork – someone could say: it is impossible to make anything tasty of this! But they would be far from truth. Polish cuisine is the best proof for this. There are plenty of delicious and tasty dishes which can be made of those simple ingredients.
Let’s talk about cabbage: when you add dried mushrooms, prunes and meat you get bigos, when you add potatoes and sausage you get kapuśniak, when you put cabbage into dough and boil it you get pierogi. Old, boring cabbage has many incarnations in Poland. The same applies to other vegetables.
Polish cuisine can be divided into two branches: what the rich nobleman used to eat and what the poor peasants used to eat. The rich ate venison, pheasants, quails and all kinds of meet baked, grilled, stewed, topped with sauce and seasoned with expensive spices. The poor had to be content with cereal and dairy products which they had to produce in toil and drudgery.
Contemporary Polish cuisine mixes a little bit of this and that. There are all types of meat dishes with long list of sidings like salads, vegetables, potatoes, grouts or noodles. There are also different types of dumplings, pancakes and potato pancakes which can be served in countless variations of which many contain products underestimated in other countries like: forest mushroom, sauerkraut, prunes or pickles.
Soups are Polish specialties and many of them can be served as main course because they are so rich and full of potatoes, vegetables, meet, sausage, eggs and other surprises. During long winters they are the best way to warm up frozen people.
Another way to warm up is also known as Polish specialty. Yes, I mean alcohol, but not only ordinary vodka but there is a wide range of homemade liqueurs and flavored vodkas. Surprisingly most of them can boast therapeutic properties. You cannot forget about beer which has been produced in Poland for centuries and is offered in many different flavors as well. A decent meal cannot do without dessert, but also here Polish cuisine will not disappoint gourmets. We can offer cheesecakes and apple pies, gingerbreads and traditional Polish cakes: mazurek and baba.
For those who are still not convinced I keep in store long list of regional products made according to traditional recipes although the European Union is not always keen on them. On the top of the list you can find oscypek – sheep cheese from mountain regions. It is followed by Polish sausage kiełbasa which is smoked in such a manner that it is grey inside. Of course it doesn’t make it poisonous but delicious.
After thit lengthy introduction, I think everybody will be seduced to read more about Polish cuisine and culinary customs. They reflect Polish history and are an indispensable part of our tradition and culture. All in all, scientists have already stated that what we eat has a big impact on our personality. So if you want to understand Polish people you have to taste their food!