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Polish Open-Face Sandwich Recipe - Zapiekanka

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Polish Zapiekanka or Street Food

Polish Zapiekanka or Street Food

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Polish open-face sandwiches (also known as French-bread pizzas) are popular street food in the bigger cities of Poland. They're known as zapiekanki (plural) or zapiekanka (zah-peeyeh-KAHN-kah), which is singular. Zapiekanka comes from zapiekac, which means "to bake," and is the culinary term for a casserole.

Most zapiekanki sandwiches start with French bread, sauteed mushrooms, cheese and ketchup, but there are Hawaiian-style zapiekanki with pineapple, and Greek style with olives and feta cheese. Of course, the beverage of choice with a zapiekanka is Polish piwo (beer)!

Makes 4 Polish Zapiekanka

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes


  • 1 long loaf French bread, cut in half and then cut in half horizontally to yield 4 pieces
  • Thinly sliced ham or lunchmeat of choice (optional)
  • Sauteed mushrooms
  • Raw or cooked vegetables of choice (optional)
  • Mayonnaise (optional)
  • Grated melting cheese of choice
  • Ketchup
  • Chopped chives (optional)


  1. If the bread is very long, cut it into 3 pieces and halve each horizontally, otherwise, cut it into 2 pieces.

  2. Layer meat, sauteed mushrooms and cheese on each slice of bread and toast in a hot oven until the bread is crispy and the cheese has melted. Drizzle with ketchup and serve hot.
NOTE: Although the traditional zapiekanka consists of mushrooms, cheese and ketchup, newer versions include ham, salami, vegetables, fried onion or chive on the top, spinach instead of mushrooms, and Highlander's smoked oscypek cheese instead of the melting cheese. The variations are limitless.
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 5 out of 5
Zapiekanka, Member suburbangrandma

This is so much better than any frozen pizza you try to reheat. Fesh, tasty, and delish...also easy enough for anyone.. I had one of those in Poland as well, and it was great! I recommend it highly!!!

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