After a long day of shopping for Polish pottery it is time for a good Polish food.  In Boleslawiec there is an AMAZING restaurant that you need to stop and try Polish food if you go there.

Opalkowa Chata needs to be on your places to stop at when in Boleslawiec just like all the pottery shops.

Yes, I have eaten at my share of Polish restaurants throughout Poland this one is high on my favorite list.

Every time I go to Boleslawiec I make sure I stop here for a bit to eat.  Why?  You look at these pictures and tell me you wouldn’t want to eat here over and over again?

Restaurants don’t get much cuter than this!

Restaurants don’t get much cuter than this!

Smalec and bread is served here with your meal.

Smalec and fresh bread is served here with your meal.

My potato pancake with goulash in the middle. One work describes it…AMAZING!!

My potato pancake with goulash in the middle. One word describes it…AMAZING!! This is 18 zloty ($5.75)

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Golabki almost as good my homemade ones but for 18 zloty($5.75) it is much easier and quicker.

Our strawberry pierogies which were HEAVENLY!

Another trip there with some friends we wanted to have a quick lunch.  It was extremely warm so we did not want anything to heavy so the 4 of us split 2 orders of fruit pierogies, blueberry and strawberry. Our strawberry pierogies were HEAVENLY(blueberry was too)! Only 17 zloty ($5.50) for them.  Sorry Mrs. T’s pierogies, I will never eat you again.

Honey liquor

Very popular here in Poland is this honey liquor called Miodula. I don’t drink but the friends I was with one of my trips there, loved it!  It did smell good though.

If you only one restaurant to eat at while you are in Poland, make this the one.  I promise you won’t regret it. As you can tell by the pictures I have eaten there a few times when I go to Boleslawiec especially when I have friends visiting for a short time in Poland.

I can’t think of a time when I didn’t have a waitress who doesn’t speak English and the menu is in English so there is no language barrier there!  The staff there are so friendly and the restaurant itself inside is just as wonderful.

 The address to this piece of heaven is Augusta Cieszowskiego 17.  It on a major road so it is VERY easy to find.  There is lots of room for parking so no worries there.

Just for disclosure, I was NOT compensated for this post, I just wanted to let all of you who read this blog for tips for Polish pottery shopping in Boleslawiec to put this restaurant on your list of things to do! Restaurants in Poland don’t get much better than this.

What is your favorite Polish food to eat?  Mine is pierogies!

Time to Cook…Apple & Bacon Smalec – belle foods

I mentioned last week we have been using as many apples as my family can eat without getting sick of them.  One of ways we used some apples was with making…smalac.

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If you eat at a restaurant that serves typical Polish food you will more than likely served this when you sit down at a table for no charge, kind of like a free appetizer.  In the old days this was called “the rich mans butter” as you spread smalec on bread like butter.  It is one of those things like sauerkraut, either you love it or you hate it.  2 of my kids and I like it but my husband and the other 2 kids hate it.  Every restaurant that I have eaten this at makes it a bit different.  Sometimes it is REALLY good and other not so much.

Just a quick disclaimer if you have heart problems or high cholesterol this recipe is NOT for you.  I think this is going to the unhealthiest recipe I will ever post on this blog.  Why?  Because the main ingredient is…lard or aka pork fat!

 The other weekend we had some friends from the US come over for a visit, so I thought this would be a unique addition to a dinner we had at the house.

Now it’s  time to cook…Apple & Bacon Smalec

Dice bacon in small pieces.

Here is what you need…2 medium apples, 1 cup of diced onions, 1/2 pound of bacon and 2 1/2 cups of lard.

Dice the 2 onions into fine pieces.

Dice the 2 apples into fine pieces.

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Dice the bacon into small pieces.

Fry bacon into nice crispy pieces. The crispier the better!

Fry bacon into nice crispy pieces. The crisper the better!

Combine lard, onion and bacon in a frying pan.

Add lard and onion to the fried bacon in a frying pan.

Cook on high until it boils. Once boiling reduce heat to a soft boil for 5 minutes. Stir occasionally.

Cook on high until it boils. Once boiling reduce heat to a soft boil for 5 minutes. Stir occasionally.

After 5 minutes add your spices. I added 1/2 tsp. of black pepper, 1 1/2 Tbsp. of

After 5 minutes add your spices. I added 1/2 tsp. of black pepper, 1 1/2 Tbsp. of seasoned salt and 2 Tbsp of marjoram.  You can add more or less depending on your taste.

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Lastly add your chopped apples to the lard mixture.

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Mix all together and bring back to a boil. Once boiling…your done!

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Pour into serving bowl and let cool. Once cool put into the refrigerator to set.

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This is what it will look like once it is set.

Since the bacon, onion and apples set in the bottom, I mixed the smalec up to spread the flavors evenly.

Since the bacon, onion and apples set in the bottom, I mixed the smalec up to spread the flavors evenly.

Now it is time to eat!  Just get your favorite piece of bread and spread a nice thick layer and that is it.  Also many Polish eat this with a pickle on top which my favorite way to eat it too.

Like I said, this totally unhealthy but it is so good!  My grandmother used to make the best chocolate chip cookies and instead of butter she used lard and they were AWESOME!

What is your favorite thing to spread on a sandwich?