Monday, October 12, 2009

A good appetite needs no sauce. (Polish proverb)

Ah, yes Poland. Known for its beer, vodka and pierogies. The first time I lived in this wonderful country I was introduced to various Polish cuisine. Traditional Polish food such as pierogi or Gołąbki can be found in most retaurants or households. Then, there are those tasty delights befitting to the category commonly known as "drunk food." So without further ado, it is my great pleasure to introduce you to...

Polish Delicacy of the Day: The Zapiekanka

A beautiful baguette (25- 20 cm) sliced in half only to be covered in toppings ranging from cheese to kebab meat. You are free to keep it simple with just cheese, but please, do not forgo the garlic sauce if given the chance. My apologies to the Polish Proverb, however, I enjoy my sauce with or without a good appetite. Popular toppings include mushrooms, onions, kebab meat, pineapple, olives or feta cheese.
My personal favorite is one topped with cheese, garlic sauce and fried onions. You may be thinking to yourself, that doesn't seem very Polish. What is this? I could make it at home! While this may be true, you will never understand the true glory of this food until you eat one in Poland (drunk or sober, as it does serve as a quick snack or lunch) Its similar to the Philly Cheesesteak, until you eat one in Philly, you really haven't eaten one. I enjoy zapiekankas both in a clear and fuzzy state of mind. Either way, its alway delicious.
Affordably priced anywhere from 3 to 7 zloty. They can be found on almost any street corner in Poland.


  1. So how much is a zloty worth? Can you really trust kebab meat? How is the vodka? Just make sure everybody is eating garlic when you have garlic sauce. And finally, it was a Greek philosopher who said hunger is the best seasoning for food.