Polish Bigos Hunter Stew Recipe


  • 1/4 pound Bacon, cut into lardons
  • 1/2 pound Chuck Beef, trimmed & cut into 1″ cubes
  • 1/2 pound Pork Shoulder, trimmed & cut into 1″ cubes
  • 1/4 cup Flour
  • 2 tbsp Butter
  • 8 Shallots, peeled & roughly chopped
  • 1/2 pound Mushrooms, trimmed, cleaned & roughly chopped
  • 1 cup Red Wine
  • 1 pound Sauerkraut
  • 1 pound Cabbage, trimmed & thinly sliced
  • 1/2 pound Kielbasa Sausage, cut into 1″ chunks
  • 1/2 pound Smoked Ham, cut into 1″ chunks
  • 1/2 cup Pitted Prunes, roughly chopped
  • 2 Beefsteak Tomatoes, seeded, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 cups Beef Broth


  • Heat a large Dutch oven or stock pot over medium heat
  • Add bacon lardons to the pot and sauté until cooked, around 7 minutes
  • While bacon is cooking dredge generously season the chuck beef & pork shoulder cubes with kosher salt & freshly ground black pepper
  • Dredge the seasoned chuck and pork cubes in flour
  • Transfer the cooked bacon to a large bowl and set aside
  • Reserve bacon fat in the crock pot, adding a bit of olive oil if necessary
  • Working in batches, brown the chuck beef & pork shoulder cubes, transferring them to the bacon bowl as they become browned and adding olive oil to the pot if necessary
  • Add butter to the pot
  • Add shallots & mushrooms to the crock pot and sauté for 10 minutes, stirring frequently to help deglaze and to prevent the shallots from burning
  • When shallots are softened and mushrooms are just starting to brown, add red wine to the pot and deglaze completely
  • Add all remaining ingredients to the pot, including the browned meat & bacon with any reserved juices
  • Add just enough broth to ensure the meat is just submerged
  • Bring to a gentle boil, then reduce heat to low, cover tightly and let simmer for at least 3 hours, preferably longer if the pot can be monitored regularly
  • The stew inherits much more flavour when allowed to cool and then reheated, so ideally make 2 days before serving allowing to simmer for 4 hours or more, then once cooled, refrigerate and reheat on the stovetop over medium heat when ready to serve

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