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How to Make Easter Bread the Ukrainian Way
Ukrainian Easter bread or paska is a richer version of plain white bread that is often decorated with religious symbols made of dough.
How to Make Traditional Polish Stuffed Cabbage
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.
Indulge in These 8 Popular Polish Easter Desserts
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.
10 Traditional Recipes for a Polish Easter Dinner
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.
An Easier, Healthier Polish Babka for Easter
Babka is a slightly sweet Polish bread with raisins traditionally served for Easter.
How This 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.
How to Make a Traditional Easter Lamb Cake
This Easter lamb cake recipe is made in a cast-iron mold.
Polish Babka Wielkanocna: A Surprisingly Simple...
This traditional Polish Easter Babka recipe is a sweet, yeast-risen bread with raisins and candied citrus rind.
How to Make Russian Easter Bread
Russian Easter bread or kulich is a sweet, yeast-risen bread with raisins, almonds and candied orange peel.
Make Delicious Kremowka Papieska: Polish Papal...
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.
A Traditional Polish Kołaczki Cookie Recipe
Polish kolaczki are flaky little pastries, sometimes considered cookies, filled with fruit, cheese, nut or poppyseed pastes.
Make Your Pączki at Home with this...
Paczki or Polish doughnuts are eaten on Fat Thursday in Poland and Fat Tuesday in the United States.
Celebrate Easter with this Slovak Easter Bread...
This recipe for Slovak Easter bread or paska is an eggy, yeast-raised round bread.
12 Traditional Romanian Recipes
Here are recipes for 12 authentic, traditional Romanian foods.
Step 1 of the Perfect Pierogi: Basic Pierogi...
This basic pierogi dough recipe is a simple combination of flour, eggs, water and salt.
Ukrainian Babka Recipe
Babka and Paska are two of the favorite breads served for Easter in Ukraine.
Impress Your Guests with Ornate Polish Pisanki...
To make Polish pisanki Easter eggs, Theresa Child starts with large hard-cooked and cooled eggs, and 100% pure beeswax.
15 Polish Sausages You Will Love
Learn more about a variety of polish sausages from this curated list, including links to recipes and vendors selling different kinds of kielbasa.
This Traditional Slavic Easter Cheese Is Made...
This recipe for Slovak egg cheese is typically made for Easter and goes by various names including hrudka, sirok, cirak and other spellings.
Was Your Easter Basket Blessed this Year?
A tradition among many Eastern Europeans is that of having an Easter basket of food blessed on Holy Saturday.
How to Make a Molded Cheese Dessert for Easter
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.
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.
14 Tasty Eastern European Bread Recipes for...
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.
Polish Drop Potato Dumplings Recipe -...
This recipe for Polish Drop Potato Dumplings - Kartoflane Kluski - is made with raw potatoes, not mashed potatoes.
How to Make Polish Kielbasa Sausage
Polish sausage or kielbasa is a garlic-flavored pork sausage that can be boiled, boiled and browned or smoked.
Love Polish Sausage? You Have to Try This White...
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.
How to Make Homemade Polish Keilbasa
Polish sausage (kielbasa) is a pork sausage flavored with garlic, marjoram and black pepper that can be smoked or unsmoked (fresh).
Not Into Raw? Try This Charbroiled Oyster Recipe.
This recipe for charbroiled oysters was developed by Tommy Cvitanovich of Drago's Restaurant in New Orleans and Metairie, La.
10 Easter Bread Recipes from Around the World
This is a collection of Easter bread recipes from around the world.
12 Best Hungarian Desserts
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.
How to Make Homemade Pierogi: It's Easier than...
Once you've selected the dough and filling you want for your pierogi, follow these steps for rolling, cutting, folding and cooking.
Easy Prep Make-Ahead Polish Smoked Sausage and...
This smoked Polish sausage and sauerkraut recipe makes a great potluck or tailgating dish.
Polish Cheesecakes Are Made With Curd Cheese
This recipe for traditional Polish cheesecake or sernik has a sweet pastry crust.
How to Make a Polish Poppy Seed Roll
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.
Eastern European Chocolate Dessert Recipes
Eastern Europeans love chocolate as evidenced by these recipes for decadent chocolate desserts.
Easter Is the Most Revered Holiday in Lithuania
Here is a description of how Lithuanians celebrate Easter.
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.
How to Make Your Own Dry Curd or Farmer's Cheese
Here is a recipe and step-by-step instructions for making farmer's cheese, also known as dry curd cheese, at home.
How to Make Naleśniki: Sweet or Savory...
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.
Three-Ingredient Polish Hąluski Is Made...
This traditional Polish noodles and cabbage dish known as haluski is easy to make and can be a side or main meal.
How to Make Slovak Easter Paska Bread Peeps
Here are the ingredients needed to make Slovak Easter paska bread peeps.
