Plump up with Paczki Day!

(Hint: it's Polish Fat Tuesday.)

What's paczki?

For centuries, the Polish have used up all lard, sugar, eggs and fruit in the house to make pączki before Lent. No sense in having no-no's in the house when you're fasting!

Pączki is like a doughnut — it's deep-fried dough with a sweet-filling center. It's a great last-minute indulgence before 40 days and 40 nights of behaving yourself.

Where can I get it?

Polish Village Cuisine (6301 Fleet Ave) in Slavic Village celebrates with a spread of Pączki Day treats this year. Fillings include plum and rose hips, custard, apricot, strawberry, poppyseed and lemon.

While you're there, you can pick up some Polish savories too, like pirogues, kielbasa, potato pancakes, cabbage and noodles.

The restaurant opens at 5 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 12, ready to fill your belly. Reserve your pączki by calling Polish Village Cuisine at 216-641-5789.