In Poland, housewives saved the finest wheat flour for breads and noodles for Christmas Eve. Depending on the region and preferences, that might mean paluszki
(long, thin finger dumplings with poppyseeds) or kluski z makiem
, noodles with stewed fruit or jam, or pierogi
, with a mushroom-sauerkraut or savory cheese filling. It might also mean barley, buckwheat groats, kasha, or boiled rice with browned butter, cinnamon and sugar. Rice, mushrooms and other vegetables also appear in meatless cabbage rolls. Most meals are accompanied by rye bread
(pictured here), an egg-twist bread. In Eastern Poland, a dish known as kutia
, consisting of wheat berries, poppyseeds, honey and nuts, is served.