Traditional Polish cooking

Traditional Polish cooking has many advocates around the world. Our food traditions have long history dating back to the Middle Ages. Although very few recipes are preserved from that period. Generally speaking, our culinary heritage has roots in rural areas. And it has always been based on local produce. For centuries Poland did not have a wide access to imported spices and vegetables. Therefore, local cooks made very good use of whatever grew in the garden or was available to hunt for in a nearby forest. Moreover, the most popular dishes are strongly rooted in the religious traditions. Catholic celebrations have always been occassions to feast at tables full of traditional Polish delicacies. The staple Christmas or Easter dishes have eventually become symbols of Polish cooking. Examples include: pierogi, pascha, herrings, poppy seed cake, mazurek and many others.

Polish starters

No visit to Poland is complete until you try a selection of Polish starters. Marinated herrings come in all forms and tastes.

Soups

Soups play an important part in traditional Polish cooking traditions. My theory is that they gained popularity, because nothing warms you up more effectively than a bowl full of hot chicken broth. As a result of this climate conditions, the list of top Polish soups is long and it includes: żurek, tomato soup with noodles or rice, beetroot soup, mushroom soup and flaki.

Traditional Polish cooking – main courses

Pierogi are definitely on the top of the list of most popular Polish dishes. INvented in China, they made its way to the Polish plates and palates through Ruś (Ruthenia – a part of Ukraine). Consequently, something that started as poor people’s food has now become a fancy comfort food or, if filled with expensive ingredients, a gourmet delicacy.

If you want to learn to make Polish dumplings, please, check the schedule of our workshops.

Schabowy – breaded pork cutlet – this staple Polish main course has its fans in every corner of Poland and beyond. It reminds of Wiener schnitzel, its relative. in some restaurant you can get a schabowy the size of your plate!

Cabage rolls are usually filled with minced meat and served with tomatoe sause.

Pancakes – this may be a dish in an expensive restaurant or a quick breakfast at home.

Bigos – we make bigos of sauerkraut, cabbage and meat, mushrooms and dried prunes. Sounds like a risky combination, but you would be surprised how well it tastes. Plus, we simmer it for at least 5 hours. Another surprise – the older it is the better it tastes. Well, there is a limit to it:-).

Desserts – traditional Polish cooking

apple pie with vanilla ice-cream – best to serve hot

poppyseed cake

mazurek – are flat cakes covered with fruit or chocolate and served during Easter

ginger bread cakes – Christmas delicacy

Traditional Polish alcohols

Leaving Poland without trying some famous vodkas is a gross mistake. If, you, however are not ready to burn your throat, you should try Polish liqueurs. They are alcoholic extracts from fruits, spices, flowers or herbs. According to research, they cure illnesses. and Poles believe they raise the spirit! The art of nalewki making has been known since the Middle Ages and practitioned by monks. Nowadays some Poles still produce them at home, using secret recipes passed from generation to generation. Many liqueurs take weeks or even months to mature, but some, like those, which you will make during our workshop, you can sample immediately after making.

Please, check up our liqueurs workshops.

traditional Polish cooking class
traditional Polish cooking class
traditional Polish cooking class - herrings
herrings-traditional starter
traditional Polish cooking class
beetroot soup
Polish dumplings
dumplings – traditional Polish cooking
Polish dessert - poppy seed cake
traditional Polish poppy seed cake
traditional Polish cooking class
herrings: a Polish starter

Food tourist attraction in Warsaw

Pierogi & More cooking class is top food tourist attraction in Warsaw. The venue is conveniently located close to the Old Town and the Polin Museum. Hence, within a short walk from the top tourist attraction, our class is probably the most accessible of all culinary things-to-do in Warsaw.

food tourist attraction Warsaw
food tourist attraction Warsaw

group size is the key – small size food tourist attraction

We cater for small groups mainly. The maximum number of participants for an open class is only 10, making this tourist attraction a very private. We also encourage guests to book private classes. Therefore family atmosphere and individual approach to dietary preferences are guaranteed. Ask for a quote for a private class at pierogiandmore@gmail.com

schedule your food tourist attraction

Flexible starting times makes our tourist attraction a good options for those who have a tight schedule duting a citybreak in Warsaw. Still, it sometimes may happen that the suggested starting times do now match your intinerary. In this case, feel free to contact us to schedule a private class for you and your friends or family.

food tourist attraction Warsaw
food tourist attraction Warsaw

guests on diets

Vegetarian or vegan is not a problem for us. Simply send us your dietary preferences and list the products you are allergic to. We can cater for almost every diet.

In most cases we prepare ingredients for dumplings separately. thanks to this solution, the participants can select their own combinations. This is a perfect solutions for guest who do not like certain food or are allergic to products. Therefore, our tourist attration is fully safe.

eguipment

The venue of this tourist attraction is fully equipped with all necessary utensils. The list of utensils includes: rolling board, rolling pins, dough cutters and bowls. Moreover cutlery and plates are provided.

food tourist attraction Warsaw
food tourist attraction Warsaw

company events, corporate worshops

corporate events or a tourist activity? We are both. Company cooking classes are a big part of our operations. Perfect team-building event. Ask us for a quote for your next company night out: pierogiandmore@gmail.com.

pierogi cooking class

How to make Polish dumplings?

If you are considering participating in a pierogi cooking class, you probably have already eaten Polish dumplings. Or even tried to make them!

