Tuesday, July 12, 2016

POLAND: Recent NATO Conference: What do they eat in Poland? Info, photos,recipes and links to over 100 Polish cooking VIDEOS & Other VIDEOS

Our president was in Poland this week for a NATO conference.  
What do they eat in Poland??

Traditional Polish fare is a blend of Slavic (Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Ukraine, Belarus, Croatia and other countries) and it also shares roots with French and Italian cuisines. At first Polish food consisted of root vegetables, wild mushrooms and coarse breads, but, over time, a variety of European influences began to appear such as tomatoes, lettuce, leeks, cauliflower,   chives and more.

Soups:  Since Poland is so cold soups are popular:  Barszcz (bright red fermented beetroot soup), Żurek (made of sour rye flour and boiled meat) and Bigos (combination of cabbage, mushrooms and various meats) and Zupa buraczkowa (red beetroot soup with potatoes).

Poland is also renowned for dumplings especially pierogi (dough filled with minced meat, brined cabbage, mushrooms, potatoes, onions and cottage cheese). Paczki (donuts) are popular.   

Beverages:  One of Poland’s most famous specialties is clear vodka, traditionally enjoyed neat, without ice or mixers. Other drinks include:  Kompot (compote or fruit drinks) beers,mead, etc. 

Main dishes: Kotlet schabowy (pork cutlet coated with breadcrumbs), Kotlet z kury (chicken cutlet with breadcrumbs), GolOnka (stewed pork knuckles or hock), Golabki (cabbage leaves stuffed with spiced minced meat and rice or mushrooms) served with sour cream or tomato sauce, Kielbasa (sausage is a staple of Polish cuisine and can be made with smoked or fresh meats), Gulasz (stew of meat, noodles and vegetables (especially potato), seasoned with paprika and other spices usually eaten with buckwheat Kasza and Zraxy (twisted shape thin slices of chopped beef flavored with salt and pepper and stuffed with vegetables, mushrooms, etc.)

Salads or side dishes:   Kartofle Gotowane (simple boiled potatoes with parsley or dill), Kopytka (hoof-shaped potato dumplings), Kasza gryczana (cooked buckwheat groats), Tłuczone Ziemniaki (mashed potatoes), and Mizeria (traditional salad made from cucumbers, sour cream and dill).

Sweets and desserts:  Makowiec (sweet poppy seed-swirl cake), Paczek (donut filled with jam or  fruit conserves), Piernick (soft gingerbread shapes iced or filled with marmalade flavors and sometimes covered with chocolate) and Sernik (cheesecake) which is one of the most popular desserts in Poland. It is a cake made primarily of twarog (type of fresh cheese), eggs, vanilla, raisins and orange peel, served cold and Mazurek (a winter holiday cake made with different fillings, fruit and walnut paste or chocolate).

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