The fourth largest immigration group to western PA were the Poles. From the early 1800's to the beginning of World War II, approximately 5 million Polish immigrants came to the United States.
Traditional Polish fare is a blend of Slavic (Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Ukraine, Belarus, Croatia and other countries) and it also shares roots with French and Italian cuisines.
Soups: Since Poland is so cold soups are popular: Barszcz (bright red fermented beetroot soup), Żurek (made of sour rye flour and boiled meat) and Bigos (combination of cabbage, mushrooms and various meats) and Zupa buraczkowa (red beetroot soup with potatoes).
Poland is also renowned for dumplings especially pierogi (dough filled with minced meat, brined cabbage, mushrooms, potatoes, onions and cottage cheese). Paczki (donuts) are popular.
Beverages: One of Poland’s most famous specialties is clear vodka, traditionally enjoyed neat without ice or mixers. Other drinks include: Kompot (compote or fruit drinks) beers,mead, etc.
Salads or side dishes: Kartofle Gotowane (simple boiled potatoes with parsley or dill), Kopytk(hoop shaped potato dumplings), Kasza gryczana (cooked buckwheat groats), Tłuczone Ziemniaki (mashed potatoes), and Mizeria (traditional salad made from cucumbers, sour cream and dill).
Sweets and desserts: Makowiec (sweet poppy seed-swirl cake), Pączek (donut filled with jam or fruit conserves), Pierniki (soft gingerbread shapes iced or filled with marmalade flavors and sometimes covered with chocolate) and Sernik (cheesecake) which is one of the most popular desserts in Poland. It is a cake made primarily of twaróg (type of fresh cheese), eggs, vanilla, raisins and orange
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