The potato is known as kartoffel or zieminak in Poland. Whatever you call them, they have found their place in Polish cuisine. The enourmously popular comfort food is believed to have been brought to Poland by King Jan III Sobieski. They are so loved that Polish poetry has been written in praise of the potato.
No poetry here, just simple prose as I share my best Polish potato recipes, 11 of them!
Potato Pancakes (Placki Zimeniaczane) – quintessential comfort food, that’s what potato pancakes are. They’re so delicious on their own, but I love to top them with gulasz. Readers have told me they like to eat potato pancakes sour cream, a sprinkle of sugar, or even grape jelly.
Potato Dumplings (Kopytka) – Top these potato dumplins with buttered, toasted bread crumbs, pan drippings, gravy, or add them to a stew.
Potato & Cheese Pierogi (Pierogi Ruskie) – traditionally made with twarog, pierogi ruskie has to be the most popular pierogi filling.
Hunter Style Potatoes (Ziemniaki po Mysliwsku) – add a saltiness to fried potatoes with anchovies and capers.
Potato Bread (Chleb Ziemniaczany) – the addition of potatoes to this bread, adds a nice touch to the flavor and keeps it moist and fresh longer.
Potato Soup (Zupa Ziemniaczana) – a plain potato soup is tasty, but when you add bacon and smoked sausage, it’s amazing!
Potatoes with Dill – boiled potatoes with dill and butter and sour cream make a classic side dish.
Potato Salad (Sałatka Jarzynowa) – technically, this is called vegetable salad, but I think of it as the world’s best potato salad. It makes a big batch, but with everyone going back for seconds and thirds, you’ll need it.
Pumpkin & Potato Kopytka – Classic kopytka gets a kick of color from the addition of pureed pumpkin.
Potato Cake (Babka Ziemniaczana) – add a serving of this potato cake as a side dish at supper, or fry it up for breakfast with bacon and eggs.
Potato Plum Dumplings (Knedle ze Śliwkami) – a potato dough wrapped around sweet and tart plums. Maybe they’re dessert, maybe they’re breakfast?