Zapiekanka – Polish Street Food – Grilled Sandwich with Cheese & Mushrooms

Zapkiekanki are “traditional” Polish fast food… originally they have been sold from small camping trailers parked in different parts of the city.

During my childhood in communist Poland zapiekanki were sold everywhere and they were prepared in small electric ovens inside mentioned trailers. At the time it was the best (and the only) fast food sold in Poland…

Ok, except for potato fries with fried liver and sour cabbage salad that my father used to buy whenever my mom was ill and he had to cook dinner :)

There is still one zapiekanki trailer (or at least it was there couple of years ago) near the train station in central Warsaw.

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  • baguette (halved lenghtwise) – I used wholegrain one
  • butter
  • onion (chopped finely) – I used red onion
  • chestnut mushrooms (sliced) or some dried wild mushrooms (powdered)
  • not too mild cheese (sliced or grated) – I used mature Cheddar but in Poland I would probably use Morski
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • tomato sauce (ketchup) to serve or any other favourite sauce – I used sweet chilli sauce


  • baking tray with rack
  • paper napkins


  1. Preheat oven to 200°C (392°F), if you have grill option in your stove turn it on but you can do without it too.
  2. Butter baguettes, especially edges as they will burn easily if they are too dry.
  3. Top them first with onion, then cheese and mushrooms. Sprinkle with freshly ground pepper and place on the rack in the oven.
  4. Bake until cheese is melted and browned.
  5. Serve immediately wrapped in paper napkin and topped with you favourite sauce.


More street food ideas from around the globe: South African Durban bunny chow from Cook Sister, Japanese chicken kebabs from Greedy Gourmet, American hot dogs with Korean twist from Steamy Kitchen, Middle Eastern falafels from Rosa’s Yummy Yums or Caribbean chicken and pineapple kebabs we often make.

I’m submitting this to May Inheritance Recipes hosted by myself and Solange of Pebble Soup.

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Your thoughts…

  1. I love mushrooms so I know I would love these–I have to try them. I enjoyed your story from your childhood–dads are the same around the world, aren’t they! :) So sweet.

  2. Ohhhh how I LOVE LOVE zapiekanki. It’s one of my favorite foods that I remember from Poland. I will have to make some now! Thanks for sharing!

  3. Yummmmmmmmm!!!!!!

    I so love this, easy yet so flavourful!

  4. Wow, that looks absolutely scrumptious!

  5. This looks soo good – I love everything mushroomy! yum!

  6. I love the photo – sound delicious!

  7. What a lovely and honest recipe. It’s certainly something which OH & I would love with those earthy mushrooms and delicious cheese! Yum, #InheritanceRecipes
    Angela x

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