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Ukrainian Easter Bread Recipe - Paska
Ukrainian Easter bread or paska is a richer version of plain white bread that is often decorated with religious symbols made of dough.
Russian Easter Bread Recipe - Kulich
Russian Easter bread or kulich is a sweet, yeast-risen bread with raisins, almonds and candied orange peel.
How To Make a Traditional Easter Lamb Cake
This Easter lamb cake recipe is made in a cast-iron mold.
How My Polish Family Celebrates Easter
For Poles, Easter is considered the holiset day of the year. Following a 40-day Lenten fast, Easter Sunday is celebrated with church services and a feast.
This Polish Easter Cake Is Easy To Make
Babka is a slightly sweet Polish bread with raisins traditionally served for Easter.
Eastern European Tradition of Blessing of the...
A tradition among many Eastern Europeans is that of having an Easter basket of food blessed on Holy Saturday.
Polish Smigus-Dyngus Day Celebrations
This Polish Easter Monday tradition is a good excuse for the boys to beat up on the girls. All in good fun, of course.
Traditional Easter Babka Recipe - Polish Babka...
This traditional Polish Easter Babka recipe is a sweet, yeast-risen bread with raisins and candied citrus rind.
Charlotte's Slovak Easter Bread Recipe - Paska
This recipe for Slovak Easter bread or paska is an eggy, yeast-raised round bread.
Easter Molded Cheese Dessert Recipe - Paska /...
This recipe for Easter molded cheese dessert is common among Russians, Ukrainians, Lithuanians and other Eastern Europeans. It is known variously as paska or paskha.
Polish Stuffed Cabbage Recipe - Gołąbki
Every Eastern European country has its version of stuffed cabbage rolls. For Lithuanians, it is holubki, for Poles it is golabki, for Serbs, it is sarma. However they are spelled, stuffed cabbage rolls are the original pocket meals.
Polish Easter Dinner Recipes
After the strict fasting of Lent, Poles are ready to feast on a hearty and diverse menu of Easter delicacies. Here you will find recipes for many of these items.
How Ukrainians Celebrate Easter - Paska
For Ukrainians, who are primiarly Orthodox Christians, Easter is the most important religious holiday of the year. Here is how Ukrainians celebrate Easter.
Slovak Egg Cheese Recipe for Easter - Hrudka
This recipe for Slovak egg cheese is typically made for Easter and goes by various names including hrudka, sirok, cirak and other spellings.
Ukrainian Babka Recipe
Babka and Paska are two of the favorite breads served for Easter in Ukraine.
White Borscht Soup Recipe - Polish Bialy...
White borscht soup or Polish bialy barszcz or zurek wielkanocny is made with the cooking water from white Polish kielbasa sausage and often the leftovers from the Holy Saturday basket of blessed food.
Perfect Sunday Beef Roast Recipe - Boneless Top...
This recipe for Perfect Sunday Beef Roast uses a top sirloin cut of beef.
Basic Pierogi Dough Recipe
This basic pierogi dough recipe is a simple combination of flour, eggs, water and salt.
How to Make Polish Pisanki Easter Eggs for...
To make Polish pisanki Easter eggs, Theresa Child starts with large hard-cooked and cooled eggs, and 100% pure beeswax.
Easter Bread Recipes Around the World
This is a collection of Easter bread recipes from around the world.
Polish Horseradish with Beets Recipe -...
Poles love horseradish. The addition of beets, gives color and sweetness to the condiment.
Eastern European Easter Bread Recipes
Eastern European countries all have their version of a slightly sweet yeast-risen Easter bread. What most have in common is the ingredients usually include foods forbidden during Lent -- butter, eggs, cheese.
Bulgarian Easter Bread Recipe - Kozunak
This Bulgarian Easter bread recipe, known as kozunak, is a slightly sweet yeast-raised bread with raisins.
Smigus-Dyngus Day
Smigus-Dyngus Day is a Polish tradition observed on Easter Monday when boys douse girls with water.
