In Ania Makes and Bakes, freshmen Ania Rojek explores the wondrous world of cooking in her Butt C kitchen.

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If you ever visit Poland, there is one thing you cannot miss. They are called ZAPIEKANKI. Even though they are so simple to make they are known as Poland’s most delicious street food. They are also our equivalent to food truck food when it comes to going out late in Cracow. Basically, they are amazing. At 2 am at night, people wait long distances to grab one while meeting and conversing with new people. Typically, they are over a foot long and extra toasty. In my recipe I cut them into smaller pieces, but feel free to make them more authentic and keep your zapiekanki the actual length.

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Fortunately, you don’t need to go to Poland to enjoy this deliciousness snack. Make some yourself!

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Mushroom sauce

Ingredients:

  1. 8 oz package of white mushrooms
  2. Salt and peper (to taste)
  3. 1 tbsp olive oil
  4. 1 tsp butter
  5. 1 medium onion

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Directions:

  1. Cut your mushrooms lengthwise so that the stem is cut multiple times.
  2. Heat olive oil in a small sauce pan.
  3. When the pan and oil have heated, add in chopped onion and wait until it becomes translucent.
  4. Then add your cut mushrooms and place a top on your saucepan (IMPORTANT). You will notice water coming out of the mushrooms and the mushrooms getting softer.
  5. Once most of the water has evaporated (around 10-15 min) add in salt and pepper and a teaspoon of better and mix well.
  6. Keep on stove for 2-3 more minutes.

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ZAPIEKANKI

Ingredients:

  1. French baguette
  2. Mushroom sauce (recipe above)
  3. 8 slices of Munster cheese/ or other melting cheese
  4. Scallions (around 3 stems)- chopped
  5. Olive oil for drizzing
  6. Ketchup!
  7. Polish sausage OR ham

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Cut your French budget into 4 pieces, and then cut it again, lengthwise.
  3. Drizzle each piece with olive oil, put mushroom sauce and then polish kielbasa (sausage)/ham on each piece.
  4. Place all the bread pieces on a baking sheet and into the preheated oven for about 10 min.
  5. After 10 min take them out of the oven and cover the pieces with cheese and chopped scallions.
  6. Again, place them in the oven for another 5-8 min (or until the cheese has melted nicely).
  7. Take them out and enjoy with ketchup and more chopped scallions!

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Smacznego!

- Ania ‘13