For Polish people and Polish-Americans, spring celebrations do not stop on Easter Sunday. Monday is also a holiday for them, known as Dyngus Day. It means “worthy”, and goes back to Christian Easter traditions of the first century. Throughout Poland and among Polish-American families, Dyngus Day is a time of enjoying the forbidden activities of Lent, such as feasting, dancing, and drinking. This year, Dyngus Day falls on Monday, April 9th. Here are some exiting Polish recipes to try.
Potato & Goat Cheese Pierogi
What would a Polish feast be without their traditional pierogi? They are tender dumplings stuffed with savory or sweet fillings, then gently boiled. Afterwards, pierogi are browned lightly in a little butter. Try these delectable pierogi for Dyngus Day, filled with mild goat cheese and potato. Serve them with a topping of sour cream.
Fried Sauerkraut Cakes With Kielbasa
Here is a delicious spin on the classic Polish pairing of sauerkraut and sausage. You will have a quick Dyngus Day meal in no time! Store-bought sauerkraut is mixed with flour, eggs, green onions, and spices, and formed into little cakes. After the cakes are pan-fried to golden brown, they are plated with generous slices of fried Polish kielbasa. Applesauce and sour cream are traditional condiments for this dish.
In Poland, they call this flavorful stew bigos. It features several types of meat chunks, such as veal, beef, and pork, that is slow cooked until tender. Other savory ingredients include sauerkraut, mushrooms, onions, and several spices. Some Polish cooks add a few dried plumbs and tomato paste to their stew. Traditionally, hunter’s stew is simmered for hours, cooled overnight, then simmered another two hours before serving. You can serve it the first day, but it is better with the extra simmering time.
About Chef Robert
My food philosophy is simple; food should be a feast of all five senses. Meals should be based on simple, tasty and smart recipes that are easy to follow. Instead of serving processed junk, I prefer to use fresh & seasonal ingredients. I gravitate towards all cuisines that are BIG on flavor. By cooking at home, we can all eat healthier and save money.