How to Make Polish Kielbasa Sausage
Boiling is one way to cook Polish kielbasa sausage. Page 9.
Traditional Slovak-Ukrainian-Russian Easter...
A traditional Slovak-Ukrainian-Russian Easter breakfast features all of the food items that were placed in a special basket and blessed in church on Holy Saturday or Easter Sunday.
Serbian Orthodox Easter
Easter is considered the holiest day of the year for Orthodox Christians. It is a time for religious observance and feasting with family and friends after a strict Lenten fast.
Polish Smoked Sausage and Sauerkraut Recipe
This smoked Polish sausage and sauerkraut recipe makes a great potluck or tailgating dish.
Ryemeal Soup with Sausage Recipe - Polish Zurek
This recipe for Polish ryemeal soup with sausage is from chef Marek Widomski of the Culinary Institute in Cracow, Poland.
Polish Easter Dessert Recipes
After 40 days of fasting for Lent, Poles pull out all the stops with a feast that begins on Easter morning and doesn't end until well past Easter Monday. Polish desserts are varied and delicious. These are some of the more popular ones for Easter.
Peanut-Butter Dog Biscuits Recipe
This healthy recipe for dog biscuits is made with only four ingredients.
Polish Kolaczki Recipe
Polish kolaczki are flaky little pastries, sometimes considered cookies, filled with fruit, cheese, nut or poppyseed pastes.
12 Traditional Romanian Recipes
Here are recipes for 12 authentic, traditional Romanian foods.
Have fun making Polish kielbasa sausage at home.
Polish sausage (kielbasa) is a pork sausage flavored with garlic, marjoram and black pepper that can be smoked or unsmoked (fresh).
Drago's Charbroiled Oysters Recipe
This recipe for charbroiled oysters was developed by Tommy Cvitanovich of Drago's Restaurant in New Orleans and Metairie, La.
15 Polish Sausages You Will Love
There are hundreds, if not thousands, of varieties of Polish sausage, all made according to region and family custom.
How Bulgarians Celebrate Easter
Here is a description of how Bulgarians celebrate Easter.
Romanian Easter and Christmas Bread Recipe -...
Romanian Easter and Christmas Bread or cozonac is a slightly sweet yeast-raised dough similar to Bohemian hoska and Russian kulich.
Polish Poppy Seed Roll Recipe - Makowiec
Poppy seeds are a favorite ingredient in Eastern European cooking and find themselves whole in savory dishes like noodles and ground to a paste in pastries like poppy seed rolls.
How Eastern Europeans Decorate Easter Eggs -...
The centuries-old art of pisanki or pysanky is a wax-resist method (like batik) of decorating Easter eggs. Every Eastern European country has its version.
Cream Cheese Pound Cake Recipe
The cream cheese in this buttery pound cake makes it a winner on its own or dressed up with strawberries and whipped cream.
How Lithuanians Celebrate Easter
Here is a description of how Lithuanians celebrate Easter.
Step-By-Step-Instructions For Making Dry Curd...
Here is a recipe and step-by-step instructions for making farmer's cheese, also known as dry curd cheese, at home.
Polish Pączki Recipe - Polish Doughnuts...
Paczki or Polish doughnuts are eaten on Fat Thursday in Poland and Fat Tuesday in the United States.
How to Make Braided Egg Bread - Houska
These step-by-step photo instructions will help you make braided egg bread known variously as houska, chalka and challah.
Popular Serbian Dessert Recipes
Here are recipes for popular Serbian dessert recipes.
Czech/Bohemian Braided Egg Bread Recipe - Houska
This yeast bread, known as houska to Bohemians and Czechs, chalka to Poles, and challah to Jews, is slightly sweet and rich, like French brioche.
Traditional Polish Cheesecake Recipe - Sernik
This recipe for traditional Polish cheesecake or sernik has a sweet pastry crust.
Polish Hunter's Stew Recipe - Bigos
Bigos or Hunters Stew is considered the national dish of Poland. Traditionally, it was full of the fruits of the forest -- venison, mushrooms, dried fruits. Today, anything goes.
