Polish Hunter Stew

Polish Hunter’s Stew {Bigos} for #SundaySupper

In International Food by Amanda Mouttaki53 Comments

Polish Hunter Stew

One of the best things that happened last year in my blogging world was finding and becoming a part of #SundaySupper. I’ve long felt that family meals are of terrible importance and the mission of #SundaySupper is just that – bringing families together.  This week is the one year anniversary of this movement beginning.  In honor of this achievement contributors were encouraged to select a recipe that was blogged by another contributor in the last year.  It was a really hard choice but the recipe I chose seemed to fit perfectly.

When I first became a contributor I was assigned a mentor.  My mentor happened to be Melanie who published the blog From Fast Food to Fresh Food. On the surface you might think we have very little in common, in fact we have many differences however we also have a ton in common (including only about 100 miles between us geographically!) We were both raised in Wisconsin and hearty Midwestern roots.  We also both have been able to grow beyond the sometimes narrow-mindedness exhibited by many around us. Melanie helped me a lot when I first joined #SundaySupper and so I wanted to make one of her recipes, but which to choose?

I’m doing a 21 day cleanse right now and it’s chock full of fresh fruits and vegetables which are hard to come by in a Midwestern winter unless you’re willing to fork over an arm and a leg. When I saw this recipe for Bigos and the ingredients that made it up the first thing I thought was, now THAT is a Midwestern dish. The flavors in this dish are a reminder of my childhood.  It actually brought back a lot of memories I had tucked away a long time ago. I spend a lot of time exploring Middle Eastern and Moroccan food and flavors but I haven’t really spent much time on the recipes of me heritage. I want to change that this year.  So while I will keep blogging Moroccan recipes you can expect to see others that are from my heritage.

You can find Melanie’s original recipe for Bigos here, but I’ll post the recipe as I’ve changed it to be gluten-free, halal and a slow cooker meal.


  • 6 slices of Turkey bacon
  • 4 Andouille Chicken Sausages
  • 1 lb of beet stew meat
  • rice flour for dredging
  • oil for frying
  • 2 tsp crushed garlic
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 2 large carrots, diced
  • 2 cups mushrooms, sliced
  • 6-10 brussle sprouts, quartered
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1 tsp dried dill
  • 1 Tbsp paprika
  • 2 Tbsp tomato paste
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 2 tsp dash of Worcestershire sauce
  • 5 cups beef broth


Slice the turkey slices into pieces and cook in a large skillet, until it turns a light brown.  Do not let it turn crispy.  Remove the bacon and add to slow cooker.

Next, slice the chicken sausage into 1 inch pieces and add to slow cooker. Clean and cube beef.  Dredge the pieces of beef with rice flour.  Add 1 tsp of oil to the large skillet and turn to medium heat.  When the oil is sizzling, add the pieces of meat and brown on all sides.  Once this is complete, transfer the beef to the slow cooker.

Next, add into the slow cooker the garlic, onion, carrots, mushrooms, and brussle sprouts as well as the bay leaf, basil, dill, paprika, salt, pepper, and tomato paste.

Mix everything around to combine well.  Finally add the Worcestershire sauce and beef broth, mixing one more time.  Cover the slow cooker and cook on low heat for 8-10 hours or high for 4-6 hours^.  Serve over mashed potatoes or if you’d like to make this a one pot dish, add the potatoes into the slow cooker as well.

*Note: This cooked for almost 12 hours in my slow cooker as we went out and I forgot it was still on. The longer it cooks the more tender the meat gets! This can also be easily frozen and reheated.

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Amanda MouttakiPolish Hunter’s Stew {Bigos} for #SundaySupper


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  5. Sarah

    You have a wonderful mentor. I love Melanie! She has the funniest humor and I love her recipes. I pinned this dish too when she made it. You are making me to want some of this dish right now. And I love your healthy swaps in the recipe. Perfect for my new healthy life style! Great job!

  6. Nancy @ gottagetbaked

    Sunday Supper has been one of the best things to happen to me in the last year too. I’m so thankful to be a part of this inspirational, supportive group. I’ve never had bigos before but I was salivating while reading the delicious list of ingredients. It looks fabulous – hearty, warm and comforting.

  7. Soni

    Oh,I love such hearty wholesome meals especially at this time of the year!The flavors sound fantastic with the sausages,meat and veggies!Would love to try it for sure :)

  8. The Ninja Baker

    Love my veggies so very much appreciate your sharing of this stew recipe.

    And very intrigued and looking forward to your posts about Moroccan foods, customs and culture à la American =)

  9. Laura

    Yup that is my heritage too! And not so far off from tagines really, just minus the spices. Slow cooked meat and veggies. Yum.

  10. Liz

    I’ve made bigos before, but it never looked this good! I need to try your recipe…this would be a hubby approved dish :)

  11. Renee

    A great stew and nice you gave a gluten free alternative. It was wonderful to hear how you connected with your Sunday Supper mentor and how you have enjoyed being a part of the movement.

  12. kelly @ kellybakes

    It’s wonderful to be able to connect with other people through heritage, traditions and food! My mom is half Polish and though we don’t have many passed down recipes, I learned how to make pierogi and galobki to reconnect with that side of my family. I love beef stew and the combination of flavors in this sounds right up my alley. It’s safe to say that I’ll be adding this to my list of borrowed foods too!

  13. Martin D. Redmond

    It’s uncharacteristically cold here in California this week. Wish I had a big heaping bowl of this delicious stew! It’s look’s fantastic, and I like the turkey bacon chicken andouille sausage addition!

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  15. Conni Smith

    Oh that is totally a midwestern dish! I’m also from Wisconsin – I grew up in Beloit, and most of my relatives all still live there.

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    This sounds absolutely delicious! Putting it on my short list to make! Great pick for this week!!

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  29. Melanie from Fast Food to Fresh Food

    I’m so honored that you picked my recipe! Such a lovely post, and yes– we have so much in common despite what people may think on the surface. It’s been an honor to get to know you better! Re: the recipe- I was happy to see you make it halal, but I never thought to make it in a slow cooker. Very interesting! I may try that next– may even try making it halal (kosher) so that I can take it to our next congregational potluck! Thanks again for choosing my recipe!

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