Welcome to the wild world of Polish cuisine, where every dish is a party in a pot, and today’s special is the ever-popular Bigos Stew. If you’re a fan of hearty, comforting meals that warm the soul and tickle the taste buds, then this is the recipe for you!
Now, you may be thinking, “Bigos, what’s that?” Well, my friends, Bigos is the king of Polish stews, made with an assortment of meats, sauerkraut, and an array of colorful vegetables, all slow-simmered to perfection in a pot big enough to feed an army. And with Polish Pottery, you’ll have a pot big enough to feed not just an army, but a whole kingdom!
So, break out your Polish Pottery, gather your ingredients, and let’s get cooking!
- 2 lbs (1 kg) of mixed meats (such as pork shoulder, kielbasa, and sausage)
- 2 large onions, chopped
- 4 cloves of garlic, minced
- 2 lbs (1 kg) sauerkraut, drained and rinsed
- 2 cups diced potatoes
- 2 cups diced carrots
- 1 cup diced celery
- 1 cup diced mushrooms
- 2 cups diced cabbage
- 1 cup tomato paste
- 2 cups beef or chicken stock
- 2 cups red wine
- Salt and pepper to taste
- In a large pot or Dutch oven, heat some oil over medium heat and brown the mixed meats until they are crispy on all sides. Remove the meats from the pot and set them aside.
- Add the onions, garlic, sauerkraut, potatoes, carrots, celery, mushrooms, and cabbage to the pot. Sauté the vegetables until they are tender and fragrant, about 5-7 minutes.
- Return the meats to the pot and add the tomato paste, stock, red wine, salt, and pepper. Stir to combine everything evenly.
- Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat to low and let it simmer for 3 hours, or until the meats are tender and the flavors have melded together.
- Serve the Bigos hot, garnished with fresh herbs and crusty bread on the side.
And there you have it – an Authentic Polish Bigos Stew! This dish is a celebration of flavors, textures, and aromas, and it’s perfect for a cold winter’s night. So, gather your friends, family, and anyone else who loves good food, and have a Bigos party in your Polish Pottery!
And if you’re feeling extra adventurous, try adding some spices, different vegetables, or even some fruit to the mix. The possibilities are endless, and the fun is guaranteed! So, grab a spoon, dig in, and enjoy the party in a pot!