Wigilia is the Polish name for Christmas Eve. After the breaking of the wafer and exchanging of wishes, everyone sits down at the dinner table. The table is covered with a white tablecloth and there is one additional place set for an unexpected guest who, especially that night, should not be turned away.
Here’s a short list of foods typically found on the Polish Christmas Eve Wigilia table (this is a traditionally meatless dinner):
• Red beet soup with mushroom “uszka” (little pierogi)
• Herring in oil, pickled herring
• Fried carp
• Sauerkraut with mushrooms
• Dried-fruit compote
• Noodles with poppy seeds
• Kutia (a dish made from boiled wheat, poppy seeds, and honey)
• Pierogi, traditionally with cabbage and mushrooms
• Oplatek (Christmas wafer)
These are just a few of the Christmas delights served in Poland!