Polish Bigos / Hunter's Stew

Total Time
3hrs 20mins
Prep 20 mins
Cook 3 hrs

Hearty Heart warming comfort food. Serve with good rye bread. The secret of Bigos is that it gets better as it's reheated. The more it heated the better it gets. I like cooking it most the day.This is a great make ahead meal. I posted this recipe using all pork but go ahead and add venison, veal, beef.... I also do add juniper which I love! Then throw in fresh Parsley and marjoram.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Brown pork and spareribs in a large heavy pot.
  2. Add smoked butt with 1 cup of water and simmer for 1 hour.
  3. Add the sauerkraut and one cup apple juice.
  4. Chop the cabbage fine and add to sauerkraut.
  5. Add lots of pepper and salt cover and simmer 1 hour.
  6. Remove lid and keep pot on a very low simmer.
  7. In a pan, fry bacon until crisp, then crumble into sauerkraut mixture.
  8. Remove most of the bacon fat and fry onions and mushrooms and flour until they just brown.
  9. Mix into sauerkraut mixture.
  10. Cut kielbasa into slices add to sauerkraut mixture with the tomatoes.
  11. Bring to a boil, simmer 30 minutes and serve hot with rye bread and mashed potatoes.
Most Helpful

Polish bigos uses mushrooms, but they have to be wild forest mushrooms,could be dried but not champignons and the sausage on the picture is way too big (or wide).It should be less than inch in diameter.Now ,I just got msg from Rita ,that the pix wasn't her and that it is hard to find dried wild forest mushrooms outside of Poland and i agree :) So i raise my rating to five stars for brave Rita,trying to make perfect dish under not perfect circumstances:)

Maciej B. December 22, 2014

A taste of home during the holidays. Priceless. Thank you so much for sharing this outstanding recipe. I totally agree with another reviewer that it is impossible to just have one serving.

Katanashrp November 21, 2012

hey guys really looking forward to cooking bigos, my ex made it all the time and thought i would learn, thanks for the recipe, hope i get it right!!!

young81 April 24, 2013