Traditional festive foods to make your Polish date

Christmas is a time for family, friends and food. So why not remind your Polish date of home and cook this delicious festive feast.

Red borscht with ceps raviolis / Christmas eve mushroom soup


Christmas dinner in Poland often starts with a beetroot soup called borscht served with little dumplings. These are called “uszka” which translates literally to “little ears”. Traditionally you would make the sour base a few days in advance, but we’ve put together a simple recipe which you can find in our 3 easy recipes to cook for your Polish date.

An alternative Christmas starter is mushroom soup made from dried forest mushrooms. Traditionally this soup would be made with foraged mushrooms since mushroom hunting is a national pursuit in Poland.

• 125g dried fresh mushrooms soaked overnight in cold water
• Handful of fresh mushrooms
• 1 onion
• 150ml cream
• 100g wide egg noodles
• 1.5 litres of stock
• Parsley to garnish

1. Strain the soaked mushrooms through a sieve and chop with fresh mushrooms. Chop the onion and fry with butter over a low heat.
2. Add stock and season. Bring to the boil.
3. Cook the noodles and drain, and place in bowls.
4. Ladle over the soup and garnish with parsley.

Fried Carp


This dish is very traditional and is only eaten once a year at Christmas Eve supper. Some superstitious Poles believe that carp brings good luck, and so serving this on your date could make you lucky in love for the coming year!

Carp is hard to find in England and people often don’t like it. In Poland the fish is bred in special conditions so it can be really delicious. We’ve made an adaption for you so you can keep the festivity without the faff!

• 4 tilapia fillets
• Oil for deep frying
• ¼ teaspoon paprika
• 100g Flour

1. Heat the oil in a frying pan. Combine the flour, salt, pepper and paprika.
2. Dip fillets into the mixture. Fry fish for about 5 minutes on each side.
3. Serve with lemon and a side salad

Polish Cherry Cake


Polish poppy seed cake is a traditional cake served at the holidays. However this festive bread takes a very long time to prepare and cook, and with two other courses to prepare we know that 3 hours of bread making might be a squeeze! To make life easier, we’ve adapted this traditional dessert to create a Polish Cherry Cake which still has the wow factor to impress your Polish date.

• 200g sugar
• 300g flour
• 1 tbsp baking powder
• 1 tbsp baking soda
• 1 tbsp butter
• 120g cherries
• 1 tbsp white sugar
• 120ml olive oil
• 4 eggs
• 250g plain yoghurt

1. Preheat oven to 175 degrees C
2. Mix sugar, flour, baking powder and baking soda until combined
3. Melt butter and cook the cherries until they are tender, sprinkling them with sugar
4. Form a well in the centre of the dry ingredients and pour in the olive oil, eggs and yoghurt. Stir in to make a soft dough
5. Transfer to a baking dish and top with cherries
6. Bake for around 40 minutes