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Polish kishka

helen123 1 | 7
20 Dec 2009 #1
Hi, just bought a kishka for my dad--never cooked it before. How do I heat it up? frying pan, boiling..kind of afraid of it--blood...yuck!~~~~~~thanks
jonni 16 | 2,485
20 Dec 2009 #2
If kishka is the same as kaszanka, you should fry it (don't worry about it bursting - this is meant to happen) and serve it with bread mustard and pickles.
Filios1 8 | 1,336
20 Dec 2009 #3
It is quite simple...1 proven method I will refer you to, it the type of kishka you have is kaszanka...
Cut the kishka into slices, (fairly large ones, about half inch-inch) Do NOT take off the skin yet.
Put some butter on the pan, enough so that it covers it all. Depends how much kishka you have i guess.
Add pepper and salt for taste while it is frying.
Once it has a nice golden brown colour, and the skin itself is coming off without much help, then it is time to take it off entirely. I find it is easier to take the skin off while it is still on the pan.

Take off skin from each piece. Once you have just the inside of the kishka on the pan, keep frying until you see that it is bunching together a bit, and blackened from bottom (only a little bit). Keep stirring it.

Serve it like that, with a good, fresh, warm piece of bread...
it is something to die for!
jonni 16 | 2,485
20 Dec 2009 #4

Sounds nice but fussy. Here in Poland it is generally served with the skin. If removed, the contents tend to turn to mush.
polkamaniac 1 | 482
20 Dec 2009 #5
Actually I just had some this morning.I like it with kielbasa fried on the fryng pan.You gotta have the Polish rye bread with it. It's delicious----and we remove the skin prior to frying since it's mixed with the sliced kielbasa.
OP helen123 1 | 7
24 Dec 2009 #6
thank you all, who replied.. i now know how to cook this...can't wait----one other question!!! does it smell funny? my dad is now afraid of me cooking it!!! so funny---cuz of the smell.. thanks--merry christmas to all---
polkamaniac 1 | 482
26 Dec 2009 #7
It smells because you you kept it too long after you bought it..The casing is natural and it starts to decompose with time. When you buy it,use it within a couple of days.It's best when it's fresh.
pszczola 3 | 8
2 Jan 2010 #8
Kishka is great baked on a tin plate in the oven, about 30-40 minutes at 400F.
jonni 16 | 2,485
2 Jan 2010 #9

That's how the French do it (and me too sometimes). I've never seen it here in Poland though, except in my own kitchen.

Try adding coarsely chopped apples if you do it that way.

red apples by the way, not green - the green ones just turn to a mush :-)
polkamaniac 1 | 482
6 Jan 2010 #10
The Polish way is to fry up slices of kielbasa and then add the kiszka--mix-and eat it with some nice Polish rye bread.

8 Jan 2010 #11
Is it ok to freeze the fresh kishka?
I bought some in Cleveland in May from the Polish deli, and froze it and brought it back down to NC. Now I've thawed it and want to cook it, but it looks a little gray. Think it's ok? Doesn't smell bad or anything.
jonni 16 | 2,485
8 Jan 2010 #12
Kiszka freezes well.
southpole - | 1
8 Jan 2010 #13
Hoping it turns out well, as I have never cooked it before.
Just remember eating it sliced on thin Polish rye.
How do you cook it to make it look like the picture above? That's what I remember when I think of kishka.
polkamaniac 1 | 482
11 Jan 2010 #14
the best way is to fry it up--that's the only way I eat it.
20 Jan 2010 #15
we always buy enxtra and freeze it. it smells when you cook it and turns grey. it smells up the kitchen for a while. we fry it, it seems to have it's share of grease in it.
polkamaniac 1 | 482
20 Jan 2010 #16
don't buy extra---eat it fresh within a couple of days-fry it up with some polish kielbasa and eat it with rye bread---tastes great
24 Mar 2010 #17
u can buy fresh kishka at the polish store in Raleigh or Greensboro NC!
I always fry kishka with onions- yummy
plk123 8 | 4,148
25 Mar 2010 #18
don't be a pus$y.. just slice it and it is as it is.. enjoy!!
polkamaniac 1 | 482
27 Mar 2010 #19
But it's much better fried up .Has a better taste to it.
plk123 8 | 4,148
27 Mar 2010 #20
^^^ miew. ;) :D
28 Mar 2010 #21
Please let me know if there is anywhere in western PA that I can get Kishka and if not I am willing to order online. We had a great company that just went out of business that sold it in PA and now I have no where to get it for my husband. We are both SLovaks and love it! My email address is and I would appreciate knowing where we could perhaps order it. Thank you so much,


