Bigos Recipe

Bigos is a traditional Polish stew, prepared in winters. Learn how to make/prepare Bigos by following this easy recipe.
Bigos Recipe
Preparation Time 45 Minutes
Cooking Time 180 Minutes
Difficulty Difficult
Recipe Type Non Veg.
Serves 10
Calories Per Serving 356
  • 2 thick slices Hickory-smoked Bacon
  • 1 pound Kielbasa Sausage (sliced into ½-inch pieces)
  • 1 pound Pork Stew Meat (cubed)
  • ¼ cup All-Purpose Flour
  • 3 cloves Garlic (chopped)
  • 1 Onion (diced)
  • 2 Carrots (diced)
  • 1½ cups fresh Mushrooms (sliced)
  • 4 cups Green Cabbage (shredded)
  • 1 (16 ounce) jar Sauerkraut (rinsed and well drained)
  • ¼ cup dry Red Wine
  • 1 Bay Leaf
  • 1 tsp dried Basil
  • 1 tsp dried Marjoram
  • 1 tbsp Sweet Paprika
  • ¼ tsp Salt
  • 1/8 tsp Black Pepper (ground)
  • 1/8 tsp Caraway Seeds, crushed
  • A pinch of Cayenne Pepper
  • ½ ounce dried Mushrooms
  • 1 dash of bottled Hot Pepper Sauce
  • 1 dash of Worcestershire Sauce
  • 5 cups Beef Stock
  • 2 tbsp canned Tomato Paste
  • 1 cup canned Tomatoes (diced)
How to make Bigos:
  • Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C).
  • Place a large pot over medium heat and add bacon and kielbasa sausage.
  • Cook while stirring, till the bacon has separated from its fat and the sausage turns lightly brown.
  • Remove the meat with a slotted spoon and transfer to a large casserole.
  • Heat the bacon drippings in a saucepan.
  • Coat the pork cubes with all-purpose flour.
  • Fry them in the heated bacon fat over medium-high heat, till they turn golden brown.
  • Remove and transfer to the casserole.
  • Add garlic, onion, carrots, fresh mushrooms, green cabbage and sauerkraut to the saucepan.
  • Reduce the heat to medium and cook till the carrots are soft, stirring frequently, for about 10 minutes.
  • Pour in the red wine and deglaze the pan, stirring well to loosen the food and flour stuck to the bottom of the pan.
  • Season with bay leaf, basil, marjoram, paprika, salt, pepper, caraway seeds and cayenne pepper. Stir and cook for 1 minute.
  • Add dried mushrooms, hot pepper sauce, Worcestershire sauce, beef stock, tomato paste and diced tomatoes.
  • Heat the preparation well, until it starts boiling.
  • Remove and pour the preparation into the casserole dish.
  • Cover and bake in the oven for 2½ to 3 hours, till the meat turns tender.
  • Serve hot.