Zapiekanka ~ Polish Open Faced Sandwich

Zapiekanka

Zapiekanka is a popular Polish open-face sandwich made of half a baguette or other long roll, topped with sautéed mushrooms, cheese, and can include other ingredients, toasted until the cheese melts, and served with ketchup.

These are also known as French Bread Pizzas and a popular street food in the bigger cities of Poland. When I first came across this food, I didn’t even bother to check other dishes even though I had Zeppole, a Popular Italian Street food. Since I wanted to make only savory street food, I didn’t want to check out for sweet options.

The word zapiekanka comes from zapiekac, which means “to bake,” and is the Polish culinary term for a casserole. Plural for is referred as zapiekanki or zapiekanka (zah-peeyeh-KAHN-kah), for singular.

While there are many versions of this zapiekanki sandwiches, starting with French bread with toppings of sautéed mushrooms, cheese, and ketchup, there are Hawaiian-style zapiekanki with pineapple, Greek-style with olives and feta cheese, Italian style and many more.

However, what makes the open-faced sandwich authentic is a thick drizzle of Polish ketchup across the top, no matter what cuisine the zapiekanka is trying to emulate. So I thought I might as well make my own version of Indian style.

This is was among the first dishes I made for the series and it was such a super duper hit with the kids. I used a long dinner roll and the topping was a mix of Konda’s favorite vegetables and I kept it minimum as I wanted the everything to mix and nothing to overpower. Zapiekanka surely is a filling bread to enjoy!

So we come to the last dish in this A to Z International Street Foods series and I am so thrilled and sad that this is coming to an end. Everything has to come to an end and we begin yet again. The philosophies of life! If you are interested to know the Flatbread for Z, check this post.

Zapiekanka

In this A to Z International Street Foods:

A for Arancini
B for Bunny Chow
C for Chatamari
D for Dürüm
E for Empanada
F for Fataa’ir Farmaajo
G for Gilgeori Toast
H for Hua Juan Bao
I for Imqarrun il-Forn
J for Jasuben’s Pizza
K for Khachapuri
L for Lángos
M for Mofo Anana
N for Nachos Supreme
O for Okonomiyaki
P for Panelle
Q for Qamdi
R for Rustico
S for Sabich
T for Toshka
U for Usal Poha
V for Vyprážaný syr
W for Waffle Savory Sandwiches
X for Xalapan Molotes
Y for Yaki Tomorokoshi

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Polish Open Faced Sandwich

Zapiekanka ~ Polish Open Faced Sandwich

2 Dinner rolls

For the toppings

1 /2 cup Onions
1 /2 cup Capsicum
1 /2 cup Corn
1 / 4 cup Pizza Sauce
Salt to taste
Pepper to taste
Red Chillies Flakes
1 /2 cup Mozzarella Cheese
2 tsp Butter

Heat a kadai with butter and saute the onions, capsicum and corn till done. Takes about 3 to 4 mins.

Assembling the bread
Slit through the bread and apply the pizza sauce over it.
Top it with the fillings and add grated cheese all over.
Microwave for a minute depending on how the cheese melts.
Garnish with thick tomato ketchup right away.

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Zapiekanka ~ Polish Open Faced Sandwich
Zapiekanka is a popular Polish open-face sandwich made of half a baguette or other long roll, topped with sautéed mushrooms, cheese, and can include other ingredients, toasted until the cheese melts, and served with ketchup.
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Course Breakfast, Dinner
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Course Breakfast, Dinner
Cuisine Polish
By Cook Method Stovetop
By Diet Kid Friendly
Servings
Ingredients
For the toppings
Zapiekanka
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Instructions
  1. Heat a kadai with butter and saute the onions, capsicum and corn till done. Takes about 3 to 4 mins.
Assembling the bread
  1. Slit through the bread and apply the pizza sauce over it.
  2. Top it with the fillings and add grated cheese all over.
  3. Microwave for a minute depending on how the cheese melts.
  4. Garnish with thick tomato ketchup right away.
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11 comments

  1. Z is such a difficult alphabet to crack and you have a fantastic pizza with it ! I love your take on it – Bread , sauce , veggies and cheese ! Something that can never fail , right ?

    I know I live Mega Marathons too , and feel sad when they end , but like you said we have a new beginning and September is not far !

    Kudos on these international street finds !
    Kudos ! On your stupendous work on both blogs , it sure is loads of work .:))

  2. Am sure this Polish open faced sandwich will definitely please easily some hungry tummies with less efforts. Even am drooling rite now over that super cheese sandwich.

    You seriously done a superb work by picking a tremendous theme and you rocked. Wish i can do as much as like you.

  3. Zapiekanka looks so good , Valli. Amazing find for the letter “Z”. It make quick snack or breakfast on the busy day. Completely enjoyed reading all your post and have learned so many new recipes. Kudos to your effort for finding unique recipe and share it here.

  4. Wow! this open sandwich is something I make regularly and didn’t know it had a name 🙂 I just saw this sandwich at Sandhya’s space and was awed.
    fantastic job, Valli. You deserve special congratulations for doing the double mega marathon and with your meticulous planning you pulled it off with flying colors.

  5. Seeing this open faced sandwich on a few blogs, I guess I should try it soon. I wonder why my Polish friend has not got me taste this interesting sandwich from Poland. Wonderful series and such a nice and filling sandwich to finish it off.

  6. The cheese laden open faced sandwich looks awesome Valli. I really need to appreciate your efforts on making two posts a day with A-Z themes, which would be an impossible job for me. You are a great inspiration for all of us Valli.

  7. We usually make something similar as light dinner especially on Sundays. Didn’t know that its a Polish open face sandwich. Looks so yummy. Have loved all your street food recipes and have got to learn about so many new ones.

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