Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Streets of Poland!

   Every time we go to Poland Justin discovers something new to eat which becomes his absolute favorite for a while! Last time we went there I introduced him to the most popular Polish street food/fast food called zapiekanka. I think it's the oldest, simplest, cheapest, and most delicious street food in Poland consisting mostly of a bread, mushroom and cheese. You should see Justin's face when he first tried it, it was love from first bite. I was a little bit concerned that we might be broke after all the zapiekankas he was buying (thank God they are cheap), he had at least one or two a day, so after 3 weeks you do the math! We could go to the best and most sophisticated restaurant in Krakow and he would still save some space so he can have zapiekanka afterward. When people ask him how was our trip to Poland, all he could talk about is how awesome zapiekankas are. So I decided to make some for dinner to make my man happy, and I never saw him that excited about dinner before. Nowadays people put all sorts of different things on it, but it's unnecessary because you can't beat the original one, which is absolutely the best. All you need is:

baguette or long buns
1 chopped onion
shredded mozzarella cheese
salt and pepper

   Saute onions and mushrooms together for about 5 minutes, just enough to release the "juices" and season them with salt and pepper. Cut the bread into half horizontally, put mushrooms on the top, and then sprinkle with shredded cheese. Bake for about 10 min at 400F until the cheese is melted and bread is crisp. To serve, top it with ketchup and chopped chives and you got yourself a signature dish of Polish streets.

   You should definitely try this version. Don't skip anything, even if you are not crazy about ketchup or chives, you should still try it because that's what makes the dish authentic. People like to also use ham, salami, chicken, or corn, but for me there is nothing better than the original and the simplest version. It just brings back memories, not only for me, but now also for Justin. And who said you can't enjoy some street food with a glass of nice wine?

   Don't they look scrumptious? If you ever go to Poland, don't forget to check them out for yourself, you won't be disappointed!



  1. That looks beautiful and delicious!

  2. In my home town (Ostrowiec) you could but them as well- the same recipe but without chives. Unfortunately there's only one place left that makes zepiekanki now :( and you're right- the basic version is THE BEST! :) Pozdrawiam serdecznie :)

  3. I LOVE these you just made me home sick :)

  4. Soooo gooooood! I think it's good because I never ate this, but I'll sure try to cook one of these!

  5. Wow that looks so good! I'll definitely have to try this!

  6. Thank you Ladies, you should definitely try it and I'm sure you will Love it!

  7. I'm polish, and really, zapiekanka isn't the polish, typical food. This is something popular, because it's cheap. Try pierogi, rosół, knedle, and other things ;) actually, for me, polish food is not that great.

  8. Thank you for sharing this one, I've made it and it's freaking awesome!

  9. Oh my goodness! I tried one of these when visiting Zakopane with my Polish husband, and had totally forgotten about them until reading your post! These are delicious. thanks for posting a recipe, and reminding me how yummy they are!

  10. I'm Polish and I think there food is ok....desserts are amazing. As this sapiekanka! Thanks for sharing....

  11. Done ! awesome recipe ! Thank you for sharing

  12. I want a zapienkankaaaaa! I was in poland and i miss so much :((, pierogis too. I make zapienkankis in my home but is not the same...