Zapiekanka is a popular Polish open-face sandwich. They use half of a baguette or other long roll, topped with sautéed mushrooms, cheese. Furthermore, it can include on top, other ingredients, toasted until the cheese melts, and served with ketchup.
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.
When it came to the turn of Z, I had Zeppole, another Popular Italian Street food. First of all, I wanted to make only savory street food, hence I certainly didn’t want to check out sweet options. So finally, when I read about these Polish open-faced sandwiches, I didn't look any further. French Bread Pizzas is the other name for these sandwiches.
Try this Zapiekanka ~ Polish Open-Faced Sandwich
First of all, while there are many versions of this zapiekanki sandwich, 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 certainly seems like making the open-faced sandwich authentic seems to be the thick drizzle of Polish ketchup across the top, no matter what cuisine the zapiekanka is trying to emulate. Hence, I certainly 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 everything to mix and nothing to overpower. Above all, Zapiekanka certainly is a filling bread to enjoy!
Finally, 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.
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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Zapiekanka ~ Polish Open-Faced Sandwich
To make this Zapiekanka or the Polish Open-Faced Sandwich, I have used two Dinner rolls. Above all, since my kids like only onions and capsicum, I have only used these two.
Finally, we can roast the vegetables in butter along with seasoning till it gets done.
Finally, when we are ready to serve the sandwich, slit through the bread and apply the pizza sauce over it completely.
Now you can top it with fillings and add the grated cheese all over the bread.
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
- 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 Chilies Flakes
- 1 /2 cup Mozzarella Cheese
- 2 tsp Butter
How to make Zapiekanka ~ Polish Open Faced Sandwich
- Heat a kadai with butter and saute the onions, capsicum and corn till done. Takes about 3 to 4 mins. Add salt and Red chili flakes.
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.