Leczo Inspired Pepper Stew

Leczo is a bell pepper stew that originally hails from Hungary (where it is spelled lecso). At some point, variations made their way through the region and over to Poland. This is NOT a recipe for an authentic Hungarian Lecso, but it does contain some of the necessary fundamentals: peppers, onion, tomato, and paprika. The end result is still delicious and can be a vegetarian stew/ragout used to top something like rice or buckwheat, or it can include kielbasa or other meat to make it a heartier standalone stew. Or it can just be a great side. This recipe is also much thicker than a lot of other leczo recipes out there, but you can obviously combine elements of all and adjust based on your preferences. 🙂 Continue reading

Cod Cakes with Leek Mustard Sauce

These cod cakes help make just over a pound of cod (or other fish) go pretty far, so they’re good for a small crowd or family dinner. This leek mustard sauce has some sweet and tangy notes that come from white wine, mustard, sour cream, and apricot jam, which might seem like an odd addition, but it works! If you don’t have apricot jam, you could add a few pinches of sugar, or maybe a tablespoon or two of orange juice. Just make sure to wash your leeks very well before cooking–there is a 100% chance that there is a ton of dirt in between the layers! You can either slice lengthwise and run each layer under water, or, you can chop to your desired size and then put in a large bowl of water. This way, the dirt will settle to the bottom and you can scoop out your clean leeks from the top. I promise it isn’t that much of a hassle, and the leeks are worth it! Also, you can use fresh dill if you want for the cod, I just haven’t had any luck finding it in stores since the start of the Covid lockdown. Anyway, here is the recipe. Smacznego!

*Makes approximately 11-14 cod cakes

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Baked White Beans with Tomato Sauce (Fasola Pieczona)

Well hello! It’s been a while. But I’m back with an easy and filling recipe that is kind of a cross between Breton Beans (Fasolka po Bretonsku), which are very popular in Poland, and Greek Gigantes.

You can basically turn these into Breton Beans if you add kielbasa or boczek before baking. These are plenty flavorful without meat. Continue reading

Pierogi with Potato and Cheese (Ruskie Pierogi)

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Pierogi are addicting.

The most common fillings are potato and cheese, ground meat, and sauerkraut and mushroom. Sweet cheese and berries are also popular.

They can be served boiled or fried, almost always have a side of sour cream, and the savory versions are usually topped with diced caramelized onions.

Today, we will work on the potato and cheese, aka ruskie pierogi. Continue reading

Ground Meat Patties (Kotlety Mielone)

img_4486Kotlety mielone, or ground meat patties, are a home cooking classic. These are easy to make and are great as left overs so you can make a few days worth of dinner at once woooo! You can also use any kind of ground meat you like, just make sure you get the best quality meat you can find. 

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Potato Dumplings (Kluski)

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The humble potato shines in this basic recipe and makes approximately 65 heavenly potato pillows. Kluski are delicious when fried with some butter and breadcrumbs on a pan, with a mushroom sauce, or in soups. I’m pretty sure that this is the second most popular form of potato in Poland, right after potato and cheese pierogi 🙂 Continue reading

Breakfast Buckwheat

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I’ve already raved about buckwheat in a savory recipe post, so I don’t need to do it again here! Roasted buckwheat for breakfast might sound strange to some, but it’s a great way to start the day. You can add whatever you might add to oatmeal to this, but I had strawberries, raisins, and almonds on hand for this recipe. Continue reading

Sweet Cheese Crepes (Naleśniki z Serem)


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Naleśniki are a basically the Polish version of French crepes. I guess these are also like blintzes (?) but I won’t try to wrap my head around the differences, if there are any (I actually think they are the same). I simply know them as naleśniki and they are fantastic! Continue reading

Zapiekanka (Toasted open-face sandwich)

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Oh man, I remember running home after school as a little girl to get my hands on some hot zapiekanki…ahhh memories. Zapiekanki are toasted open-face baguettes that are typically topped with mushrooms, onions, cheese, and ketchup. But really, they are communist food shortage pizzas from Poland. This poor man’s pizza is the product of hard times in 1970s Poland that saw an astronomical rise in basic Continue reading