11 Polish Easter Foods You Must Try This Week

Easter is here! And in Poland that means cakes and eggs and cakes and eggs! Here is a list of all the foods you should be eating this week! And if you don’t feel like going it alone, head over to Eataway for a few Easter themed options where you can dine at a local’s table for Easter! Specifically Marta’s Easter Feast and Magda’s Easter Breakfast where you will enjoy even more than what is on this list! [For more on Easter check out our article 13 Interesting Facts about Easter in Poland– and for more on Eataway check out our article Our First Social Dining Experience].

1. Babka

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Heavy on egg yolks, this traditional Easter cake is similar to Italy’s Panettone, in that it is a semi-sweet yeast bread, which sometimes includes rum-soaked raisins.

2. Mazurek

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This very sweet, flat cake is made of a single or double sheet of short pastry, covered with a sheet of sponge cake. Marmalade is used to keep the two layers together, and on top you will find a layer of icing. The fun with this cake comes with the decorating; using dried fruits and nuts to make beautiful designs.

3. Pascha

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Although past originated in Russia, this is a Polish Easter classic. Simply put its a molded cheese, and more elaborately it’s like a cheese spread that is described as similar to cheese cake but without the crust, and great on slices of not-so-sweet cake.

4. Żurek

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This is a sour rye soup, which is enjoyed all through the year, not just at Easter. It is usually served with hard-boiled eggs and sausage in the broth, and if made from soured rye flour. Its tartness seems strange at first, but you’ll definitely grow to love it!

5. Jajka Faszerowane (Stuffed Eggs)

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Easter is all about eggs! These stuffed eggs are similar to the deviled eggs of American picnics, but have a slightly elevated flavor profile with lots of fresh herbs added; as well as, breadcrumbs and cheese!

6. Jajka na Twardo (Hard Boiled Eggs)

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These are as simple as the name- just plain hard-boiled eggs. Usually sliced and made into open faced sandwiches, or cut in half and topped with a little mayo, salt, and pepper. The eggs that were in the basket

7. Sałatka Jarzynowa (Cooked Vegetable Salad)

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This creamy vegetable salad is a little strange for some. For me, it’s a bit mushy, and many friends have admitted hating it as a child, but learning to appreciate it as an adult. The salad itself is usually boiled peas, carrots, potatoes, eggs, pickles, and onions, all crossed with a heaping amount of mayonnaise.

8. Pasztet

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Also referred to as pate, this Polish version often comes in the form of a loaf. Made from liver, it is a rich spread to add to your breakfast table, and can be served by the slice.

9. Kiełbasa Biała

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White sausage is personally my favorite type of Polish sausage, and definitely my favorite to have for breakfast. It isn’t smoky like many other kielbasas, and often contains hints of garlic, marjoram, and black and white pepper.

10. Wędliny

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A full array of what us Americans call deli-meats will always be on the Polish Easter table.

11. Chrzan

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Simply Polish for horseradish, what makes this unique to the table is that it is often homemade! Go to any Polish market around Easter time and you can buy horseradish root by the kilo. If you’ve never had it fresh before, now is your time to try it!

As always, if you have any questions feel free to email me at emilysguidetokrakow@gmail.com and a huge thank you to Agata Poznanska for her help in putting this list together! And don’t forget to check out Eataway for an awesome local dining experience in Poland or around the world! 

4 Comments Add yours

  1. Kay Bromley says:

    That all looks very delicious……


  2. janetshockley@comcast.net says:

    Blown my mind again. Uncle Harold has horse radish in his garden. Sam use to love to get some and fix to have in ref for beef, etc. I just love your writings. Such a good job. Love A. Janet


  3. Tom says:

    Gosh, how I love the mazurek cake. It totally brings back my memories when I was studying in Poland. I used to eat it at my girlfriend’s house. We have to visit her family and I must meet my friends from the Polish course. The school was amazing. Gave me much confidence in speaking Polish. Me and Polish? Who would have thought 😉 The school is called Prolog, if you’re interested. Here it is: http://polishcourses.com/. Worth the time and effort. And the results remain 🙂


  4. tenkris says:

    Żurek is absolutely my favourite…so yummy!!


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