Bigos, known in the U.S. as Hunter’s Stew, is a mish-mash of cabbage, meats, vegetables, and spices that was typically consumed by nobility after an exhilarating day of hunting. Generally served with mashed potatoes or rye bread, it constitutes a staple of the Polish cuisine, as it is immensely filling and hearty. Its richness in vitamin C, year-long availability of most ingredients, as well as its warming and robust qualities have made hunter’s stew (bigos) an essential part of the cold winter diet in Poland, Ukraine, Belarus, Romania, Lithuania, and various Eastern European countries alike.
According to an age-old recipe, hunter’s stew (bigos) took time and care to reach its utmost perfection. It is not a whimsical dish. It requires a slow, steady, and uninterrupted process of preparation, where it is heated for hours, even days. Each ingredient is mixed into this pot of piquant and savory flavor at exactly the right time, without rush, so as to bring out the utmost essence of each and every ingredient. Hunter’s stew (bigos) was cooked for up to four days, to reach its maximum quality and allow the vegetables, meats, and spices to intertwine and really saturate with extraordinary flavor. Often times red wine was added into the composition as well to intensify the dish and make it all the more profound.
At Lowell Foods, we adhere to tradition and bring you the delicacy so heartily consumed by nobles. With the slight exception of not including meat, because we would like to stand by meat-consumers and vegetarians alike. Lowell Foods Hunter’s Stew (bigos) is made all-naturally with top quality ingredients. Layers of white cabbage and sauerkraut are integrated with mushrooms, onions, tomatoes, carrots, plums, sweet peppers, and dried mushrooms, and crowned with dashes of sugar, salt, garlic, caraway, black pepper, marjoram, turmeric, allspice, chili, and bay leaves for an exquisite composition. Hunter’s stew (bigos) such as this were an integral companion to various types of venison that were hunted for – such as pheasants, partridges, deer, boars – as they captured the spirit of the hunt, the aura of the woods, and the stout-hearted temperament of the hunters with its zest and character.
Lowell Foods Hunter’s Stew (Bigos) is best served heated, and you may add veal, beef, ham, bacon, sausage or any other complimentary ingredients to suit your own liking. It is, however, fully prepared and ready to eat upon simply heating it up – the laborious process of preparation has been done for you. The taste will remain superb, and the fragrance impeccable, whether you choose to add ingredients of your own or not. Now in the light of chilly autumn and winter months, a steaming dish of Lowell Foods Hunter’s Stew (Bigos) is bound to invigorate and replenish you. The abundance of vitamin C will strengthen your immunity in a time when it is most at risk. No wonder hunters in the coldest of regions of Eastern Europe relied on hunter’s stew (bigos) for energy and vigor – its qualities are extraordinary!
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