My dear friend Laurie F. asked me what this word was…Paczki. Let me explain.
A PACZKI is a deep-fried piece of dough shaped into a flattened sphere and filled with cheese or other sweet filling. Lemon, strawberry, prune, vanilla custard, chocolate custard, peach…oh the fillings go on and on!!! Then the Pączki are covered with powdered sugar, icing, or just rolled in sugar or bits of dried orange zest.
Chicago has the largest population of Poles in the U.S., second only to Warsaw. The Poles have introduced us to a cuisine that is loved by all Chicagoans. The small city I live in (pop 14,000) has two polish bakeries, two Polish delis, a small grocery store plus a large grocery store mostly dedicated to European patrons in the area.
So, Fat Tuesday is a day to stuff yourself silly until you are nauseous. Generally everyone buys these gastrointestinal bombs by the dozens, in this house we cut them in half so we can sample more of the decadent fillings. Then……you drink Pepto Bismol.
There is nothing better that going into a delicious smelling bakery on Fat Tuesday and smiling at the Ladies who talk to you in Polish…all you do is point and they box them up!