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Polish Farmer's Cheese Spread- GZIK- breakfast in Wielkopolska

Have you ever wondered what might be a typical Polish breakfast? How does it different from all the other breakfasts in the world?

Is there such a thing as a Polish breakfast at all? Looking at other countries, we could take something from each one. Polish breakfast mostly includes cereal, an open sandwich with a slice of cheese, ham and tomato or cucumber. On weekends I remember having eggs and "parówki" (hot dog). With every breakfast there is a beautiful fresh bread, some butter and almost always cottage cheese or farmers cheese spread with vegetables.

This simple spread has infinite possibilities. The classic version, called GZIK, originated in two provinces of Poland - Wielkopolska and Kujawy. It is based on a farmer's cheese - in Polish called biały ser, or twaróg, mixed with sour cream or yogurt. For additional flavor, in Poland we add everything for radishes and chives to tomatoes and cucumbers.

GZIK is not only eaten for breakfast but the more traditional way is to put it on top of a loaded potato - Pyry z Gzikiem.


Servings: 2-4 portion Time: Ready in 15 min



  • 1 block of farmer's cheese

  • 10-12 chopped radishes

  • 3-4 tbsp of Greek yogurt

  • Salt & pepper

  • Chopped chives

  • Favorite bread & butter


  • Chopping board and knife

Step by Step

  1. In a medium bowl mash with the fork the farmer's cheese. Add to it yogurt and mix everything well together.

  2. Add the radishes, and season everything with salt and pepper.

  3. Take a slice of your favorite bread and spread it with some butter. Take a spoon of GZIK and lay it out on top of your bread.

  4. Eat it with a cup of tea or coffee.



  • If you can not find it cottage cheese will work as well.

  • You can use sour cream instead of greek yogurt, I like the flavor of the yogurt


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