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Eastern European Cheese Recipes


Eastern Europeans love cheese -- from farmers cheese to kashkaval to feta -- and they use it in everything from appetizers to desserts. Explore the many ways to use cheese in these recipes.

1. Top Eastern European Cheesecake Recipes

Hungarian Curd Cheesecake or Turos Lepeny
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Cheesecakes are popular throughout Eastern Europe. They don't resemble the type of cheesecakes Americans are familiar with, aka cream cheese or New York-style cheesecake (although they do exist), because they're usually made with dry curd cheese or farmer's cheese. Still, they are creamy and delicious but perhaps not as sweet as what Americans are used to.

2. Serbian Baked Cheese and Eggs Recipe - Prijesnac

Serbian Prijesnac
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This easy Serbian baked cheese and egg casserole is a great vegetarian main course, side, breakfast or brunch dish, or even an appetizer. Prijesnac wouldn't be considered a fasting dish, however, because it contains milk, eggs, cheese and butter. There are many variations of prijesnac. Here is one I like.

3. Kashkaval Grilled Cheese Sandwich Recipe

Kashkaval Grilled Cheese Sandwich
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When sandwiched between pieces of dark rye bread, kashkaval, a Bulgarian sheep's milk cheese, has just the right pungency to make things interesting.

4. Cheese Turnover or Pie

Serbian Cheese Burek
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Serbian cheese bureks are flaky pockets of melted cheese that work as an appetizer or main course. Consider a glass of kefir as your beverage of choice. Delicious!

5. Lazy Pierogi Recipe

Lazy Pierogi
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Farmers cheese is incorporated into the dough of this unfilled -- hence, "lazy" -- Polish dumpling. They are great with bacon and onions but, when fasting, melted butter serves just as well.

6. Sweet Cheese Palachinke Recipe

Sweet Cheese Palachinke
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Croatians and Serbians make palachinke with sweet and savory fillings. In this recipe, the thin crepe-like pancakes are filled with sweet cheese and blanketed with a custard sauce.

7. Cheese-Filled Potato Dumplings

Cheese-Filled Lithuanian Potato Dumplings
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Lithuanians call these potato dumplings, that can be filled with meat or cheese, cepelinai because their shape is similar to that of a zeppelin. Cheese-filled dumplings are served with a sour cream-milk sauce. Meat dumplings have the requisite bacon-sour cream sauce.

8. Sweet Cheese Pierogi Recipe

Sweet Cheese Pierogi
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This Polish dumpling filled with sweetened farmers cheese is a favorite. But, there is also a savory cheese filling.

9. Savory Cheese-Filled Blintzes

Savory Cheese Nalesniki
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Like pierogi, Polish nalesniki or blintzes can be made with just about any filling imaginable, including sweet and savory cheese varieties. Here, the cheese filling makes this a perfect main course or appetizer dish.

10. Pampushki Recipe

Pampushki Dumplings
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This Russian-Ukrainian potato dumpling recipe is filled with savory cheese, breaded and then fried. It makes a great appetizer or main course dish.

11. Fried Cheese Appetizer Recipe

Bulgarian Fried Cheese Appetizer
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Kashkaval Pane, a Bulgarian fried cheese appetizer, is traditionally made with sheep's milk kashkaval cheese, but Italian provolone or fontina, or haloumi from Cyprus can be used.

12. Savory Cheese Pie Recipe

Bulgarian Cheese Banitza
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This cheese banitza recipe from Bulgaria is similar to a Serbian cheese burek, but the filling is rolled in filo dough, instead of being layered in it.
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