Cold cuts plate on a Polish table Posted by on Jul 23, 2020 in Countries, Culture, food

You will find this staple on Polish table literally any time of the day: during breakfast, lunch or dinner! Looking beautiful, tasty and such a versatile dish – no matter how you want to taste what’s on it.

It is very simple, yet elegant. Plate full of cold cuts (wędliny), often with different cheeses (sery), lettuce (sałata) and pickles (ogórki kiszone), is definitely something that tourists visiting Poland will remember for a long time. I guess you can call it “the charcuterie plate of Poland”!

You will see it quite often served with breakfast (śniadanie), along with eggs (scrambled or hard boiled), fresh crispy bread and fruit/vegetables. You can either make a sandwich (kanapka) out of the cuts or just have it on a plate along with vegetables, eggs, cheese,  etc.

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During lunch it is often the same, as well as during dinner. You will also see it at parties (przyjęcia), weddings (wesela) and other gatherings (spotkania).

Most like likely cold cuts plate will include szynka (ham), kiełbasa (sausage), boczek wędzony (smoked bacon), kaszanka (blood sausage), salami (salami), kabanosy polędwica (smoked high quality pork) and often parówki (high quality, delicate hot dogs) and kabanosy (dry, smoky pork).

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You will also see different cheeses, lettuce, radishes and olives on the plate! Almost every wedding (especially in the smaller towns and villages) has a special plate (often a rustic looking cart) where you can taste all kinds of different , home made sausages, hams, cold cuts, lard and pickles! Delicious!

Home made smoked sausages, ham and other delicious food to try during my wedding in Poland!

Always fresh, delicious and so great any time of the day!

What is your favorite wędlina?

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About the Author: Kasia

My name is Kasia Scontsas. I grew near Lublin, Poland and moved to Warsaw to study International Business. I have passion for languages: any languages! Currently I live in New Hampshire. I enjoy skiing, kayaking, biking and paddle boarding. My husband speaks a little Polish, but our daughters are fluent in it! I wanted to make sure that they can communicate with their Polish relatives in our native language. Teaching them Polish since they were born was the best thing I could have given them! I have been writing about learning Polish language and culture for Transparent Language’s Polish Blog since 2010.


  1. Eva:

    My favorite are easily kabanosy. Finding good ones in Houston, Texas can be tough! We’re blessed to have Polonia Restaurant & Store as a resource. 🙂

  2. Nathan:

    Great article! I love learning about Polish culture and if it involves food i’m even more invested in learning. This is unrelated but you said you are fluent in Polish, and you also love to learn new languages. Do you have any suggestions for learning Polish? I already use an app, and youtube sometimes, but any other recommendations would be very helpful.

  3. Kim:

    Hello Kasia. Thank you for writing this blog. I especially love each post you write about food.
    What is your favorite Polish cheese? When you go to a Polish deli in America, what kielbasa do you buy for your Polish cold cut platter?