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Top Polish Thanksgiving Recipes

If you are looking for the top Polish Thanksgiving recipes, this is the page to bookmark (see Polish Thanksgiving Recipes below).

Wait, Polish Thanksgiving recipes?!? Thanksgiving is not even a holiday in Poland...

Even though the Poles do not celebrate Thanksgiving in Poland, there are many Polonians who have immigrated from Poland to the United States and continue to celebrate this incredible holiday with all the trimmings. In fact, the Poles have lived in the United States for over 400 years, since 1608, as early as the Vikings, and they celebrated Thanksgiving Day with the rest of our American settlers from the beginning.

Besides, the one thing the Poles are very good at is putting off a good fest with the best food--so celebrating a warm Thanksgiving meal with friends and family is very Polish. You can never have enough food! Called Święto Dziękczynienia in Polish, Thanksgiving Day is similar to the spirit of the Wiglia feast, more so than any other American holiday.

Polish Harvest Day

However, they do have a festival that is not so far off in spirit of Thanksgiving, a day of giving thanks for the harvest of the preceding year. Called Dożynki, Poles celebrate the year's harvest with plenty of good food, drink, music, and dancing.  However, unlike Thanksgiving where Americans celebrate in their homes while watching the parade on the TV, the Polish Harvest festival is celebrated in small communities and churches after the last wheat is taken from the fields.

Although some will say the two are not related at all, we can say one thing--we are all giving thanks to the bounty of the land and the food on our tables. Something we tend to easily take for granted on a day to day basis, especially now that so many people are less connected to the work required on fields to produce the food we eat daily. 

Since we are all giving thanks to the year's harvest, it seems reasonable that we can put what ever we want on the table, even some of these amazing Polish recipes below--whether you are Polish or not. Speaking of appropriate Thanksgiving recipes, the earlier settlers in America actually had an extremely varied Thanksgiving menu compared to what we serve today--which is just primarily turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing, and some vegetables. The 1621 Plymouth celebration (the first Thanksgiving Day in America) was supplemented with dishes obtained largely by hunting, fishing, and gathering: venison (deer meat), wild fowl (ducks, geese, swans, and yes, some turkey), fish (cod, eels, and bass), shellfish (clams, lobster, and mussels), berries, fruit, wild onion, and some cultivated barley, wheat, vegetables, beans, dried Indian maize, and squash.  Since our own Thanksgiving menu has changed over time, this holiday, put some creativity into your Thanksgiving dinner and mix it up with some exciting Polish recipes!

If we follow the traditional Polish Thanksgiving menu, you may find Polish-Americans serving turkey, bigos, kielbasa, meatballs in mushroom gravy, pierogi (of course), gołąbki, and lots of good salads.  You may find the pumpkin pie, but more traditional Polish desserts would probably prevail such as szarlotka (apple cake), babka, placek, or sernik.

 

Check out these Polish Thanksgiving Recipes below:

 

Pierogi Appetizer, Polish Recipes For Thanksgiving

 

 

 

Bacon Wrapped Pierogi Appetizer

Give your guests a mouth-watering surprise with these bacon wrapped pierogi. Prepare in advance, then pop in the oven right before your guests arrive.

Polish Recipes For Thanksgiving

Polish Pumpkin Soup 

Start your holiday meal with this fabulous pumpkin soup recipe. Unlike most pumpkin soup recipes, this Polish version is not as sweet but more savory.  Save the sweet for dessert.

Polish Roast Turkey Recipe for Thanksgiving

Polish Roasted Turkey with Cognac

You can do a roasted duck or goose to be really Polish, but since turkeys are such a good deal during Thanksgiving, and produce much more meat than duck, turkey for dinner it is. This turkey recipe contains herbed butter and cognac, also known as "Normandy Turkey," or "Indyk po Normandzku" in Polish.

Beet & Horseradish Sauce for Thanksgiving

Polish Beet Horseradish Sauce - Ćwikła

Instead of doing the typical cranberry sauce, try this Polish Beet sauce recipe that goes with any meat--such as kielbasa, a Polish favorite at many holiday meals.

