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Enjoy an Eastern European-Style Thanksgiving Dinner


11. Cherry-Cranberry Sauce Recipe

Cherry-Cranberry Sauce
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This recipe for cherry-cranberry sauce combines two of the fruits Eastern Europeans love -- wild cranberries and sour cherries. Cultivated cranberries will work fine and, you can substitute fresh cranberries for the cherries making this a triple-cranberry sauce. This condiment goes well with turkey, duck, chicken, pork, ham and game meat, so don't save it just for Thanksgiving.

12. Creamed Pumpkin Recipe - Polish Dynia w Smietanie

Photo of Pumpkins at a Fall Farmers Market
© 2008 Barbara Rolek licensed to About.com, Inc.
This creamy side dish combines pumpkin, onion, sour cream and dill. It's not something you see everyday. Polish pumpkins are naturally very sweet. If yours is on the bland side, add a little sugar to brighten the flavor.

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13. Potato Bread Recipe - Polish Okregly Chleb Kartoflany

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Polish potato bread is firm enough to accommodate sandwiches made of leftover turkey AND cranberry sauce without falling apart. And its flavor won't compete with the meat the way rye bread would.

14. Apple Slices Recipe - Polish Jablka Kroione

Polish Apple Slices or Jablka Krojone
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This recipe is a little different from most apple slices -- the pastry dough top has a crackly finish because it's brushed with egg white and sugar before baking (not a meringue).

15. Poached Pears with Chocolate Sauce Recipe - Polish Gruszki w Czekoladzie

Poached Pear with Chocolate Sauce
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For a dramatic presentation, leave the pears whole and remove the core from the bottom or slice them in half for easier core removal. For a pink color, 1 cup of the water can be replaced with 1 cup red wine.

16. Pumpkin Custard Recipe

Pumpkin Custard
© 2009 Barbara Rolek licensed to About.com, Inc.
Eastern Europeans have a love affair with the pumpkin, whose seeds were brought to them from the Americas. This custard recipe is another example of Eastern Europeans' fondness for hiding food in other foods.

17. Pear Custard Pie Recipe

Pear Custard Pie
© 2009 Barbara Rolek licensed to About.com, Inc.
I developed this recipe for pear custard pie when I had two beautiful Korean pears and half a package of thawed filo dough staring me in the face. I thought a sweet spin on Serbian burek would be just the ticket, and it was.

18. Cranberry Pudding or Kissel Recipe - Polish Kisiel Zurawinowy

Cranberry Kisiel or Pudding
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Polish puddings or kisiel are typically thickened with potato starch, and are somewhere between an opaque gelatin and a transparent pudding in appearance. What sets them apart is their fresh fruit flavor that's not too sweet.

19. Polish Cranberry Cordial Recipe - Likier Zurawinka

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© 2008 Barbara Rolek licensed to About.com, Inc.
You can say na zdrowie! as you lift your glass to toast your guests with this refreshing cordial that packs a kick.
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