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 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 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