3 hours 45 min

    Bigos is a traditional Polish stew using pork, kielbasa and sauerkraut. Great for a cold winter day. Well worth the time it takes to make it!

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    Serves: 10 

    • 2 rashers smoked bacon
    • 500g kielbasa sausage, sliced into 1cm pieces
    • 500g cubed pork stewing meat
    • 4 tablespoons flour
    • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
    • 1 onion, diced
    • 2 carrots, diced
    • 150g sliced fresh mushrooms
    • 350g shredded green cabbage
    • 1 (500g) jar sauerkraut, rinsed and well drained
    • 60ml dry red wine
    • 1 bay leaf
    • 1 teaspoon dried basil
    • 1 teaspoon dried marjoram
    • 1 tablespoon sweet paprika
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt
    • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
    • 1/8 teaspoon caraway seed, crushed
    • 1 pinch cayenne pepper
    • 1/2 ounce dried mushrooms
    • 1 dash bottled hot chilli sauce
    • 1 dash Worcestershire sauce
    • 1.2L beef stock
    • 2 tablespoons tomato puree
    • 250g tinned diced tomatoes

    Prep:45min  ›  Cook:3hr  ›  Ready in:3hr45min 

    1. Preheat the oven to 180 C / Gas mark 4.
    2. Heat a large pot over medium heat. Add the bacon and kielbasa; cook and stir until the bacon has rendered its fat and sausage is lightly browned. Use a slotted spoon to remove the meat and transfer to a large casserole.
    3. Coat the cubes of pork lightly with flour and fry them in the bacon dripping over medium-high heat until golden brown. Use a slotted spoon to transfer the pork to the casserole. Add the garlic, onion, carrots, fresh mushrooms, cabbage and sauerkraut. Reduce heat to medium; cook and stir until the carrots are soft, about 10 minutes. Do not let the vegetables brown.
    4. Deglaze the pan by pouring in the red wine and stirring to loosen all of the bits of food and flour that are stuck to the bottom. Season with the bay leaf, basil, marjoram, paprika, salt, pepper, caraway seeds and cayenne pepper; cook for 1 minute.
    5. Mix in the dried mushrooms, hot chilli sauce, Worcestershire sauce, beef stock, tomato puree and tomatoes. Heat through just until boiling. Pour the vegetables and all of the liquid into the casserole with the meat. Cover with a lid.
    6. Bake in the preheated oven for 2 1/2 to 3 hours, until meat is very tender.


    You can find kielbasa in larger supermarkets and in Polish shops.

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    We love Bigos at home, My husbands family is polish, This one is a great recpie for it. Only thing Is its a little hard to gague how long to rinse the Kraut for but i suspect one or two more times and will have it just the way we like it!!!  -  27 Feb 2011


    It tastes good but of course you have added many many spices. This would not have been done traditionally. Salt and pepper and a good stock would do fine.  -  30 Apr 2015


    Used different ingredients. Very nice made with Smoked paprika instead of sweet. (Was all out of sweet paprika)  -  27 Feb 2011