Polish Crullers Recipe - Chrusciki
Polish crullers, known as chrusciki, are a favorite fried Polish dessert popular especially at the holidays and for weddings. They are also known as angel wings.
Sour Cream Pierogi Dough Recipe
This pierogi dough uses sour cream as one of its ingredients.
Serbian Easter Egg Bread Recipe
Serbian Easter egg bread is braided and topped with red hard-cooked eggs.
Pierogi-making is easier than you think if you...
Once you've selected the dough and filling you want for your pierogi, follow these steps for rolling, cutting, folding and cooking.
Scald is a culinary term which means to heat a liquid until just below the boiling point.
Coffee Cake Recipe - Polish Placek z Kruszonka
Polish coffee cake or placek z kruszonka is a simple sweet yeast-raised cake with a crumb topping.
Cucumbers in Sour Cream Recipe - Polish Mizeria
Mizeria is the Polish name for cucumbers in sour cream, a refreshing dish served year-round.
Polish Cheesecake #1 (Sernik)
Among the standard desserts in Poland is cheesecake, also known as sernik or serowiec.
Easy Polish Beet Barszcz Recipe - Barszcz...
Easy Polish beet barszcz is a sour soup made with beets.
Eastern European Babka Recipes
This comprehensive list of Eastern European babka recipes features Polish, Jewish and Ukrainian babkas.
Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe
This recipe for cream cheese frosting uses butter, cream cheese and confectioners' sugar.
Croatian / Serbian Sausage - Cevapcici or Cevaps
Cevapcici or cevaps are casing-less sausages favored by Eastern Europeans.
Pork belly is all the rage. Here's an easy...
This recipe for braised pork belly is from chef Donald Link of Cochon Restaurant in New Orleans, La.
QUICK TIP: How to Freeze Leftover Egg Whites
Here is an easy way to freeze leftover egg whites.
Polish Horseradish Recipe - Chrzan
Poles love horseradish. It is used as a condiment with kielbasa, ham, beef, just about anything.
Grab a piece of the sun with this lemon cake...
I adapted this recipe for Sunny Lemon Cake from " Piece of Cake: One-Bowl, No-Fuss, From-Scratch Cakes
Favorite Polish Dessert Recipes
Desserts vary from region to region in Poland, but this list of favorite Polish dessert recipes seem to be universal throughout the country.
QUICK TIP: Egg Wash Yeast Doughs and Other...
Egg washing yeast doughs prior to baking adds color or shine that makes them all the more appetizing.
Cake Pops Recipe
This recipe for cake pops on a stick can be dressed up as elegantly as you like or turned into wacky characters the kids will love.
Polish Crepes Recipe - Thin Naleśniki
Polish crepes are known as naleśniki. They can be filled with fruit, jam, or sweet or savory fillings and rolled or folded. Many people then call them blintzes.
How to Make Polish Stuffed Cabbage Rolls -...
A step by step recipe for making cabbage rolls, also known as golabki, holubki and sarma.
Slovak Sweet Egg Cheese Recipe for Easter -...
This recipe for Slovak sweet egg cheese is typically made for Easter and goes by various names including hrudka, sirok, cirak and other spellings. The most common hrudka is made without sugar.
All About Squash
Squash is considered a fruit and can be divided into summer squash and winter squash varieties
Polish Cheese Babka Recipe - Babka Ser
Polish cheese babka or babka ser is made with a sweet yeast-raised dough and farmers cheese filling.
Jewish Chocolate Babka Recipe
This recipe for Jewish chocolate babka is baked in a loaf pan instead of the swirled tube pan that Poles bake theirs in.
Polish Potato Pancakes Recipe from Gwizdaly...
This recipe for Polish potato pancakes or placki ziemniaczane is from Gwizdaly village.
Quick and Easy Smoked Pork Chops Recipe
Smoked pork chops are quick and easy to prepare and make a satisfying meal with braised cabbage and a green vegetable.
