Polish Cabbage and Mushroom Pie: A Savory Extravaganza


Prepare to embark on a culinary adventure with the Polish Cabbage and Mushroom Pie (Kulebiak z Kapustą i Grzybami). This savory masterpiece is a true celebration of flavors, textures, and culinary traditions. Layers of flaky, buttery pastry envelop a sumptuous filling of sautéed cabbage, earthy mushrooms, and a harmonious blend of herbs and spices. Each bite unveils a symphony of flavors that will transport you to the heart of Polish cuisine, where comforting and indulgent dishes reign supreme.

Polish Cabbage and Mushroom Pie: A Savory Extravaganza

Preparation Details

  • Preparation Time: 1 hour
  • Cooking Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 45 minutes

Number of Servings and Serving Size

  • Servings: 8
  • Serving Size: 1 generous slice

Genuine Nutritional Information (per serving)

  • Calories: 420
  • Total Fat: 24g
  • Saturated Fat: 10g
  • Cholesterol: 60mg
  • Sodium: 580mg
  • Total Carbohydrates: 38g
  • Dietary Fiber: 4g
  • Protein: 12g


  • 1 package (17.3 oz/490g) frozen puff pastry, thawed
  • 1 lb (450g) green cabbage, shredded
  • 1 lb (450g) mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 tsp dried marjoram
  • Salt and black pepper, to taste
  • 1 egg, beaten with 1 tbsp water (for egg wash)

Detailed Method of Preparation

  1. In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the diced onion and minced garlic, and sauté for 2-3 minutes until fragrant.
  2. Add the sliced mushrooms and continue cooking for 5-7 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the mushrooms release their moisture and begin to brown.
  3. Add the shredded cabbage, dried thyme, dried marjoram, salt, and black pepper to the skillet. Cook for an additional 10-12 minutes, stirring frequently, until the cabbage is tender and wilted.
  4. Remove the filling from heat and let it cool slightly.
  5. On a lightly floured surface, roll out one sheet of puff pastry into a large rectangle, about 1/4-inch (6mm) thick.
  6. Transfer the filling to the center of the pastry rectangle, leaving a 1-inch (2.5cm) border around the edges.
  7. Roll out the second sheet of puff pastry to the same size as the first.
  8. Brush the border of the bottom pastry with the egg wash.
  9. Place the second pastry sheet over the filling, and crimp the edges together with a fork to seal the pie.
  10. Brush the top of the pie with the remaining egg wash.
  11. Using a sharp knife, make a few slits in the top of the pie to allow steam to escape during baking.
  12. Bake the pie in a preheated oven at 400°F (200°C) for 25-30 minutes, or until the pastry is golden brown and puffed.
  13. Remove the pie from the oven and let it cool for 10-15 minutes before slicing and serving.

Tips for Culinary Success

  • For an extra crispy crust, brush the top of the pie with melted butter before baking.
  • If the crust starts to brown too quickly, cover the pie with aluminum foil and continue baking.
  • Let the filling cool completely before assembling the pie to prevent the pastry from becoming soggy.
  • Serve the Polish Cabbage and Mushroom Pie with a dollop of sour cream or a side of Polish cucumber salad for added freshness and flavor.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q: Can I use fresh mushrooms instead of dried?

A: Absolutely! Fresh mushrooms work beautifully in this recipe. You may need to adjust the cooking time slightly, as fresh mushrooms release more moisture.

Q: Can I make this pie in advance?

A: Yes, you can prepare the filling and assemble the pie ahead of time. Store it in the refrigerator until ready to bake, or freeze it for later use.

Q: What type of cabbage works best in this recipe?

A: Green cabbage is the traditional choice for this Polish pie, but you can also use savoy or napa cabbage for a slightly different flavor and texture.

As the flaky, golden crust gives way to the savory filling of this Polish Cabbage and Mushroom Pie, you'll be transported to a realm of culinary bliss. Each bite is a celebration of rustic flavors, a harmonious dance of cabbage, mushrooms, and herbs that pays homage to the rich culinary traditions of Poland. Savor the moment, for this pie is more than just a dish – it's a testament to the art of comfort food, a reminder that simple ingredients, when combined with skill and passion, can create something truly extraordinary. Indulge in this savory extravaganza, and let it nourish not only your body but your soul as well.