Polish Kaszanka: A Traditional Delight

by Jan Vasil
Polish Kaszanka: A Traditional Delight

Kaszanka (Ca-shan-ca), a Polish black pudding, is a unique and flavorful sausage made from pig’s blood, groats (usually buckwheat or barley), and sometimes pig’s liver. It’s a traditional dish, often prepared after the pig sticking to use all parts of the pig.

It’s rich in flavor and nutrients like iron and zinc but also high in fat and cholesterol. Here’s a simple way to prepare and enjoy Kaszanka.

Tips for the Best Kaszanka

  • Quality Matters: For the best experience, opt for high-quality Kaszanka from a local butcher or Polish store.
  • Slow and Steady Cooking: Cook the Kaszanka on medium heat to avoid burning while allowing the flavors to meld.
  • Add a Twist: For a variation, try grilling the Kaszanka or baking it with apples and onions for a different flavor profile.

How to Pair Kaszanka

  • Serve with a side of sauerkraut or pickled vegetables.
  • Pair with a hearty rye bread and a robust beer.
  • For a lighter meal, accompany with a fresh green salad.

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  • Kaszanka sausages (Polish black pudding)

  • 1 large 1 onion

  • 2 tablespoons 2 rapeseed oil (or any cooking oil)

  • Salt and pepper to taste

  • Optional: Mustard and bread for serving


  • Preparation:**
  • Remove the skin from the Kaszanka sausages and dice them into bite-sized pieces.
  • Cooking Onions:
  • In a frying pan, heat the oil and add the chopped onion. Sauté until translucent and sprinkle with a little salt.
  • Adding Kaszanka:
  • Add the diced Kaszanka to the pan with onions. Season with pepper.
  • Cooking:**
  • Cook until the Kaszanka is slightly melted and well-mixed with the onions. This should take a few minutes.
  • Serving:
  • Serve the Kaszanka hot, ideally with mustard and bread on the side.

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What is Kaszanka made of?

Kaszanka is made from pig’s blood, groats (buckwheat or barley), and sometimes pig’s liver.

How long should I cook Kaszanka?

Fry it with onions for a few minutes until slightly melted and well combined.

Can Kaszanka be eaten cold?

Yes, it can be served cold, but it’s usually enjoyed grilled or fried.

Where can I find Kaszanka?

In Poland, it’s widely available in grocery stores. Outside of Poland, look in Polish or international cuisine stores.

Is Kaszanka healthy?

While it’s rich in iron and zinc, it also contains high levels of fat and cholesterol and should be eaten in moderation.

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