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The Best Polish Finger Food [With Recipes]

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Chips and cookies shouldn’t be the only thing you serve guests in your home. Whether it’s a formal meal or an impromptu dinner, there are many tasty Polish appetizers and snacks to treat your guests with. Many of the best Polish finger food recipes are easy to make at home and delicious! Here are our 13 favorite Polish snacks and finger food to serve at celebrations, parties, and events. 

1. Kielbasa and Kabanosy

Kielbasa frying in a pan.
Kielbasa, the quickest meaty finger food!

Apart from being the tastiest, Polish sausages are also the easiest snacks to serve, kiełbasa is also the easiest finger foods to cook. Be it classic kabanos, smoked pork kabanos, or a mix of different kielbasa, it’s really easy to simply boil, fry, or grill the sausages and serve with a nice homemade dip. 

We love to serve kielbasa with gzik, the mouth-watering farmer’s cheese dip. But these famous Polish sausages can go with anything from simple ketchup or mustard, to hot sauce or horseradish sauce, garlic sauce, dill sauce, or even a luscious tartar sauce

Kielbasa is easily the meatiest and the most popular Polish finger food!

2. Racuchy

Polish racuchy pancakes in a white plate next to apples.
Polish racuchy pancakes – homemade comfort food!

Loved by kids and adults alike, racuchy are Polish pancakes or fritters made with apples. Soft and fluffy, these pancakes are traditionally just covered with icing sugar. They can also be eaten with ice cream, dandelion syrup, raspberry syrup, jam, or sour cream.

Racuchy z jabłkami can be eaten as a snack or breakfast as well!

3. Prunes Wrapped In Bacon

Prunes wrapped in bacon on a blue plate.

Made with one of Poland’s popular fruits, the dried plum or prune, this Polish appetizer will disappear as soon as you place it on the table. All you do is wrap prunes in slices of bacon and bake them for a while. Serve this mouth-watering Polish finger food warm or cold.

4. Salmon Spinach Roll 

Salmon and spinach roll.
Salmon Spinach rolls can be sliced for starters!

The Polish rolada szpinakowa consists of a dough of spinach leaves that is slathered with cream cheese and filled with slices of smoked salmon. Much like the roulade, it’s cut into slices that display a beautiful circular pattern when served.

The salmon and spinach roll is fairly simple to prepare but makes you look like an expert in the kitchen! 

5. Paszteciki

Polish paszteciki z mięsem in a plate.
Polish paszteciki are pies made with mince or sauerkraut filling

Paszteciki are traditional Polish pies that can have either veg or meat fillings. The method for making the yeast-based dough for both the pastries is the same.

Paszteciki z mięsem are made with minced meat of pork or beef. On the other hand, paszteciki z kapusta i grzybami are made with a sauerkraut and dried mushroom filling. The sauerkraut paszteciki are often found on the Polish Christmas table

Bite-sized and tempting, always make sure you make twice the amount of paszteciki for seconds. 

6. Bread With Tasty Spreads

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Homemade Polish spelt bread on a wooden chopping board.
Homemade Polish bread

Perhaps the easiest of Polish finger foods is simply toasted bread with different kinds of spreads on top. You can do this with one type of bread or with a mix of different Polish bread. Here are a few good combinations.

Of course, if you’re serving bread as comfort food after dinner, your choices are different. You can serve slices of raisin babka or dry fruit bread, or soda bread with jam. Whatever way you serve it Polish bread is the most basic and delicious finger food!

7. Kanapka or Zapiekanka

Polish kanapka sandwiches on a platter.
Polish kanapka are open-faced sandwiches

Kanapka sandwiches deserve a special mention because these open-faced Polish sandwiches are eaten all over Poland almost every day. A modified version of the French baguette, they’re eaten for breakfast all over Poland. 

They can be topped with anything, from cheese and sausages to fresh veggies and horseradish sauce. In some parts of Poland, you’ll find them served as starters in restaurants.  

One particularly well-known version of kanapka is the zapiekanka. They were invented in the 1970s as an answer to lack and a desire to be on equal terms with rich folk. 

Street food stalls around Krakow are especially popular for their crispy and cheap zapiekanka made with mushrooms, cheese, onions, and ketchup. Here’s how to make it at home!

