Zapiekanka | Polish Open-Faced Sandwich

Zapiekanka | Polish Open-Faced Sandwich

The month of April just flew by and here I am with the last letter of my month long blogging. Z was an easy alphabet this time around and Zapiekanka | Polish Open-Faced Sandwich was one of the very early recipes that I cooked. The boys loved it so much that even before the time came for me to publish it, I have made it twice.

When researching for the recipe, all the recipes that I found online was made with mushrooms. Me and my husband do not eat mushrooms and I have never cooked with it before. I was planning on skipping the mushrooms and using just the other vegetables, but my boys, who have fell in love with mushrooms for the past few months begged me to cook something with them.


So, I go to the local store to buy mushrooms and there are so many different ones. My knowledge of mushroom is limited to what I see on the food network and I was able to recognize couple of names. I randomly stopped another shopper and asked her opinion on what mushroom to buy. She recommended buying the white mushroom for a beginner. I was so scared to buy the whole ones and ended up buying the already chopped mushrooms.

Zapiekanka | Polish Open-Faced Sandwich

I also bought some fresh Baguettes from the store and made plans to make the Zapiekanka for our weekend brunch. First, I used half the mushrooms and onions that I have mentioned below, thinking they would be enough. But, I was so wrong. The filling was so delicious that we all loaded up our first batch of the sandwich with the vegetables and had none for the remaining. So, i started off again and sauteed all the vegetables for the second time.

These Zapiekanki (plural) are very famous on the streets of Poland and is very popular. The word Zapiekanka, means to bake the dish until the flavors combine. The sauteed vegetables are layered on one side of the baguette and then topped with cheese and baked until the cheese is all meted. Then there is a liberal swirl of ketchup all over the top and that is how it is served. I did not care for the ketchup but my little one who can eat ketchup for a meal, said that this was the best thing ever.

Zapiekanka | Polish Open-Faced Sandwich

My Other Posts in the A – Z Explore the Flavors Series

A for Akki Roti 

B for Baghrir with Orange Butter Sauce

C for Chickpeas Shawarma

D for Double Ka Meetha

E for Esquites

F for Farro Salad

G for Gur Papdi

H for Hayagreeva Maddi

I for Idli

J for Jau Ki Papdi

K for Karthigai Pori

L for Lemon Chia Seeds Muffin

M for Mysore Pak

N for Narali Bhath

O for Oatmeal Payasam

P for Pav Bhaji

Q for Quinoa Brown Rice Adai

R for Rajgira Aloo Poori

S for Samosa

T for Thinai Sweet Paniyaram

U for Uppittu

V for Victorian Milk Bread

W for Waffles

X for Xni Pec Salsa

Y for Yogurt Blueberry Banana Granola parfait

Preparation time – 10 minutes
Cooking time – 20 minutes
Difficulty level – Easy

Ingredients to make Zapiekanka | Polish Open-Faced Sandwich – Serves 3

  • Baguette / French Bread – 2 loaves
  • Mushrooms – 2 cups (chopped)
  • Red onions – 2 cups (thinly sliced)
  • Bell pepper – 1 large (thinly sliced)
  • Olive oil – 2 tbsp
  • Crushed red pepper – 1 TBSP (or to taste)
  • Salt – to taste
  • Cheese (any melting kind) – 1 1/2 cups (I used Mexican blend)
  • Ketchup – to serve

Zapiekanka | Polish Open-Faced Sandwich

Procedure to make Zapiekanka | Polish Open-Faced Sandwich –

  • Preheat the oven to 375 F and layer a large baking sheet with parchment.
  • Chop all the vegetables and get the baguettes ready.

Zapiekanka | Polish Open-Faced Sandwich

  • In a cast iron pan, heat the oil.
  • Add the onions, bell pepper and mushrooms along with salt and crushed red pepper and saute them in medium heat until they are caramelized lightly.
  • Make sure that you cook them in medium heat to release all the natural sweetness.

Zapiekanka | Polish Open-Faced Sandwich

  • In the meantime, cut the baguettes into 2 and then slice them in half. We will have 8 bread slices in total.
  • Divide the vegetable filling evenly over the baguette slices and then add a layer of cheese on top.

Zapiekanka | Polish Open-Faced Sandwich

  • Place them on the prepared baking sheet and bake it until the cheese melts. Takes about 5 minutes per batch.
  • Remove the Zapiekanka from the oven and squeeze the ketchup over it and serve.

Zapiekanka | Polish Open-Faced Sandwich

Zapiekanka | Polish Open-Faced Sandwich
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Zapiekanka | Polish Open-Faced Sandwich

Course Main Course, Street Food
Cuisine Polish
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 3 servings

Ingredients

  • Baguette / French Bread - 2 loaves
  • Mushrooms - 2 cups chopped
  • Red onions - 2 cups thinly sliced
  • Bell pepper - 1 large thinly sliced
  • Olive oil - 2 tbsp
  • Crushed red pepper - 1 TBSP or to taste
  • Salt - to taste
  • Cheese any melting kind - 1 1/2 cups (I used Mexican blend)
  • Ketchup - to serve

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 F and layer a large baking sheet with parchment.
  2. In a cast iron pan, heat the oil.
  3. Add the onions, bell pepper and mushrooms along with salt and crushed red pepper and saute them in medium heat until they are caramelized lightly.
  4. Make sure that you cook them in medium heat to release all the natural sweetness.
  5. In the meantime, cut the baguettes into 2 and then slice them in half. We will have 8 bread slices in total.
  6. Divide the vegetable filling evenly over the baguette slices and then add a layer of cheese on top.
  7. Place them on the prepared baking sheet and bake it until the cheese melts. Takes about 5 minutes per batch.
  8. Remove the Zapiekanka from the oven and squeeze the ketchup over it and serve.

 

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16 thoughts on “Zapiekanka | Polish Open-Faced Sandwich

  1. I always make this sandwich but didn’t know the name nor did I serve with ketchup 🙂 I am sure my little one will love this with ketchup. It was fun to read all your creations. Bookmarked a few already.

  2. Such a stunning and droolworthy Open faced sandwich, am sure my kids will enjoy thoroughly this Zapiekanka without any hesitation. Looks absolutely delicious and very tempting. Congrats on finishing this Mega marathon Sandhya.. Kudos to you.

  3. I too am always hesitant to try mushroom dishes as I don’t eat them , but this sandwich looks fantastic with cheese and ketchup ! It would be almost a cousin to a mushroom pizza !

    Sandhya you have rocked this marathon and it has been wonderful reading all your recipes , some of them have been just out of the world. Kudos !

  4. I have few Polish friends here but none of them ever get me taste this sandwich , I guess next timeI will ask them. The veg version of the sandwich sounds like a filling and tasty meal idea. Kudos to finish the marathon with such interesting recipes.

  5. I have made Zapiekanka for one of the BMs and absolutely LOVE it. Mushrooms sure make it filling and delicious. And they cook down a lot — they are mostly made of water. I am the only one who eats mushrooms in my home 🙂

  6. There is a first time for everything and I guess you enjoyed your first mushroom recipe. he sandwich looks awesome and the one with the sauce would please all kids. You did an amazing job on this BM, Sandhya.

  7. I don’t like mushroom and had to skip it too..Even my kids loved it so much that I have repeated it twice already and this was my initial ones too..how very delicious your version looks Sandhya. I enjoyed your entire series and it was a fantastic to make AtoZ!..

  8. I love open-faced sandwich sandhya, such a delicious sandwich you found and it looks absolutely delectable !!I loved all your amazing recipe throughout the marathon !! You rocked !!

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