Polish-American Wedding Food Recipes

Polish-American wedding food is slightly different from what you'd find in Poland and even from state to state, and family to family in America, but the basics are the same—good hearty soup, braised meats, sausages, sauerkraut, salads, breads and desserts galore. 

  • 01 of 07

    Chicken Noodle Soup - Rosol z Kury i Kluski

    Polish Chicken Noodle Soup
    Fancy/Veer/Corbis / Getty Images

    After the wedding march into the dining room, the priest, who had said High Mass in the morning and performed the wedding ceremony, prayed over the food before guests tucked into a golden bowl of chicken noodle soup with kluski or czarnina (see below).

  • 02 of 07

    Duck's Blood Soup - Czarnina

    Polish Czarnina or Duck's Blood Soup

    Barbara Rolek

    The soup course was typically chicken noodle (above) or duck's blood soup, known as czarnina, served with kluski. Sometimes, a blood-free version, known as slepo czarnina (blind czarnina), was offered.

  • 03 of 07

    Polish Potato Salad

    Polish potato salad
    Jennifer Levy / Getty Images

    Then it was time for either a lettuce salad or a mayonnaise-based salad like Polish spring salad or Polish potato salad

  • 04 of 07

    Sausages - Kielbasa

    Polish White Kielbasa Sausage
    Courtesy of Barbara Rolek

    Fresh, pan-roasted Polish white sausages - biala kielbasa - was usually the kielbasa of choice, but occasionally smoked sausage or skinny stick sausages, known as kabanosy, were served according to the family's preference. Regardless of the sausage type, it was always served with horseradish condiments known as chrzan and ćwikła.

    Continue to 5 of 7 below.
  • 05 of 07

    Polish Wedding Chicken - Kurczaki na Polonijne Wesele

    Polish wedding chicken
    mikroman6 / Getty Images

    This baked chicken dish became known as Polish wedding chicken because that's when it was most often served. It was an economical dish that could be prepared in huge quantities for the, usually, huge numbers of guests. But there is nothing ordinary about this poultry if smothered with onions and baked slowly until it caramelizes and almost falls off the bones. Delicious!

  • 06 of 07

    Polish Vegetable Recipes - Jarzyna

    Cauliflower in the Polish Style
    Courtesy of Barbara Rolek

    Popular Polish vegetable recipes like steaming bowls of mashed potatoes were supplemented with vegetables like cauliflower or green beans prepared a la Polonaise, that is with buttered breadcrumbs, or one of the ubiquitous beet recipes Poles are so well-known for.

  • 07 of 07

    Polish Dessert Recipes

    Polish Wheel Cake or Kolacz
    Courtesy of Barbara Rolek

    Wedding cake was not served at the end of the meal. Instead, it was sliced and wrapped in napkins and given to guests as they were leaving. The most popular Polish dessert recipes served with pitchers of steaming coffee at weddings were angel wings known as chrusciki, kolaczki, babka and paczki. A traditional Polish wedding dessert is a wheel cake, known as kolacz, and common among the gorale in Lesser Poland in the southeastern part of the country.