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A Food-lover’s Tour of Poland
With a recorded civilization more than one thousand years in the making, it is no surprise that Polish cuisine has been influenced by a diverse group of neighboring nations and a multitude of ethnicities. If you are a food connoisseur, then you should not discount the variety of delicious dishes you’ll be able to sample during a vacation in Poland. Whether you want to enjoy different regional cuisine, or you like sampling bites of flavors from street vendors, you’ll enjoy every bite of mouthwatering Polish cuisine.
Tastes by Region Kashubia: Crystal clear rivers and salty seas provide the main course in this region: fish! The preparation of herring and salmon dishes in Kashubia are commonly prepared by frying, boiling or pickling in vinegar, but the regional specialty is Kashubian fish soup with lemon juice. Masuria: This area is famous for “Polish” sausage cooked in beer, then added to a sauce of sour cream, onion and hot beer that all goes over noodles. Mazovia: Known both for a flavorful beet stew (cwikla )and a hearty mushroom soup, Mazovian cooks add horseradish to beetroot and make another soup from “green geese” mushrooms.
Sampling Street Snacks Polish Pizza: Zapiekanki is an open baguette topped with cheese and mushrooms. Smoked Sheep’s Cheese: Oscypek is cheese from the highlands south of Krakow that is smoked, then grilled and served with cranberry jam. Stuffed Pancakes: Nalesniki are delicious little pancakes stuffed with fruit or cottage cheese and topped with powdered sugar. Pretzel/Bagel: Obwarzanek is a crusty bread loaded with sesame seeds and salt and just as popular in Poland as pretzels are in NYC.
Nature’s Bounty Poles are no fools when it comes to making use of what nature has provided. Foods that grow naturally in the wild often find their way into Polish recipes, and you may enjoy a guided tour of the countryside gathering wild mushrooms and berries. Raspberries, blueberries and blackberries become a sweet topping for pancakes or a stuffing for pierogis. The earthy mushrooms become savory soups or a filling for flaky pastries.
Beets also grow wild throughout Poland, and this red root has long been a staple food here, especially on chilly winter evenings when a steaming bowl of barszcz warms the body from the inside out. There are several distinct recipes for beetroot soup, with a strictly vegetarian version that is traditionally served as the first course during the Christmas Eve feast. Adventurous Appetites Are you a foodie with a bold spirit? Someone who enjoys attempting new heights of gastronomic delight? Poland can certainly satisfy an adventurous appetite with its own interesting list of bizarre foods. Jellied Cow Trotters: Nozki is a dish that defies explanation- as in why would anyone think of cutting off cows’ feet and boiling them to a smelly, gelatinous slime? The gray mess gets refrigerated then cut in cubes that are eaten with horseradish.
There are a few more odd Polish foods that you might sample if you dare. Try fried pork crackling on crusty rye bread (smalec), or how about some ducks blood and vinegar (czernina)? Ever had fish jello? Karp galarecie is a popular Polish dish, and so is tripe soup (flaki).
Hello Dopesaint43! These looks yummy :) As you're talking about Polish food, it may be interesting to move it whithin the Poland page, so everybody could learn more about it! Feel free to check the links in your welcome message or ask for help if needed! Thanks for your contribution! PierrB 03:56, 19 February 2013 (EST)
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