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What are your 5 favorite Polish dishes? Posted by on Aug 31, 2020 in cooking, Countries, Culture

I know that most of you have more, but if you would have to choose 5 absolute favorite dishes from Poland, what would they be?

I have no problem sharing mine with you!

Number one would be definitely pierogi z kapustą i grzybami (pierogi with sauerkraut and mushrooms)!!!

Image by waszw from Pixabay

I love all different types of pierogi (remember – there is no “s” at the end – pierogi is plural), but these savory ones have always been my favorite. They are easy to make, and very popular around Christmas season. Although I love them any time of the year! And of course I love to put sautéed onions and bacon on top while serving them.


My second favorite would be Gołąbki! My family absolutely loves this dish! And I make it quite often:)

Gołąbki I made last week (here right before I cooked them on low heat for 2 hours).

This video is pretty long, but it really explains everything very well and it also shows my favorite way to cook this dish: I prefer making it in a cast iron pot with liquid in it!

Lets choose number 3…and it would have to be Kopytka! Have you heard about these? They are Polish potato dumplings (great to make if you have leftover mashed potatoes). They are cooked in the water and can be served right after, but they are the best heated up on the pan after they are cooked – perfect and crispy! Often served with sautéed onions, fresh herbs or sour-cream on the top. Yum!!!

Kopytka right before they are cooked! Image by utroja0 from Pixabay

Check out this video:


Number 4 on the list…Naleśniki! They are Polish version of crepes [just better than French:) – I don’y have a proof, but I definitely think French stole this recipe from us🤣].

Image by RitaE from Pixabay

They are perfect for breakfast, snack, dessert, dinner…My favorite ones are made with sweet cheese (farmers cheese mixed with eggs and sugar), crisped up on a frying pen and served with sour cream and sugar on the top! I also love them with fresh fruit or any type of jam!


And finally number 5 goes to…I know that a lot of you will not agree with me on this one, but I absolutely miss this dish…It is Flaki! Polish tripe soup!

Image by ivabalk from Pixabay

There is just something so special about this soup…delicious, spicy and I bet if you would not know what’s in it, you would love it after tasting it!

But if you would like to know what’s in it and how to make it, check out this video:



These were my favorite Polish dishes.I can’t wait to read what are yours! Please share them with me in comments below!


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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. Tereleczek Szkotowski:






    • Kasia:

      @Tereleczek Szkotowski Yum! Placki ziemniaczane z gulaszem are so delicious! Thank you for sharing your favorites with us:)

  2. Adrian:

    Number 1 for me would be Bigos, it’s so warming on a cold day.
    Number 2: Gołąbki, in the UK you can’t get the large cabbages so they are small child size ones :o)
    Number 3: wątróbka i ziemniak
    Number 4: szarlotka
    Number 5: barszcz czerwony

    • Kasia:

      @Adrian Delicious! Love all of these. Thank you for sharing:)

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