Bigos is almost a Polish national dish. This is a traditional recipe from Poland. Bigos is a rich flavorful stew with sauerkraut, Polish sausage, beef, pork, red wine, caraway seeds and more. The longer it cooks, the better it tastes.


Recipe Summary

20 mins
2 hrs
30 mins
2 hrs 50 mins
6 servings


Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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  • Place sauerkraut in a large pan or casserole dish and pour in 4 cups of boiling water. Add prunes, allspice, and bay leaves. Simmer until Sauerkraut is soft, about 50 minutes.

  • Pour about 1 cup of boiling water over mushrooms and soak to rehydrate, about 30 minutes. Drain and chop mushrooms, reserving the liquid.

  • Heat oil in a frying pan over medium to high heat. Add onion and sausage. Saute while stirring until onion is soft and sausage is browned, about 5 minutes.

  • In a separate pan, bring about 4 cups of water to a boil. Add beef, pork, and bacon. Simmer until cooked through for 20 minutes, then drain.

  • When sauerkraut is soft, add the drained meat mixture, sausage-onion mixture, and soaked mushrooms; mix well. Simmer uncovered over low heat, about 20 minutes.

  • Pour in red wine and cook for 15 minutes until flavors are well blended. Season with caraway seeds, marjoram, salt, and pepper. Stir in tomato puree. If the stew is too dry, pour in some of the water reserved from soaking the mushrooms, and simmer so flavors combine, about 5 minutes.


Cook's Note:

Bigos can be eaten right away but for a richer flavor continue to slow cook covered over low heat, stirring occasionally. Bigos becomes tastier the longer you cook it! You can also prepare it the day before and reheat.

Nutrition Facts

657 calories; protein 32.9g 66% DV; carbohydrates 54.2g 18% DV; fat 34.8g 54% DV; cholesterol 90mg 30% DV; sodium 2486.1mg 99% DV. Full Nutrition

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Soooooo tasty. Better than my mom used to make!:o I'm not able to eat as much meat as the recipe calls for... I bought a Polish Dog at the Costco Snack bar and used that (minus the bun!). Added more vegs - carrots and celery. I also make my own sauerkraut... Read More