This is Not Your Grandmother's Sernik: Polish...
Among the standard desserts in Poland is cheesecake, also known as sernik or serowiec.
The Best Hungarian Street Food: Hungarian Fried...
Langos is Hungarian fried bread sometimes called Hungarian pizza. It is a favorite street and fair food.
Try Chef Marek Widomski's Recipe for Ryemeal...
This dish, called Zurek, includes sausage. The recipe is from chef Marek Widomski of the Culinary Institute in Cracow, Poland.
Make Peanut-Butter Dog Biscuits Your Furry...
This healthy recipe for dog biscuits is made with only four ingredients.
These Are Some of the Best Places to Buy Polish...
Here is a list, by no means comprehensive, of Polish delis, import stores and online grocers where one can purchase Polish foods.
16 Polish Christmas Cookies Recipes
Weeks before Christmas, my family would get out the cookie tins and start baking traditional Polish cookies or ciasteczka na swieta for the holidays.
How to Make Polish Stuffed Cabbage Rolls: An...
A step by step recipe for making cabbage rolls, also known as golabki, holubki and sarma.
Polish Horseradish with Beets Recipe -...
Poles love horseradish. The addition of beets, gives color and sweetness to the condiment.
It's the National Dish of Poland: How to Make...
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.
How to Make Polish Borscht: Easy Beet Barszcz...
Easy Polish beet barszcz is a sour soup made with beets.
Traditional Czech Bread Dumplings Recipe -...
This is a traditional Czech recipe for bread dumplings or houskovy knedlik.
Easy Pastry Cream Recipe
This easy pastry cream recipe can be used to fill napoleons, eclairs, cream puffs and other pastries.
23 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.
How to Make Creamy Polish Dill Pickle Soup
Polish dill pickle soup is common in Eastern Europe where pickling is a favorite way to preserve fruits, vegetables, meats and eggs.
The Perfect Beef Roast: Tender Boneless Top...
This recipe for Perfect Sunday Beef Roast uses a top sirloin cut of beef.
The Perfect Gingerbread House "Glue:" Royal...
Royal icing is the mortar that holds a gingerbread house together.
Eastern European Babka Recipes
This comprehensive list of Eastern European babka recipes features Polish, Jewish and Ukrainian babkas.
10 Eastern European Dessert Recipes That Will...
Eastern Europeans have a charming tradition of offering
15 Polish Dessert Favorites
Desserts vary from region to region in Poland, but this list of favorite Polish dessert recipes seem to be universal throughout the country.
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.
A Paczki's Best Friend: The Best Polish Cruller...
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.
How to Make Cevapcici: Casing-Less Serbian...
Cevapcici or cevaps are casing-less sausages favored by Eastern Europeans.
Skip the Food Processor: Easy Polish Potato...
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.
Do You Know the Different Types of Squash? Find...
Squash is considered a fruit and can be divided into summer squash and winter squash varieties
The Easiest 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.
How to Make Slovak Stuffed Cabbage
This recipe for Slovak stuffed cabbage, also known as holubky or halupki, is made with ground beef and pork, sauerkraut, paprika and tomato sauce.
These Pancakes Sport a Tangy Creamy Flavor From...
These lemon pancakes get an Eastern European twist from the addition of farmer's cheese.
The Easy Way to Prep Pork Butt with Potatoes...
Smoked pork butt is a versatile piece of meat that can be cooked with potatoes and cabbage and the leftovers can be turned into many different meals.
Foods That Are OK to Eat for Serbian Orthodox...
This is a list of foods that are OK to eat for Serbian Orthodox Lent when meat, poultry, eggs and dairy products are not consumed.
How to Make Serbian Stuffed Cabbage
Sarma is the Serbian version of stuffed cabbage.
How to Make Hearty Hungarian Goulash Soup
This recipe for Hungarian goulash soup or gulyas leves is hearty enough to be eaten as a main course.
12 Surprisingly Different Eastern European...
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.
5-Ingredient Sour Cream Pierogi Dough Recipe
This pierogi dough uses sour cream as one of its ingredients.
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.
10 Traditional Soup Recipes Russians Love
In Russia, soup isn't considered a starter, although it is usually followed by a main course. Soup is so important to the cuisine and often so hearty, it is frequently featured on its own with crusty bread.
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.
For Bulgarians Easter Is The Holiest Day of the...
Here is a description of how Bulgarians celebrate Easter.
How to Make Polish Potato Pancakes
This recipe for Polish potato pancakes or placki ziemniaczane is from Gwizdaly village.
This Polish Babka Recipe Is Made With Sweetened...
Polish cheese babka or babka serowa is made with a sweet yeast-raised dough and a sweet farmer's cheese filling.
Romanian Stuffed Cabbage Is Known As Sarmale
This recipe for Romanian stuffed cabbage or sarmale is made with pork, sauerkraut and tomatoes.
