You Should Try Zapiekanka AKA Polish Pizza

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You’ve had regular pizza, you’ve probably had Neapolitan pizza, and there is a great chance that most of you’ve tried Chicago deep-dish pizza at least once. But did you ever have Polish pizza known? If not, then you are in for a treat.

Zapiekanka, aka Polish pizza, is actually an open-face sandwich pretending to be a pizza. It uses a baguette instead of dough, but it can have similar toppings like cheese, mushrooms, or ham. The dish became popular in the ’70s in Poland and remained one the staples of its street food culture.

Since zapiekanka never really gained any traction outside Poland, it is almost impossible to find it in other countries. However, that shouldn’t stop you from trying it. Polish pizza is so easy to make and so tasty if you do it right. Here is how to make it.


  • 1 baguette
  • 2 cups button mushrooms
  • 1 cup grated mozzarella
  • 1 red onion
  • Salt
  • Black pepper
  • Ketchup


  1. Preheat the oven to 390F.
  2. Cut the baguette in half by length. Carve the crumb so you can get more filling in.
  3. Clean and chop the button mushrooms and onion. Sauté them in a pan while adding a pinch of salt and black pepper.
  4. Brush a baking sheet with some olive oil. Line the bottom and top parts of the baguette on it and fill it with mushrooms and onions. Add grated mozzarella on top before popping it into the oven for eight to 10 minutes.
  5. As soon as you take them out, top them with ketchup. Wait until the zapiekankas cool off, and then dig in.