Where did you get it in Pittsburgh? We live about 35 miles north of Pgh. and we would drive there to get some?
plk123 8 | 4,148
28 Mar 2010 #22
you may want to check some places in Pittsburgh as there is a sizable polish community there.
28 Mar 2010 #23
Where did you buy it? We live in PA and would love to find someone to purchase it. The shop we had in Freeport, Pa just went out of business and we have nowhere to buy it. Please let me know. I would appreciate it. thank you.

I can't seem to find anyplace online. I have called various places and they do not have it. I am going to check the Strip Distric this week but everyone says the only place that had it was Brestenskys which just now went out of business. We will keep trying however because my husband's family love it! Thanks for any help you can give us.

Hi! Could you please give me the name of the store that you bought Kishka from? I would love to either call or write them to order Kishka for my husband. We had a store near Freeport, Pa that sold it and they recently closed and I cannot find if for him. I would love to surprise him with it. Please let me know. Thank you
plk123 8 | 4,148
28 Mar 2010 #24
just ask around.. i'm not from pitt... i know where you can get all the kiszka you could ever want in chicago but that won't do you any good.. they also have it in Cincinnati and other areas with german or slavic communities. good luck
polkamaniac 1 | 482
28 Mar 2010 #25
This may help-you can check out these Polish meat stores:

Alfred's Deli Plus
3041 Brereton Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15219

Krakus Market
3150 Richmond St, Philadelphia, PA 19134

Kowalonek's Kielbasy Shop
332 South Main Street, Shenandoah, PA 17976

Piast International Delicatessen
2712 E. Allegheny Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19134

S & D Polish Deli
2204 Penn Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Melomel - | 2
31 May 2010 #26
Please let me know if there is anywhere in western PA that I can get Kishka and if not I am willing to order online.

There is a big Polish community in Weirton, WV, about 30 mi. from Pittsburgh. My husband and I are originally from the area and go home to the Pgh./Weirton area often. We always stock up on Polish foods. You can buy good quality kishka and kielbasa in several grocery stores there...sometimes even at Kroger. Their's is not homemade though. I think the brand name is Silverbright. The deli sections always have homemade dishes like kluski, pierogi and gołąbki.

I will get the names of the markets and addresses from my husband. This is off-topic, but if you go to Weirton, there is a Polish Catholic Church there with a stained glass window of Poland that shows where all of the members of the congregation came from...mostly Rzeszów. They still have Polish mass sometimes and they sing in Polish. They make awesome nut and poppyseed rolls for Christmas and Easter to sell.
plk123 8 | 4,148
1 Jun 2010 #27

no kidding? definitely post up more details. thanks.
Melomel - | 2
1 Jun 2010 #28
We used to go to New Castle, PA for great kiełbasa. When I looked it up on the Internet, the actual market closed a few years ago, but they still mail order products. I don't see kishka on the product list, but I can recommend their sausage. The meat isn’t ground fine, which I like. They are Wasilewski Sausage Makers. You can find them on the Internet at:
21 Oct 2010 #29
you can purchase kishka on line from in comes in a packaghe.
Cardno85 31 | 976
21 Oct 2010 #30
I couldn't see any on there...and I am pretty sure blood sausage (be it kaszanka, black pudding, boudin noir, etc) in any of it's forms is not kosher, so it seems like a doubtful source.

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