Winter in Poland is really beautiful! Especially in the southern regions and the magnificent Tatra Mountains and cold weather can last well into the spring!
So, what do Polish people do to warm up? Eat soups! Typical Polish soups are famous all over the world! Thick and hearty soups made in Poland often contain vegetables, meat, eggs, rice or noodles and are eaten as full dish with bread slices for lunch. Soups are one of traditional foods, eaten throughout the year. Definitely, you should try it during your vacations in Poland! It’s mandatory! Soups are also a great source of vitamins and minerals! Made mainly with vegetables – excellent to keep you warm and cold free during long autumn and winter months!
There are variety of Polish soups, you can see a few examples below:
Borscht (Barszcz czerwony)
Mushroom Soup – Zupa Grzybowa
Pickle Soup – Zupa Ogorkowa
Rosol – Chicken Noodle Soup
Another typical Polish soup is Zurek – Polish Sour Soup made with sausages and hard boiled eggs. Zurek is often eaten on Easter Sunday morning during breakfast celebration. If you like to cook, you can try to prepare it on your own! Here’s a recipe for Zurek – Polish Sour Soup and enjoy!
Zurek – Polish Sour Soup
Ingredients in this recipe:
- 6 cups sausage cooking water (fat removed)
- 1 clove minced garlic
- 2 cups sour cream
- 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 link white Polish sausage, casing removed, sliced 1/4″ thick
- 1 link smoked Polish sausage, casing removed, sliced 1/4″ thick
- 6 medium potatoes, peeled, cut into chunks and boiled
- 6 hard-cooked sliced eggs
- 6 slices light or dark rye bread
- salt and pepper
1. In a large pot, add sausage water and garlic. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer, partially covered, for 5 minutes.
Fork-blend the flour and sour cream. Temper the sour cream with a little hot sausage water, then return to pot, stirring until thickened.
2. Add sausages, potatoes and eggs to pot and heat until warmed through. Season to taste. At this point, some people add a pinch of sugar or a tablespoon of vinegar. The soup should have a pleasantly sour taste.
3. Into 6 heated bowls, tear rye bread into bite-sized pieces. Ladle hot soup over bread and enjoy!
We invite you to join us on our culinary vacations in Poland as we always make delicious Polish soups during our cooking classes with local housewives and chefs. Register early because our small-group tours fill up fast! Please visit our Home Page for all 2022 tours details.
Smacznego! – Enjoy!
| Malgorzata (Sarna) Rose, is a native of Poland. Poland Culinary Vacations grew out of her love and passion for travel and everything Polish, including fine Polish cuisine, eventually blossoming into a first-class culinary travel company. While growing up in Poland, she experienced the great joy of cooking with family and friends. Using her grandmothers' recipes and fresh ingredients from their gardens, they prepared food for weddings, parties, and traditional holidays. Now, through Poland Culinary Vacations, she wants to share that experience with you, and show you the best of everyday Polish living: the special people and their hospitality, and the heritage and traditions unique to each region. Only a native can help you discover and fully experience the authentic Poland!
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