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Eastern European Mushroom Recipes

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Mushrooms are one of the national treasures of Eastern Europe. And mushroom hunting, a skill passed down from generation to generation, is a national pastime. It's not unusual to see villagers coming down from the mountains or out of the forests with a knife in one hand and a bag of mushrooms in the other. They lend a pungent, rich, earthy flavor to everything from soups to stews. New varieties of cultivated forest mushrooms on the market today are making it increasingly easy to enjoy these precious jewels year-round.

1. How to Make Polish Mushroom-Barley Soup or Zupa Grzybowa

Mushroom-Barley Soup
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This hearty meatless soup, known as zupa grzybowa in Polish, combines dried, reconstituted mushrooms with barley and sour cream for a satisfying dish.

2. How to Make Mushroom Strudel

Mushroom Strudel
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This flaky vegetable strudel is jampacked with mushrooms and herbs. It's perfect as an appetizer or, add a green side salad, and the meatiness of mushrooms makes it a great vegetarian main course.

3. Polish Nalesniki Cabbage and Mushroom Filling Recipe

Nalesniki
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Cabbage and mushrooms filling goes well with savory Polish nalesniki, also known as Polish blintzes or filled crepes. Once filled and rolled, they can be baked or pan fried, or dipped in beaten egg and bread crumbs and fried.

4. Polish Potato Cutlets with Mushroom Sauce Recipe - Kotlety Ziemniaczane

Polish Potato Cutlets with Mushroom Sauce
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This recipe is a good candidate for leftover mashed potatoes as long as no milk was added when mashing, or you can start from square one. These potato cakes or cutlets make a great meatless main course, side dish or appetizer, and the mushroom sauce elevates it to a gift from the gods.

5. Creamed Mushrooms Recipe

Creamed Mushrooms
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This simple dish of sauteed, creamed mushrooms features them in a starring role. They make a great side dish for dinner, hold well on a buffet table, can be used as a sauce, rolled in savory palacsinta (Hungarian crepes) or scrambled with eggs.

6. Polish Meatloaf Stuffed with Mushrooms Recipe - Klops Nadziewany Grzybami

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This Polish recipe for meatloaf stuffed with mushrooms uses a ground meat mixture that can be made into a loaf shape, meatballs or patties. This is just another example of Eastern Europeans' love of hiding one food inside another food.

7. Hungarian Pancakes, Scrambled Eggs & Mushrooms Recipe

Mushroom Crepes
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This dish is made with savory Hungarian palacsinta, a crepe-like pancake, scrambled eggs and mushrooms. It's perfect for breakfast, brunch, lunch, or as a main course. And when served with creamed mushrooms, it becomes an elegant, vegetarian dish perfect for a bridal shower.

8. Quick and Easy Mushroom-Barley-Bacon Soup Recipe

Mushroom-Barley-Bacon Soup
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This recipe for quick and easy mushroom-barley-bacon soup combines three ingredients Eastern Europeans love. Best of all, it takes only 15 minutes to prepare (10 minutes if you buy presliced mushrooms!) and 15 minutes to cook. Most soups of this type include beef as an ingredient, which takes about an hour to cook. This spin uses beef broth and Canadian bacon. Serve it with crusty bread and a salad and you're good to go.

9. Polish Creamed Mushroom Sauce Recipe - Sos Grzyby Suszone

Creamed Mushroom Sauce
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This recipe for Polish creamed mushroom sauce or sos grzyby suszone, gets a slight tang from sour cream.

10. Slovak Sour Mushroom Soup Recipe - Machanka

Slovak Sour Mushroom Soup - Machanka
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Slovak sour mushroom soup is a meatless soup served for Christmas Eve velija supper and also any time fasting is required, like Advent and Lent. It's a hearty soup made with woodsy dried mushrooms that have been reconstituted.
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