Jewish Cheese Blintzes Recipe
These Jewish cheese blintzes are made with a sweetened filling.
Zsolt's Goulash Soup Recipe - Hungarian Gulyas...
This recipe for Hungarian goulash soup or gulyas leves is hearty enough to be eaten as a main course.
Polish Royal Mazurek - Mazurek Krolewski
Mazurek or mazurka is a flat Polish cake made with a yeast dough or nonyeast dough and filled with various toppings including, preserves, fruits, nuts, creams.
This salad created by a French chef is popular...
This authentic recipe for Salata de Boeuf/Salat Olivje or is a traditional Romanian/Russian salad offering.
: Polish, literally, for "grandmother." In this context refers to a slightly sweet bread dotted with
Hungarian Fried Bread Recipe - Langos
Langos is Hungarian fried bread sometimes called Hungarian pizza. It is a favorite street and fair food.
QUICK TIP: How to Keep Potatoes From Turning Dark
Use this tip to keep your grated potatoes from turning dark.
Polish grocery stores, Polish online stores,...
Here is a list, by no means comprehensive, of Polish delis, import stores and online grocers where one can purchase Polish foods.
Jewish Potato Knishes Recipe
Jewish Potato knishes are a baked dumpling filled with potatoes similar to a Mexican empanada, a British pasty, a Russian pirozhki and an Italian calzone.
Slovak Stuffed Cabbage Recipe - Holubky or...
This recipe for Slovak stuffed cabbage, also known as holubky or halupki, is made with ground beef and pork, sauerkraut, paprika and tomato sauce.
How Croatians Celebrate Easter
Here is a description of how Croatians celebrate Easter.
Romanian Easter Bread with Cheese Recipe - Pasca
Romanian Easter bread with cheese starts with a slightly sweet yeast-risen dough filled with sweetened farmers cheese.
Serbian Easter Recipes
A Serbian Easter feast wouldn't be complete without a platter of sausages, cured meats, roasted peppers and cheeses, ajvar, kajmak and pogacha, and red wine. But the real centerpiece is spit-roasted barbecued lamb with lots of raw green onions. The best way to eat this delicacy is with your fingers. It's almost a requirement! The meal is rounded out by sarma, burek, cevapcici, Easter bread, salads, potatoes or rice, and desserts like nutroll, krem pita and kumas with strong Serbian coffee.
Croatian / Slovene Easter Bread Recipe - Pinca...
A popular sweet yeast bread made by Croatians and Slovenes at Easter time is known as pinca or sirnica.
Since 1989 Czech Republic is celebrating Easter...
Here is how Easter is celebrated in the Czech Republic.
Easy Nut Roll Recipe
This easy Croatian nut roll recipe has sour cream in the yeast dough.
Polish Egg Twist Bread Recipe - Chałka
This Polish egg twist bread recipe or chalka often features raisins.
Hungarian Desserts to Die For
Hungary is renowned for its fine pastries, some of them borrowed from Austria which, in turn, borrowed from France. In any case, Hungarians have created a delightful repertoire of rich desserts and stories to match.
Cheese Babka Recipe #2
Jewish cheese babka is made in a loaf pan instead of the fluted pan Poles use.
Roast Rack of Pork Recipe
Roast rack of pork is a showy cut of meat similar to a standing beef rib roast or rack of lamb.
Croatian Easter Bread Dolls Recipe - Primorski...
Croatian Easter Bread Dolls or primorski uskrsne bebe are made with a slightly sweet yeast dough wrapped around a colored hard-cooked egg.
Smigus-Dyngus Casserole Recipe
This easy casserole of American origin is a great way to use up sauerkraut and sausage from Easter dinner.
Russian Napoleon Cake Recipe - Napolyeon Tort
This Russian Napoleon Cake recipe is made with up to 16 layers of dough filled with a custard cream and is a national dessert.
Polish Dill Pickle Soup #2 -Zupa Ogorkowa
Polish dill pickle soup is common in Eastern Europe where pickling is a favorite way to preserve fruits, vegetables, meats and eggs.
