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

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