Tuesday, March 13, 2012


I made Fasolka. (Fasolka po Bretonsku is the correct name but Martin just calls it "Fasolka" and so shall I)

I was inspired when Martin brought this...

sorry, not the best picture 

... home from the store. This is actually a pretty good pre-made Fasolka. We have a "Polish" section at our fancy grocery store down the street and they carry a small selection of some really great products imported directly from Poland. Martin likes to buy as much stuff as budget-ly possible so the store will continue to stock it. This he bought for Friday when we want to avoid eating meat but don't want to have to cook. It is a meatless Fasolka.

Meatless?! Are you insane? This won't do at all. So I googled a good recipe. Couldn't really find one I liked until I checked over at Polish Mama on the Prairie's blog...she had a great one!

So, I whipped some up. Pretty simple really. Well, first I got all the kids in the car to go get the ingredients since I didn't have them all on hand. THEN I whipped some up...

Mmmmm...big ol' pot.

It was a big hit. Martin pronounced it perfectly delicious. High praise, indeed.

Fasolka, without going into too much detail, is actually a dish from Brittany that Poles love. Lima beans, meat, tomato paste, onion, and spices. That's it.  I added a bit more tomato paste than one small can, about a heaping tblsp more. And I didn't use "Marjoram" or "Vegeta" just salt, pepper, paprika, and oregano (which in the wild is called Marjoram). I used extra bacon (because it's delicious) and Polish sausage. I did not use any other ham but I did use Smalec (a tblsp of bacon drippings, just happened to have that lying around  ;) )

The best thing about this dish, it's kid-friendly, all the kids liked it. It's dairy and gluten free for those with sensitivities AND, leave out the meat and you have yourself a wonderful Lenten dish.

I love Fasolka.

Try it, you won't be disappointed!


  1. I feel honored that your family tried and enjoyed the recipe! Smacznego!

  2. I wasn't aware that one could eat this with meat. Being vegetarian I don't know of such additions. In any case, it's a tasty meal. They sell it in Bar Vega in Wrocław. A cool thing with Polish food is that it often involves beans.

    1. That's funny because I also originally thought it was a meatless dish but I could not find one recipe that omitted the meat. Of course, I assume you could just leave the meat out and it would still be good. Martin would eat meat for all three meals and dessert...

  3. "oregano (which in the wild is called Marjoram)"

    No it's not. That's different herbs.

    1. Oregano (Origanum vulgare, sometimes listed with marjoram as Origanum majorana) is also called wild marjoram.