8. Sweet Polish Buns

Polish sweet cheese buns on a white plate.
Polish sweet cheese buns made with farmer’s cheese

Buns don’t have to be only savory. They can be sweet too!

Drożdżówka z serem are Polish sweet cheese buns that are a popular snack. Round in shape, these buns are filled with a mixture of farmer’s cheese, sugar, butter, and yolks. Sometimes topped with raisins, they’re the perfect Polish snack to satisfy your sweet tooth.

For those who prefer fruit more than cheese, the Polish blueberry buns called jagodzianki are just as yum! Made with fresh or frozen blueberries, they’re not as sweet as muffins or cupcakes, which makes blueberry buns perfect as snacks or even for breakfast!

9. Deviled Eggs

Polish deviled eggs called jajka faszerowane on a white platter.
Jajka faszerowane or Polish deviled eggs

A part of almost every culture, deviled eggs have been eaten in Europe for centuries. Originating in Andalusia, the yolks of boiled eggs are removed, mixed with other ingredients, and added back to the boiled egg whites.

You’ll find deviled eggs on many Polish tables, be it for finger food or for the Easter meal. Different fillings include ketchup, mayonnaise, peas, smoked mackerels, diced ham, cheese and olives, and many different options.

10. Cold Stuffed Tomatoes

Cold stuffed tomato in a white plate surrounded by chopped chives.
Cold stuffed tomatoes are the perfect finger food for summer

A popular Polish snack that can be prepared in just ten minutes, the cold stuffed tomatoes are the perfect party food. All you need to do is hollow out the tomatoes and fill them with a mixture of diced cheese, ham, chopped chives, mayonnaise, and spices. For step-by-step instructions follow my stuffed tomato recipe here!

11. Klopsiki

Klopsiki meatballs being added to a pot.
Klopsiki or pulpety are small walnut-sized meatballs

Polish meatballs are called klopsiki. These small golf-ball-sized meatballs can be eaten as is or with a variety of sauces.

Some popular versions include the klopsiki w sosie chrzanowym made with the zesty and sharp-flavored horseradish or the pulpety with mushroom sauce. Klopsiki can also be added to salads or thrown into soups

However, you serve them, klopsiki are sure to delight both adults and kids!

12. Chrusciki Angel Wing Cookies

Chrusciki on a plate.
Angel wing cookies are called Chrusciki

These cookies were traditionally eaten for Tłusty Czwartek (Fat Thursday) as a means of finishing eggs, lard, and other ingredients you couldn’t eat during Lent. Light and crispy these cookies are sweetened with a sprinkling of powdered sugar.

Chrusciki literally translates to twigs or brushwood, which is what they look like. They’re also called angel wing cookies because they look like delicate angel wings. Nowadays, it’s easy to make these chrusty as a quick snack for tea time or just whenever you’re hungry.

13. Krokiety

 

Krokiety on a white plate.
Krokiety are Polish croquettes

Looking like croquettes, but made differently, the Polish krokiety is a dish loved by everyone. A stuffing of sauerkraut with or without mushrooms is used as a filling for thin naleśniki crepes that are then breaded and fried.

The sauerkraut can also be substituted with minced meat. Another popular version that’s often served at Polish weddings is the krokiety ruskie. These consist of a mix of mashed potatoes and cheese rolled in nalesniki and deep fried till golden brown. They taste best right out of the frying pan!

14. Andrut Polish Wafers

Andrut wafers are cut in diamond shapes.
Show off by making homemade andrut wafers

Diamond-shaped wafer biscuits or wafer cakes are called andruty kaliskie or andrut. These mouthwatering Polish treats are made by layering light and crispy wafers with kajmak and plum jam to form a total of four layers of filling between five layers of wafers. This scrumptious snack is really easy to make at home!

15. Fermented Polish Food

Pickles and fermented foods are high on the list of comfort foods in any culture. And we Poles have some favorites too. Here are our top choices of fermented foods to serve for Polish get-togethers, dinners, and celebrations!

These pickled Polish foods can just be eaten plain or served with meaty sides or toasted bread. Either way, they’re tangy and delicious! 

So that’s our list of the best Polish finger food to enjoy with family or dinner guests. How many of them have you tried?

 

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