Polish Christmas Recipes

Although nobody will be cooking for a crowd this year and celebrations will undoubtedly be different in many ways, maybe reaching for some nostalgic food can bring a comfort this people this Christmas. If you are looking Polish Christmas Eve (Wigilia) or Christmas Day recipes scroll down and see if anything strikes your fancy! Stay safe, stay healthy, and Merry Christmas/Wesołych Świąt!

Christmas Eve

Pierogi with Potato and Cheese (Ruskie Pierogi)

Pierogi are always a good option! These can be served on Christmas Eve or Christmas, or both.

Cod Cakes with Leek Mustard Sauce

Christmas Eve, known as Wigilia, is all about the fish, many many fish! Carp usually makes an appearance on Christmas Eve and is usually fried. This dish is good for a crowd (I see you, 2021…or 22) and is a nice change up.

Red Barszcz (Czerwony Barszcz Wigilijny)

Christmas Eve fish shares its spotlight with barszcz, which kicks off the meal. This meatless beet based broth is served with mushroom uszki or paszteciki (recipe below).

Paszteciki (Savory Mushroom and Cabbage Pastries)

Barszcz is traditionally served with mushroom uszki (similar to tortellini), but you can change it up by serving paszteciki on the side instead. These go quickly!

Christmas Day

Hunter’s Stew (Bigos)

This hearty dish made of sauerkraut, meat, and other veggies is good to make a day or two in advance because it tastes better after the flavors sit together. It also will make your fridge smell, but it tastes good, so make it anyway.

Vegetable Salad (Sałatka Jarzynowa)

Depending on where in the world you are, this salad goes by sałatka jarzynowa, olivier salad, Russian salad, or something else I don’t know about. This recipe is meatless, but you can add cubed ham or kielbasa. Either way, it shows up on many Polish holiday tables.

Łazanki (Noodles with Cabbage and Onion)

Caramelized onions and cabbage turn these simple and affordable ingredients into a satisfying meal.

Stuffed Cabbage (Gołąbki)

Cabbage rolls filled with meat are a classic. If you make these for a small 2020 Christmas (no big gatherings!!!), you will have leftovers for daysss. That’s a good thing!

Mushroom Soup

Mushrooms and soup…two things you can usually expect in some form at a Polish meal!

Wigilia (Polish Christmas Eve Celebrations)

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For days in advance, Poles prepare the traditional foods that will be enjoyed during Wigilia, or Christmas Eve supper. Hours are spent rolling, chopping, and baking until homes are filled with aromas that evoke long cherished memories. With traditions that survived centuries of war, partitions and decades of communism, Wigilia is truly special. My mother swears that no matter she does in the kitchen now, the food just doesn’t quite taste the same as she remembers in Poland…I’m sure that’s nostalgia at work. Continue reading

Mushroom Picking! Grzybobranie!

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Mushroom picking, or grzybobranie in Polish, is a popular family activity throughout many Slavic cultures.  On a much larger and industrial scale, Poland is also the largest exporter of mushrooms in the world.  Needless to say, mushrooms are an important part of Polish cuisine and culture. Continue reading