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Bigos (Hunters Stew)

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Serves 8

My favourite Polish recipe, great for those cold winter nights.

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Ingredients

  • 50g butter
  • 2 med onions, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1 jar sauerkraut
  • 1 can peeled chopped tomatoes
  • 1 med white cabbage
  • 300ml strong beef stock
  • 250g smoked sausage (kielbasa)
  • 5 to 6 pork ribs (i prefer to use pork belly)
  • salt and pepper

Method

    1. Melt butter in a large pan and fry the onions until golden
    2. Rinse the sauerkraut in cold water and drain well, and mix with the onions. Add the tomatoes
    3. Shred the cabbage finely and mix in, add the stock stirring well
    4. In another pan brown the ribs or cubed pork belly then add to the cabbage mix, thickly slice the smoked sausage (kielbasa) then brown in the same pan as u did the ribs or pork belly, add to the cabbage mix
    5. Allow to simmer on a low heat for one hour, season to taste. Remove from heat and leave covered for 24 hours. Refridgerate and reheat before serving.

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thegoodsoldier
28th Jun, 2015
This is pretty much how my mum makes bigos so this makes a good recipe for me to follow. What I am missing is dried mushrooms, bay leaf, black peppercorns and cumin seeds. I also like to add prunes. A tip is to put some sugar in it to make it sweeter as the tomatoes can make it a bit sour.
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Peter Frampton
18th Dec, 2017
3.8
The chopped tomatoes in cans already are full of sugar, make sure you don't over sweeten it. I don't even rinse the sauerkraut, as I like it natural.
marta9k
23rd Dec, 2014
Bigos is best on 2nd or even 3rd day. What I'm missing in this recipe is mushrooms. It's a hunters stew - so forest flavour is a must! :) What I also usually add: bay leave and allspice berries.
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techman
5th Oct, 2013
5.05
We love this recipe, it is great for a winter evening in front of the fire.
gotowaniebezstresu
23rd Dec, 2012
In my opinion the best Polish bigos should be made within min. 4 days.
joannasz
20th Aug, 2012
beetroot soup : Barszcz czerwony don't bother making it . Get a carton of it in a Polish shop ! Amazing I just add dried mushrooms , bit of garlic , salt pepper , and marjoram EASY ! Or the Knorr one in powder :)
joannasz
20th Aug, 2012
beetroot soup : Barszcz czerwony don't bother making it . Get a carton of it in a Polish shop ! Amazing I just add dried mushrooms , bit of garlic , salt pepper , and marjoram EASY ! Or the Knorr one in powder :)
deathka
27th Jul, 2012
5.05
like it. Teresah: The best beetroot soup is Borscht even its not polish:d
noosner
21st Dec, 2011
4.05
Really enjoyed this and it tasted even better when left another day.
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techman
9th Mar, 2011
5.05
Brilliant recipe, we really enjoyed this I would definitely recommend

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Peter Frampton
18th Dec, 2017
3.8
Add some thyme for an excellent flavor.