Polish Food Gifts
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Meat, vegetables and grain are the staples of Polish cuisine, which is hearty and uncomplicated. Pork is the meat of choice, especially as kielbasa sausage.
Wild mushrooms from Poland's forests, pickled vegetables including sauerkraut (cabbage), and summertime fruits like strawberries, cherries and blueberries create a bountiful table of Polish cuisine.
At S&D Polish Deli, you can order one-of-a-kind gift baskets of Polish goodies to suit any special occasion, and your budget (see Resources). According to the website, the products in the gift baskets are imports from Poland and include famous brands and the best quality items. Workers will put a basket of treats together for you, or you can tell them what you would like included in the gift basket. The items included in a ready-made gift baskets include vegeta seasoning, Warzywko Polish seasoning, kamis meat marinade, cacovia extra hot mustard, mushroom soup instant winiary, white borscht instant winiary and sour soup zurek instant winiary. Sweet items include ptasie mleczko marshmallow in chocolate, cherries in liqueur, Torcik wedlowski wafer covered in chocolate, Pierniczki wedlowskie gingerbread covered in chocolate, Krowki Polish cow candy, chalwa and a selection of dark chocolate-filled pralines.
- At S&D Polish Deli, you can order one-of-a-kind gift baskets of Polish goodies to suit any special occasion, and your budget (see Resources).
From Soup To Nuts
At Polish gourmet food websites like Polana.com, you can order a host of Polish sausages, hams, soups, desserts and other Polish specialities (see Resources). You will find pierogi dumplings and golabki stuffed cabbage rolls on the delivery menu, along with many famous and tempting selections.
Among the traditional breads available are poppy seed sweet bread and Polish dark rye, not to mention a delectable array of gourmet cakes and pastries, like layered honey spice cake (piernik) and paczki doughnuts.
Cook It Yourself
If you enjoy whipping up custom made culinary treats as gifts, take a look at Gifts From Your Kitchen (see Resources) where there is an interesting recipe for "Polish Angel Wings." At websites like Polstore.com, there are recipes for paczki doughnuts, herring salad, cucumbers in sour cream, Polish style herring and karpatka cake, among other favourites. Also check out Polandpoland.com for a wealth of traditional recipes ready to try out, including recipes for bigos hunter's stew, potato and cheese pierogi and golabki stuffed cabbage (see Resources).
Food Theme Giftware
Consider giving a Polish food-themed gift that is not actually food, and check out websites like Zazzle.com. Search through gift items like aprons, T-shirts, mugs, totes, keychains and posters that pose a series of very important Polish food questions, like "got pierogi?" or "got sauerkraut?" or "got paczki?" and more.
- Consider giving a Polish food-themed gift that is not actually food, and check out websites like Zazzle.com.
Based in Northern California, Maureen Katemopoulos has been a freelance writer for more than 25 years. Her articles on travel, the arts, cuisine and history have appeared in publications such as "Stanislaus Magazine," "Orientations," "The Asia Magazine" and "The Peninsula Group Magazine." She holds a Baccalaureate degree in journalism from Stanford University.