|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 31g||40%|
|Saturated Fat 17g||83%|
|Total Carbohydrate 58g||21%|
|Dietary Fiber 4g||14%|
|Total Sugars 8g|
|Vitamin C 3mg||16%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
Polish open-faced sandwiches (also known as French-bread pizzas) are popular street food in the bigger cities of Poland.
They're known as zapiekanki (plural) or zapiekanka (zah-peeyeh-KAHN-kah), which is singular. The word zapiekanka comes from zapiekac, which means "to bake," and is the Polish culinary term for a casserole.
Most zapiekanki sandwiches start with French bread, sautéed mushrooms, cheese, and ketchup, but there are Hawaiian-style zapiekanki with pineapple, Greek-style with olives and feta cheese, Italian style, and many more.
What makes the open-faced sandwich authentic is a thick drizzle of Polish ketchup across the top, no matter what cuisine the zapiekanka is trying to emulate.
1 loaf bread,long French, cut in half and then cut in half horizontally to yield 4 pieces
Thinly sliced ham, or lunchmeat of choice, optional
2 cups mushrooms, sautéed
Raw or cooked vegetables, of choice, optional
3 cups grated melting cheese of choice
Ketchup, for garnish
Chopped chives, optional
Steps to Make It
If the bread is long, cut it into 3 pieces and halve each horizontally, otherwise, cut it into 2 pieces.
Layer meat, sautéed mushrooms and cheese on each slice of bread and toast in a hot oven until the bread is crispy and the cheese has melted. Drizzle with ketchup and serve hot.
- Although the traditional zapiekanka consists of mushrooms, cheese, and ketchup, newer versions include ham, salami, vegetables, fried onions or chives, spinach instead of mushrooms, and Highlander's smoked oscypek cheese instead of the melting cheese.