The title may be a little misleading, these are the top 10 Polish recipes in 2018 based on Polish Housewife page views, a roundup of my most popular posts this year. It caught my attention that half of these are dessert recipes. No matter how much we say that we’re trying to stick to a healthy diet and may actually be doing it, desserts are simply a lot of fun.
Of the remaining five recipes, the top two are fried, leaving numbers seven to ten to give us the appearance of healthy eating! It’s no surprise that we have two soups in this category. Polish dinner starts with soup, and that doesn’t stop in the summer. Why do you think Chlodnik was invented?
- Kolaczki – a rich cream cheese pastry filled with all kinds of fillings, most commonly fruit, but you might also find nut or poppy seed
- Makowiec – the Polish classic, poppy seed roll always makes an appearance at Easter and Christmas
- Szarlotka – the Polish apple pie, one of the most popular desserts, served in every cafe and coffee shop
- Placki Ziemniaczane – Polish potato pancakes, whether you shred your potatoes or grate them, top them with sweet or savory, I’ve yet to meet anyone who doesn’t love potato pancakes
- Chrusciki, Chrusty Faworki, Angel Wings – a simple pastry with many names and claimed by many countries, a classic for Easter, Christmas, weddings, any celebration really
- City Chicken – a dish that’s really Polish American rather than Polish, nostalgic comfort food from the USA’s Rustbelt
- Kremowka Papieska – a reader’s question led me to this popular pastry, favorited by St. John Paul II
- Chlodnik – orginally from Lithuania, but making an appearance on every Polish restaurant summer menu is this chilled, creamy beet soup
- Zurek – this was the first Polish food that I ate in Poland and the unique sour rye broth makes it one of the most memorable Polish dishes
- Mizeria – a light, refreshing cucumber salad, a perfect side dish for so many Polish entrees
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It’s fun to look back and see what has caught readers’ eye this year, but I also want to thank you for being here, for sharing our collective culinary journeys. Let me wish you and yours the very best in 2019.
Smacznego I szczęśliwego Nowego Roku,
An accountant by trade and a food blogger since 2009, Lois Britton fell in love with Polish cuisine during the years she lived in Poznań, Poland. As the creator of PolishHousewife.com, she connects readers with traditional Polish recipes. Lois has a graduate certificate in Food Writing and Photography from the USF. She is the author of The Polish Housewife Cookbook, available on Amazon and on her website.