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Traditional Eastern European Recipes


Eastern European food has two sides -- traditional, Old World recipes reminiscent of the glory days of the aristocracy, and hearty and delicious comfort food designed to fill the ravenous appetites of hard-working farmers. These authentic recipes reflect the culinary diversity of Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Croatia, Hungary, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia and Ukraine.
  1. Traditional Appetizer Recipes
  2. Traditional Soup Recipes
  3. Traditional Salad Recipes
  4. Traditional Main Course Recipes
  5. Traditional Vegetable Recipes
  6. Traditional Starch Recipes
  1. Traditional Noodles, Dumplings, Pancakes Recipes
  2. Traditional Fruit Recipes
  3. Traditional Bread Recipes
  4. Traditional Dessert Recipes
  5. Traditional Beverage Recipes

Traditional Appetizer Recipes

Mushroom Strudel

Eastern Europeans believe in gracious hospitality and a "meal before the meal" is a given in most homes. Savory strudels, smaller versions of stuffed cabbage or homemade sausage all have a place on the Eastern European buffet table.

Traditional Soup Recipes

Oxtail Soup

Many of these traditional Eastern European soup recipes can be served warm and cold. They are so hearty, they can be the main course, but most cooks use them to stimulate the appetite for the delights that are to follow.

Traditional Salad Recipes

Polish Cucumbers in Sour Cream - Mizeria

Eastern European cuisine is based on fresh, seasonal ingredients and nowhere is that seen more clearly than in their salads. They can be hot or cold, lettuce based or a medley of brined vegetables.

Traditional Main Course Recipes

Polish Stuffed Cabbage - Golabki

Eastern European main courses place a heavy emphasis on comfort food. These traditional recipes may take a little time, but they are well worth the effort. You'll be channeling your grandmother in no time!

Traditional Vegetable Recipes

Czech Creamed Brussels Sprouts

Eastern European cooks pride themselves on cooking with the seasonal bounty, whether from their own garden or the farmers' market. Cabbage, mushrooms, kohlrabi, cucumbers and peppers are all favorites.

Traditional Starch Recipes

Kasha with Mandarin Oranges and Raisins

Starches go beyond potatoes and rice in the Eastern European kitchen. Discover wonderful grains from bulgur wheat to buckwheat groats and how easy they are to prepare.

Traditional Noodles, Dumplings, Pancakes Recipes

Polish Pierogi

While noodles, dumplings and pancakes (crepes or blintzes) are technically considered starches, they play such a huge role in Eastern European cooking, they deserve special treatment. And "traditional" doesn't necessarily translate into "difficult."

Traditional Fruit Recipes

Fresh Cranberries

Fruit is the preferred dessert in Eastern Europe and recipes abound for elaborate cordials to fresh fruit served au naturel with, perhaps, a dollop of sweetened whipped cream. Fruit compotes are very popular.

Traditional Bread Recipes

Polish Sourdough Rye Bread

Bread is indispensable to Eastern Europeans and is served at just about every meal. Russians, Poles, Ukrainians, Hungarians and Lithuanians love their sourdough rye breads. Serbians, Bulgarians and Romanians prefer corn flour breads. But nearly every Eastern European country has its standby white bread. All breads are easy to prepare, they just take a little time. But you can multitask while the dough is rising!

Traditional Dessert Recipes

Hungarian Esterhazy Torte

No Eastern European host would consider letting a guest leave the house without some type of dessert and coffee or tea, not to mention a little plum brandy or fruit cordial. Desserts range from simple butter cookies to strudels to nut rolls to elaborate tortes and other cakes. Many traditional dessert recipes are very easy to prepare, and some take a dedicated slot of time, so plan accordingly before beginning a recipe.

Traditional Beverage Recipes

Polish Blueberry Cordial

Whether with a strong demitasse of coffee, sweet tea, ice-cold vodka, mulled wine or plum brandy, Eastern Europeans believe in toasting to your good health, good wealth, good life! Some cordials require long aging periods and others do not. Here are some traditional recipes that require aging.

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