There are dozens of recipes for cooking Polish pierogi. Dumplings are comfort food, which means there is no strict way to make them. They were invented centuries before people started using measuring mugs or kitchen scales. All in all do not get too attached to the exact amounts of ingredients for making Polish pierogi. I believe that the dough will just tell you if it needs more flour or water:-). Anyway during our pierogi cooking class you will master all the skills!

pierogi cooking class
pierogi cooking class

ingredients for Polish pierogi

200 g (7 oz) flour

200 ml ( 0,8 cups) of boiling water

1 tablespoon of vegetable oil

Pinch of salt

+ beetroot juice/turmeric/sweet paprika/dried parsley/dried dill etc

pierogi cooking class
pierogi cooking class

Bring the dough for Polish pierogi together, kneading well and adding more flour or water as necessary. Leave it to rest under a bowl you used for kneading for 15-20 min.

On a floured work surface, roll the dough out thinly (2-3 mm) and cut with a round or glass. Spoon a portion of the filling into the middle of each circle. Fold dough into half-moon shapes and pinch edges firmly together. Let your creativity lead you through this stage.

Gather scraps, re-roll and fill. Repeat with remaining of the dough. Sprinkle a tray with flour and place the filled pierogi on it in a single layer. You may cover with a tea towel until all are ready to be cooked.

Bring water to boil in a large, low pan and add salt. Drop in the pierogi carefully, stir lightly to ensure that they don’t stick together or to the bottom. Return to the boil and reduce heat. When the pierogi welcome you on the surface, continue to cook for 2 minutes more (depending on size). Take out carefully with a slotted spoon, add topping and serve. Here comes a well deserved part: the pierogi party! Smacznego!

Book a pierogi cooking class today!

If you want to learn to make Polish pierogi, book one of our dumplings classes.

Polish dumplings cooking class

Why do we love pierogi? An answer can be found at a Polish dumplings cooking class

If you are reading this page, you are probably interested in a Polish dumplings cooking class. You have probably tried pierogi before and you might know that Polish dumplings are the most famous comfort food in Poland. Comfort meaning – no comfort for the cook, rather labour of love. and this is the first reason why this dish is so popular

Secondly, dumplings are cheap, at least the veggie version

Thirdly, dumplings have hundreds of varieties and are very universal. You can put inside whatever you like. In consequence, one can prepare a dinner for meat lovers and vegetarians at one go. Why not fill a bowl with different varieties and ask everyone to guess the ingredients for fillings? During Pierogi & More dumplings cooking class we allow everyone select his or her filling ingredients.

Moreover, you can make a great use of left overs.

Just like pizza, pasta, ravioli, samosa, quiche lorraine and other poor people’s food!

Dumplings go as a starter, side dish, main course, snack, in a soup and as a dessert! They are therefore eaten all day long!

We eat dumplings cooked and then fried, deep fried, baked or even grilled to achieve crispy crust.

Polish dumplings cooking class
Polish dumplings cooking class

You can easily tint the dough with artificial food colours or natural ingredients. Beetroot juice is my favourite.

It is number one Christmas Eve dinner dish in Poland: with sourkraut and dried wild mushrooms or with poppy sead or little dumplings with mushrooms in beetroot soup. The Christmas dumpling cooking class combined with tasting of other Christmas dishes is available in December. Learn more here.

Nowadays extravagant stuffing and fancy toppings to turn this simple dish into a gourmet delicacy. You can surprise your guests at home with an exquisite and rare dish.

Polish dumplings cooking class
Polish dumplings cooking class

On top of that, pierogi are really easy to make. Book a Polish dumplings cooking class and find out how.

….and many more reasons to love Polish dumplings…

All these reasons contribute to the overwhelming popularity of Polish dumplings. This dish has, therefore, always been an important element of our culinary culture and traditions.

Polish dumplings cooking class
Polish dumplings making
Polish dumplings cooking class
Genuine Polish dumplings dinner

Polish dumplings workshop

The origins of Polish dumplings

Polish dumplings workshop will introduce you to the Polish cooking traditions. Pierogi constitute an important part of our culinary heritage, they are very famous. However, they were not invented by the Poles! Originally the arrived to Europe from China. In other words, they stay in line with many other useful inventions. Such as paper or gunpowder. Chinese dim sum were the first out of a long list of meat or veggie filled wheat pastries known today.

Polish dumplings workshop
Polish dumplings workshop

Dumplings are everywhere

Dumplings, not only Polish dumplings, have always been cheap to make almost everywhere, therefore they became a very popular poor people’s food worldwide. As a result, their popularity spread throughout the globe. Everyone knows tortellini, ravioli, chinkali, pielmieni. Many of us forget, though, they are all distant relatives of Polish pierogi.

Polish dumplings workshop
Polish dumplings workshop

Polish dumplings

The dish made its way to Polish tables in 13th century through Ruthenia, a region around Kiev. This region belonged to Poland until the beginning of WW2, but now it is a part of Ukraine. Most Poles do not need a cooking class to learn to make dumplings. Why? Because they wholeheartedly believe they were born with this skill:-). Above all, there is a grain of truth in it. Everyone who grew up in a traditional household had dumplings made by a grandmother. Consequently the tradition of pierogi making is deeply rooted in our culture. A Polish dumplings workshop is a good way to discover our culinary culture.

Accoring to a legend Saint Jack (Hyacinth) of Poland fed the poor people with pierogi. Hence, pierogi have their own saint!

Polish dumplings workshop
Polish dumplings workshop

“Pierogi” – the origin of the name

The word “pierogi” is already in plural, therefore, please, do not say “pierogis”, “pieróg” is for single. The name derives from: an old slovian word „pir” meaning a feast, party, merry gathering. In conclusion, one can say, a plate of dumplings is the first choice party food.

If you want to learn more, please, book our Polish dumplings workshop.

Polish dumplings workshop
Polish dumplings cooking class
Polish dumplings workshop
Genuine Polish dumplings cooking class