Polish Bigos / Hunter's Stew

“Hearty Heart warming comfort food. Serve with good rye bread. The secret of Bigos is that it gets better as it's reheated. The more it heated the better it gets. I like cooking it most the day.This is a great make ahead meal. I posted this recipe using all pork but go ahead and add venison, veal, beef.... I also do add juniper which I love! Then throw in fresh Parsley and marjoram.”
3hrs 20mins

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Brown pork and spareribs in a large heavy pot.
  2. Add smoked butt with 1 cup of water and simmer for 1 hour.
  3. Add the sauerkraut and one cup apple juice.
  4. Chop the cabbage fine and add to sauerkraut.
  5. Add lots of pepper and salt cover and simmer 1 hour.
  6. Remove lid and keep pot on a very low simmer.
  7. In a pan, fry bacon until crisp, then crumble into sauerkraut mixture.
  8. Remove most of the bacon fat and fry onions and mushrooms and flour until they just brown.
  9. Mix into sauerkraut mixture.
  10. Cut kielbasa into slices add to sauerkraut mixture with the tomatoes.
  11. Bring to a boil, simmer 30 minutes and serve hot with rye bread and mashed potatoes.

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