 

 

Pierogi Recipe for Polish Thanksgiving recipes

Polish Pierogi with Sage Butter

If you want to make a Thanksgiving Polish, pierogi is a must. Potato Cheese pierogi or Mushroom & Kraut are the top holiday flavors, and top with sage butter, caramelized onions, bacon, or all the above!  You can buy pierogi nationwide from us if you are looking for a homemade, gourmet experience.

Buckwheat Groats for Polish Thanksgiving Recipes

Buckwheat Groats (Kasza) 

Instead of doing a rice dish, or any grain, try roasted buckwheat with mushrooms, caramelized onions, and garlic butter. Bacon goes well with this dish too! It's a nice substitute for stuffing.

Polish Mashed Potatoes

Potatoes with Wild Mushroom Sauce 

Everyone serves mashed potatoes with gravy at Thanksgiving, and the Poles are no exception. However, try this wild mushroom sauce on top with dill and cream. You can pour the mushroom sauce over your turkey too!

Thanksgiving Polish Recipes

 

Pan-fried Brussels Sprouts with Dill 

Pan-fried Brussels sprouts topped with a creamy dill sauce.  Even kids love this one.

Bigos Recipe. Thanksgiving Polish Recipes

Polish Bigos with Sausage & Prunes

Bigos are a classic Polish dish, made with sauerkraut, mushroom, onions, and various meats. To make this right, you want the perfect balance of sweet, sour, and savory. The prunes will surprise you--they add just the right amount of sweet.

Roasted Carrots Recipe -- Polish Thanksgiving Recipe

Honey-Glazed Roasted Carrots

You will never eat carrots the same way again after trying these Polish honey-glazed carrots topped with dill.  Easy to make, simply divine.  A must have side dish.

 

 

Red Cabbage Salad with Orange Pecans ~ Thanksgiving Recipes

Red Cabbage Salad with Orange & Pecans

This salad is not only delicious with a perfect blend of sweet, sour, softness, and crunch--but it is a colorful dish for the dinner table. It can also be made in advance so you have less to do on Thanksgiving Day.  You can also try a warm Sweet & Sour Red Cabbage recipe that is popular on the holidays.

Leek Salad ~ Polish Thanksgiving Recipes

 

Polish Leek Apple Salad

You can never have too many salads, especially if you are Polish. This is super refreshing salad with leek, apple, lemon, yogurt, honey, and walnuts. Can also be made in advance.

Polish Beet Salad -- Polish Thanksgiving Recipes

 

Warm Beet Root Salad

This is a very simple warm beet salad with beets, onions, balsamic vinegar, honey, and parsley. If you want a cold beet salad, you can make this in advance and serve it chilled. Just let it sit in the fridge over night and serve with pine nuts, feta, and basil the next day.

Polish Cheesecake Recipe -- Thanksgiving Recipes

Polish Cheesecake, Sernik 

I have been making cheesecake since I was kid--probably the first recipe I ever tried. But when I tried this recipe, I will never make the dry cream cheese versions again. I think the Poles perfected cheesecake. This is light, fluffy, lemony, and just slightly sweet. Any fruit topping works well. The key is getting good farmer's cheese. It should just be cultured milk--and slightly sour, not too runny.  Your guests will love this!!!

Polish Plum Cake -- Thanksgiving Recipes

Polish Plum Cake

We have several versions of this recipe.  This one is a light, buttery-lemon cake with fresh plums on top. The cake is more like a scone, something nice and light after a heavy Thanksgiving meal.  

With Pudding: If you are looking for a Polish cake with a vanilla pudding on top, check out our Polish Cake Recipe II.  

Polish Poppyseed Roll


Polish Makowiec, Poppy Seed Cake

This is a little more time consuming to make, but if you have the time, it is an all-time Polish favorite. Try to find a deal on poppy seeds since you will use a lot in this recipe.  Your guests will love this!!!

 

 

 

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