Follow This Tip for An End to Gray Grated...
Use this tip to keep your grated potatoes from turning dark.
14 Delightful Serbian Desserts
Here are recipes for popular Serbian dessert recipes.
This Authentic Recipe For Potato-Cheese Pierogi...
This recipe for potato-cheese pierogi or pierogi ruskie is from chef Marek Widomski of the Culinary Institute in Cracow, Poland.
How Croatians Celebrate Easter
Here is a description of how Croatians celebrate Easter.
Decadent Pound Cake Made with Cream Cheese
The cream cheese in this buttery pound cake makes it a winner on its own or dressed up with strawberries and whipped cream.
Blood Sausage Recipe - Polish Kiszka
Polish blood sausage or kiszka is made with pig's blood, seasonings and, usually, barley.
QUICK TIP: How to Freeze Leftover Egg Whites
Here is an easy way to freeze leftover egg whites.
Beef Stroganoff Originated in 19th-Century...
This recipe for Russian beef stroganoff or govjadina po strogonovski is made with beef tenderloin.
How to Make Classic Hungarian Chicken Paprikash
Chicken Paprikash is a classic Hungarian comfort food dish.
Warm Up With Polish Hunter's Stew
Step-by-step instructions for making bigos, considered to be the national dish of Poland. This long-simmered meat and sauerkraut stew is perfect year-round.
Polish Stuffed Eggs Recipe - Jajka Faszerowany
Polish stuffed eggs, or jajka faszerowany, are also known as deviled eggs.
Easter Lamb Cake Recipe
Lamb cakes are wildly popular in Eastern Europe for Easter. My grandmothers brought that tradition to the States, but it wasn't until my mother and aunt
How to Make Serbian Vegetarian "Caviar"
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.
Authentic Croatian Bajadera Torte Recipe
This recipe for bajadera torte comes directly from Osijek, Croatia.
Stuffed Cabbage: How to Prepare the Traditional...
This Jewish stuffed cabbage recipe or holishkes is a traditional dish for Sukkot, the harvest festival in autumn.
Palm Sunday in a Country With No Palms
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Pork Belly is Making a Comeback: Learn How to...
This recipe for braised pork belly is from chef Donald Link of Cochon Restaurant in New Orleans, La.
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.
Serbian Meringue Slices Recipe - Sampita
This recipe for Serbian meringue slices or sampita is similar to custard slices or krem pita, except the thin dough layers are filled with sweetened egg whites.
How to Make Hungarian Cabbage and Noodles Soup...
Cabbage with noodles is a popular dish throughout Eastern Europe. In Hungarian, it's known as kaposztas teszta.
Pagach Bread Recipe - Slovak / Ukrainian Pagach
Slovak / Ukrainian pagach is a bread stuffed with mashed potatoes or cabbage and served at meatless meals, like Advent, Lent and for the Christmas Eve supper known as Velija.
babka
: Polish, literally, for "grandmother." In this context refers to a slightly sweet bread dotted with
QUICK TIP: Easy Way to Separate Leaves for...
Freeze whole cabbage heads instead of boiling them to remove the leaves for stuffed cabbage.
Seven Layers of Heaven: A Hungarian Dobosh...
This Hungarian Dobosh Torte recipe sports seven layers filled with chocolate buttercream and topped with a caramel layer.
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.
How to Make Traditional Hungarian Stuffed Peppers
This recipe for Hungarian stuffed peppers or toltott paprika is made with paprika and tomato sauce, two common ingredients in Hungarian cooking. What makes them Eastern European is the ever-present garnish of sour cream.
Traditional Vegetarian Russian Cabbage Soup...
Fresh cabbage soup or shchi is one of the national dishes of Russia. It can also be made with sauerkraut or a combination of fresh and brined cabbage.
Easy Nut Roll Recipe
This easy Croatian nut roll recipe has sour cream in the yeast dough.
Sweet Cheese Pierogi Filling Recipe
Sweet cheese filling using farmer's cheese is a favorite with pierogi eaters.
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.
11 Traditional Dry Curd Cheese Polish...
Here are top Polish-style cheesecake recipes.
QUICK TIP: How to Freeze Leftover Egg Yolks
Here is how to freeze leftover egg yolks.
Bulgarian Easter Bread Recipe - Kozunak
This Bulgarian Easter bread recipe, known as kozunak, is a slightly sweet yeast-raised bread with raisins.
How to Make Homemade Hungarian Sausage (Hazi...
This recipe for homemade Hungarian sausage or hazi kolbasz is made with pork shoulder, garlic, salt, pepper and paprika.
Hungarian Stuffed Cabbage Recipe - Toltott...
This recipe for Hungarian stuffed cabbage or toltott kaposzta is made with ground pork, beef and sliced smoked pork butt for flavor.
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.
