I live in Cracow for almost 6 years but have discovered the maczanka Krakowska only this year. This dish is one of the most traditional foods made in Cracow, thus the name “Krakowska”. Even though the dish was originally served in the majority of the Cracow restaurants, nowadays You can mostly find it on the streets in food trucks.
There are several places where you can try it out like Andrus Food Truck but if you want to take it to the next level, I simply recommend making it at home. The preparation takes some time, but the cooking itself is almost effortless.
And what is actually Maczanka Krakowska?
Maczanka Krakowska – the history.
Maczanka Krakowska or Maczanka po Krakowsku is actually a burger filled with either pulled pork or pork neck slices. The first signs of maczanka are going back to the 19th of the century. People usually made it from the leftover meat and sauces they had after some kind of party. It quickly became so popular that it appeared in almost all the Cracow restaurants.
The basic maczanka is made with a huge slice of pork neck that was brined, then baked, and then cooked for several hours. It is served in a basic water bun (I included the recipe below) with onions. Today there are many versions that include for example beetroot, some kind of cheese, and pickles.
Many people say that maczanka is a grandmother of all burgers and it was brought to the United States by Polish immigrants at the beginning of the 20th century. There it inspired the McDonalds brothers to create their first burgers. Today we all know how successful that fast-food chain and its burgers are.
Maczanka Krakowska – how to make it?
For my maczanka I took the inspiration from Meatmyday.pl that had one of the most reliable recipes. In the end, I adjusted the seasonings as the original version was too salty for me. Also, I have made my own buns (the recipe is in the notes) that made the dish even more delicious. 🙂
This version includes pulled pork not the pork neck slices, marinated pears, pickles, horseradish, and mustard. Once you take a bite the flavors will explode in your mouth. The meat will be super tender and juicy, the pears will add a bit of crispness and the horseradish will give it a nice Polish touch. Even just writing about it makes me wanna have it immediately 🙂
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