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Bigos: Polish Hunter's Stew

This traditional Polish meat and cabbage stew typically includes several types of meat including Kielbasa sausages, and sauerkraut, which is sometimes mixed half and half with fresh cabbage. Other ingredients and seasonings such as apples, prunes, tomatoes, mushrooms, allspice berries, bay leaves, and peppercorns, are sometimes added. c

Bigos Ingredients
- 1/2 pound of bacon
- 1 pound lean pork or wild boar meat
- 1 large onion
- 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
- 2 cups cooked dried :Polish (Borowik) wild mushrooms
- 2 apples, cored and cut into chunks
- 3 prunes, cut up into pieces
- 2 root vegetables, cut up (turnips, carrots, etc)
- 1 pound Kielbasa sausages, cut into small chunks
- 1 can of plum tomatoes
- 1/2 pound of sauerkraut
- 1/2 cup of red wine
- 1/2 cup of meat broth
- Bay leaves and allspice berries (optional)
- Salt and pepper

Bigos Instructions
Chop the bacon into 1/4 inch pieces, cook it until crisp, and remove the cooked bacon from the pan and set it aside. Cut the pork into small cubes and brown it lightly in the bacon fat. Stir in the chopped onion and cook until the onion is tender. cover the meat with hot water and simmer until it is cooked throughout (or until very tender). Add the garlic, apples, prunes, mushrooms, vegetables, and tomatoes, and cook for 5 or 10 minutes. Stir in the sauerkraut, sausages, and cooked bacon. Add salt and pepper to taste ande cook, uncovered, until sauerkraut is tender and the stew is as thick as you like it.

More About Polish Hunter's Stew(Bigos)
- Wikipedia Introduction to Bigos

For more European recipes see Recipes From Europe. For information about visiting Poland see our Poland Travel Guide.

See also
More Recipes From Europe
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