Serbian Stuffed Cabbage Recipe #1 - Sarma
Sarma is the Serbian version of stuffed cabbage.
Romanian Stuffed Cabbage Recipe - Sarmale
This recipe for Romanian stuffed cabbage or sarmale is made with pork, sauerkraut and tomatoes.
Polish Papal Cream Cake Recipe - Kremowka...
This recipe for Polish cream cake has been renamed papal cream cake or kremowka papieska when it was learned the late Pope John Paul II loved this dessert.
Sweet Cheese Pierogi Filling Recipe
Sweet cheese filling using farmer's cheese is a favorite with pierogi eaters.
Blood Sausage Recipe - Polish Kiszka
Polish blood sausage or kiszka is made with pig's blood, seasonings and, usually, barley.
How to Make Polish Crullers - Chrusciki
These step-by-step photo instructions walk you through the preparation of Polish-style crullers known as chrusciki or chrust faworki.
How to Make Polish Smigus-Dyngus Casserole
These are step-by-step instructions for making Polish Smigus-Dyngus Casserole, traditionally served on Easter Monday.
There's Nothing Ordinary About Vanilla
Pure vanilla extract is so important in baking. When you're going to take the time to create a delicious Eastern European dessert or pastry from scratch, use pure vanilla extract. Artificial vanilla simply won't do. But did you realize where it comes from? Read on.
Traditional Czech Bread Dumplings Recipe -...
This is a traditional Czech recipe for bread dumplings or houskovy knedlik.
: Polish for "Easter basket" of food blessed by a priest on Holy Saturday. It further refers to the Easter
Pickled Beets and Onions Recipe
This easy recipe for pickled beets and onions is from the Culinary Institute of America.
Potato Latkes for Passover Recipe
This potato latke is suitable for Passover because it is made with matzoh meal, not flour.
Mixed Berry Dessert Sauce Recipe
This mixed berry dessert sauce recipe can be used on blintzes, pound cakes, ice cream and more.
Fresh Salmon Patties Recipe
This recipe for salmon patties is made with fresh, not canned, salmon. The cakes are browned on the stovetop and can then be finished in the oven.
How to Make Slovak Easter Paska Bread Peeps
Here are the ingredients needed to make Slovak Easter paska bread peeps.
Polish Stuffed Eggs Recipe - Jajka Faszerowany
Polish stuffed eggs, or jajka faszerowany, are also known as deviled eggs.
Hungarian Egg Twist Recipe - Fonott Kalacs
This recipe for Hungarian egg twist or fonott kalacs is a slightly sweet braided loaf studded with raisins.
Lithuanian Easter Bread Recipe - Velykos Pyragas
Lithuanian Easter bread or velykos pyragas is a sweet yeast-raised dough with white raisins.
Stuffed Cabbage Recipes
Here are stuffed cabbage recipes from Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovenia, Slovak Republic, Ukraine, and other countries.
QUICK TIP: Cut Yeast Rising Time
The rise time for yeast breads and cakes can be cut by 1 1/2 hours by using a microwave oven to speed things up.
Caviar - An Egg-cellent Adventure
Caviar is a favorite appetizer of Eastern Europeans. Learn the different types of caviar and what to look for.
Polish Potato Pancakes Recipe - Placki...
Crispy, thin potato pancakes or Placki Kartoflane or Ziemniaczane are a perfect meal for meatless days and a great accompaniment for roast pork or braised short ribs.
Top 10 Eastern European Dessert Recipes
Eastern Europeans have a charming tradition of offering "cake and coffee" to any guest who visits, expected
Potato-Cheese Pierogi Recipe - Pierogi Ruskie
This recipe for potato-cheese pierogi or pierogi ruskie is from chef Marek Widomski of the Culinary Institute in Cracow, Poland.
Blini Recipe - Russian Buckwheat Pancakes
Russians love buckwheat blini with caviar, smoked salmon, minced onion, chopped eggs, sour cream and a sip of vodka.
