Zapiekanka.....Polish Pizza

If you have never heard of these before, this just might become one of your new favorite things!

Teddy's eyes are healing.

This is the first street food that was sold after the fall of Communism in Poland. Zapiekanka.

This Polish pizza almost always has mushrooms for it's base.

Start by sauteing some diced onions and shallots (if you have them).

Slice up a bunch of assorted mushrooms.

Cut a baguette in half and scoop out a bit of the soft part. I like using a softer baguette. The hard ones make it difficult to bite and chew. Butter the edges so they won't burn.

You will need some good ham and salami. I used an Italian rosemary ham.

Get out some paprika and pizza or Italian seasoning. Or you can use oregano.

Add some salt and pepper to the sauteing onions.

Add the mushrooms to the pan.

Saute' until the mushrooms are golden. De glaze the pan with a bit of wine.

Divide the mushroom mixture and spread it over each baguette side. Sprinkle it with some freshly diced parsley. Add the ham and the salami.

Sprinkle on some green peppers if you like. Top with cheese. I used mozzarella , a bit of provolone and some Polish Morski cheese.

Sprinkle paprika and pizza seasoning and some granulated garlic over the cheese. Bake in a preheated 400 degree oven for about 20 minutes.

Sprinkle with parsley and green onions.

They are eaten whole in Poland but I cut mine into smaller pieces.

Kids love these.

And though strange by American standards, the Poles eat them topped with ketchup and mayonnaise. I have found that people eat their pizza topped with ketchup all over Eastern Europe. Try it, you might like it! I used curry wurst ketchup!


OMG! I could eat every one of those! I can't wait to make these. This is going to be everyone's favorite. What a great combinations of flavors.
Anonymous said…
I had no idea I knew how to make polish pizza :-) :-) They look very much like what I do here at home sometimes :-) Yes they are delicious :-)

Nice to see Teddys eyes healing :-)

Have a great day!
Anonymous said…
My gramma made these, she was famous for these, pretty to look at as happy to hear Teddy is making good recovery.
Guillaume said…
I actually did something similar once, not knowing it was called a Polish pizza. In a way it is a mix of pizza and raclette.
brokenteepee said…
I am not down with the mushroom but the hubby would love them.

So glad Teddy is doing better!
Anonymous said…
That looks so very delicious !!
Thank you for sharing. I will have a try at it !!
Have a magical day.
We use curry ketchup too for everything. But NEVER on top of a pizza. LOL Stranger things have happened I'm sure. These Zapiekanka's look sooo-oo delicious. And the history behind them, fascinating. Thanks for sharing this recipe. TEDDY looks GREAT. Glad she's feeling better. Take care.
Anonymous said…
It all looks so very delicious. I had never even heard of Polish pizza, but then that really doesn't mean anything. So happy to see Teddy looking so awesome.
Ketchup and mayo on pizza? Who knew?
Anonymous said…
Lol omg like I needed to see this Jaz ! I have put on 7lbs since returning to the city in Sept. and eating non stop yummy goodness your blog of course being a major influence in inspirtational delights ;-)
good to hear Teddy is on the mend . we heart Teddy ☺
Barb said…
Those look so good! And Teddy is also looking great!!
Julie Ferguson said…
I am so hungry after seeing the pictures. This looks so good!
~ Jayne ~ said…
Where ever did you get that delectable looking ham(and with rosemary!)? I know I can find the cheese at my Eurodeli! Thank you for whetting my Polish appetite!
SharleneT said…
What a great idea for Christmas Eve. That's when we all get together and have special sandwiches etc. before opening gifts. These would be absolutely perfect and I think I would have to cut mine up, as well. Yummy!