10 Delicious Reasons to Try Hungarian Food
Does anyone really need a reason to try Hungarian food? Well, if convincing is what you're after, consider this. Hungarian cuisine has been influenced by the French, Germans, Italians and Turks, not to mention the Polish, Slavs and Asians. The result is a rich blend of one-pot meals cooked for hours over open fires and pastries that would put Vienna to shame. Take your palate on a magic carpet ride with these 10 recipes from Hungary.
Kolaczki Cookie Recipes
Here are several recipes for kolaczki, kolachky, kolacky, kolace. However you spell them, they mean flaky, delicious, Eastern European filled cookies or pastries.
Eastern Europeans Have Similar Easter Traditions
Here is how Eastern Europeans celebrate Easter.
Buttermilk Is What Gives the Tang of a Sour...
This moist, easy Polish rye bread recipe uses buttermilk instead of a sour to create the tang associated with rye breads.
Homemade Czech Braided Egg Bread with Raisins...
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.
Easter Treat Recipes to Make with the Kids
This Easter lamb cake recipe can be made with a homemade pound cake recipe or box mix.
The 10 Countries in Eastern Europe
Through war and politics, Eastern European borders have fluctuated for years. It's trickier than one might think to name the countries considered to be part of this region of Europe.
Try Lithuanian Potato Meat Dumplings in Bacon...
Potato-meat dumplings known as zeppelins or cepelinai are a traditional Lithuanian dish.
How to Make Bee Sting Cake: No Bees, Just Honey
bee sting cake or bienenstich is a favorite in many German-speaking countries and one which Hungarians adopted.
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.
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 Horseradish Recipe - Chrzan
Poles love horseradish. It is used as a condiment with kielbasa, ham, beef, just about anything.
Czech Stuffed Cabbage That Will Make Your Mouth...
This recipe for Czech stuffed cabbages or holubky uses ground beef and pork, rice, tomato juice and paprika.
Jewish Chocolate Babka Loaf with Streusel Topping
This recipe for Jewish chocolate babka is baked in a loaf pan instead of the swirled tube pan that Poles bake theirs in.
Queen Bona Sforza of Italian Heritage...
Mizeria is the Polish name for cucumbers in sour cream, a refreshing dish served year-round.
How to Make Burek sa Sirom: Filo Dough Cheese Pie
Burek sa sirom is a Croatian-Serbian cheese pie made with flaky filo dough. This recipe goes great with a glass of cold kefir.
How to Make Jewish Potato Knishes: A Single-Ser...
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.
Polish Cabbage and Sauerkraut Soup Recipe -...
This recipe for Polish kapusniak is made with fresh cabbage, sauerkraut and vegetables in a beefy-tomato broth.
Gluten-Free Pierogi Recipe
This gluten-free pierogi recipe is perfect for those who love Polish dumplings but can't tolerate gluten.
Step-by-Step Instructions for Making Lithuanian...
Lithuanian cepelinai or zeppelin dumplings, so-called beause of their ovoid shape, are one of the national dishes of Lithuania. They are most often served in meat and cheese varieties.
Fresh Salmon Patties the Whole Family Will Love
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.
Polish Carpathian Mountain Cream Cake Recipe -...
This Polish Carpathian Mountain cream cake recipe is known as karpatka. It's a peasant version of the more refined kremówka, which is made with puff pastry.
How to Make Polish Ham Hocks with Beer Honey...
Polish pork hocks, also known as ham hocks, are called golonka in Poland, and considered a national dish.
Delicious Croatian-Serbian Sweet Cheese...
Palachinke are Croatian and Serbian crepe-like pancakes filled and rolled with sweet or savory fillings like blintzes.
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.
Shake Things Up With This Pomegranate...
This pomegranate vinaigrette recipe combines pomegranate juice, honey and oil for a tasty salad topper.
Klara's Stuffed Cabbage Recipe - Croatian Sarma
This recipe for Croatian stuffed cabbage or sarma is from Klara Cvitanovich of Metairie, La.
Best Places to Buy Eastern European Food and...
Here is a list, by no means comprehensive, of Serbian, Croatian, Bulgarian, Macedonian, Romanian, Hungarian, Lithuanian, Ukrainian delis, import stores and online grocers.
Cheese Babka Recipe #2
Jewish cheese babka is made in a loaf pan instead of the fluted pan Poles use.
Traditional Braided Polish Chalka Bread Is Rich...
This Polish egg twist bread recipe or chalka often features raisins.
How You Can Make a Polish Open-Faced Sandwich
Polish zapiekanka or open-face sandwiches are popular street food fare in the bigger cities of Poland.
This Polish Rye Bread Is Made with a Sourdough...
A rye sour adds tang to this Polish rye bread recipe.
Apricot-Baked Chicken for Passover Recipe
Apricot-baked chicken for Passover recipe.

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