Jewish Bread Machine Challah Recipe #1
This Jewish challah recipe is made in a bread machine and gets a touch of sweetness from honey.
Russian Herring Under Fur Coat Salad Recipe -...
This traditional recipe for Russian Herring Under Fur Coat, known as Shuba or Seledka Pod Shuboi, is a layered salad that gets its name from the beet topping considered to be a fur coat or shuba.
Eggplant-Pepper Spread - Serbian Vegetarian...
Ajvar is Croatian / Serbian combination of roasted, mashed eggplant and sweet peppers served as a side dish with grilled meats or as an appetizer on bread.
Hungarian Chicken Paprikash Recipe
This recipe for Hungarian chicken paprikash uses no green or red peppers and is served over rice.
Polish Cheesecake Recipes Typically Feature Dry...
Here are top Polish-style cheesecake recipes.
Pomegranate Vinaigrette Recipe
This pomegranate vinaigrette recipe combines pomegranate juice, honey and oil for a tasty salad topper.
Mashed Potato Dumplings Recipe - Polish Kopytka
This recipe for Polish potato dumplingsor kopytka is made with cooked mashed potatoes.
QUICK TIP: How to Season a Cast-Iron Baking Mold
Cast-iron baking molds should be seasoned before their first use and then re-seasoned as necessary.
QUICK TIP: How to Freeze Leftover Egg Yolks
Here is how to freeze leftover egg yolks.
Polish Braised Red Cabbage - Czerwona Kapusta...
Red cabbage is a delicious accompaniment to almost any meat, fowl or fish dinner.
Top Eastern European Rye Bread Recipes
Eastern Europeans, especially Poles, Lithuanians, Russians, Ukrainians and Slovaks, love rye bread. The coarser and darker, the better. There's a staggering variety of ryes, from sourdoughs to buttermilks to cracked rye meal breads. One could conceivably enjoy a different rye bread every day of the week.
Bee Sting Cake Recipe - Bienenstich
bee sting cake or bienenstich is a favorite in many German-speaking countries and one which Hungarians adopted.
Polish Pork / Ham Hocks Recipe - Golonka
Polish pork hocks, also known as ham hocks, are called golonka in Poland, and considered a national dish.
How to Fill a Pastry Bag
Step-by-step instructions with pictures showing how to fill a pastry bag with icing.
Easter Bunny Cake Mold Recipe
This recipe was translated from Polish on Inmet's Easter bunny cake mold box. It is perfect for a 9-inch high rabbit mold.
Gluten-Free Pierogi Recipe - Polish Dumplings...
This gluten-free pierogi recipe is perfect for those who love Polish dumplings but can't tolerate gluten.
Cheese Pie Recipe - Burek sa Sirom
Burek sa sirom is a Croatian-Serbian cheese pie made with flaky filo dough.
Bulgarian Salad Recipe - Shopska Salata
Bulgarian shopska salata is a refreshing salad of tomatoes, peppers, onion and parsley in a vinaigrette dressing.
Top Eastern European Poppy Seed Recipes
Poppy seeds are a popular ingredient in many Eastern European recipes. Here are some of the most popular poppy seed recipes.
Slovenian Easter Bread Recipe - Velikonocni...
Slovenian Easter bread or velikonocni kruhki is a slightly sweet yeast-risen dough formed into individual round balls.
Smoked Pork Butt Recipe with Potatoes and Cabbage
Smoked pork butt is a versatile piece of meat that can be cooked with poratoes and cabbage and the leftovers can be turned into many different meals.
Jewish Noodle Kugel Recipe
Jewish kugel is a type of sweet or savory pudding made with noodles.
Hungarian Chicken Paprikash Recipe - Paprikas...
Chicken Paprikash is a classic Hungarian comfort food dish.
Duck or Goose Blood Soup Recipe - Polish...
Duck or goose blood soup, or Polish czarnina or czernina, is a sweet-sour soup made with poultry blood, vinegar and dried fruits.
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