Celebrating One Pot Wonders of Europe – Polish Bigos


  • 1 cup pitted prunes
  • 1/2 ounce dried Polish or porcini mushrooms
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 1 tablespoon bacon drippings or vegetable oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 small head fresh cabbage, chopped
  • 1 pound sauerkraut, rinsed well and drained
  • 1/2 pound smoked Polish sausage (“kielbasa“), cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1/2 pound cooked fresh Polish sausage (“kielbasa“), cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 pound leftover meat, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 3 large tomatoes, peeled and chopped
  • 1 cup dry red wine, preferably Madeira
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • Place prunes and dried mushrooms in a medium bowl. Pour over boiling water and let steep 30 minutes or until mushrooms have softened. You may chop the mushrooms and prunes, but leaving them whole makes for a chunkier dish. Set aside with soaking liquid.
  • Meanwhile, in a Dutch oven or large pot with a lid, saute onion and fresh cabbage in bacon drippings or vegetable oil.
  • When cabbage has collapsed by half, add sauerkraut, meats, tomatoes, wine, bay leaf and reserved mushrooms and prunes and their soaking liquid, being careful not to pour off the sediment in the bottom of the bowl. Mix well.
  • Bring to a boil over medium heat. Lower heat and simmer covered for about 1 1/2 hours, stirring occasionally and adding liquid as needed to prevent burning.
  • When ready to serve, remove bay leaf and any bones from meats. Portion into heated bowls and garnish with a piece of “frisee” or other fancy greens to resemble the feather in a hunter’s hat. Accompany with whole, peeled and boiled potatotes.
  • The longer this cooks, the better it tastes, and it’s even better served the next day. It’s a natural for outdoors cooking in a cast-iron kettle winter or summer. The dish lends itself well to potlucks and tailgate parties, slow cookers and freezes well.

Milego dnia (have a nice day)

Merseyside Polonia x


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We are a charity based in Liverpool who strive to develop positive relationships between the ever expanding Polish community and local residents.

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