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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 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Not Into Raw? Try This Authentic Drago's...
This authentic recipe for charbroiled oysters was developed by Tommy Cvitanovich of Drago's Restaurant in New Orleans and Metairie, La.
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
How to Make Polish Stuffed Cabbage Rolls: An...
A step by step recipe for making cabbage rolls, also known as golabki, holubki and sarma.
How to Make Polish Dill Pickles
This easy recipe for Polish dill pickles is known as ogorki kiszone.
How to Make Authentic Romanian Food
Here are recipes for 12 authentic, traditional Romanian foods.
How to Make Cevapcici: Casing-Less Serbian...
Cevapcici or cevaps are casing-less sausages favored by Eastern Europeans.
The Best Hungarian Street Food: Hungarian Fried...
Langos is Hungarian fried bread sometimes called Hungarian pizza. It is a favorite street and fair food.
A Traditional Polish Kołaczki Cookie Recipe
Polish kolaczki are flaky little pastries, sometimes considered cookies, filled with fruit, cheese, nut or poppyseed pastes.
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 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 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.
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.
Make Peanut-Butter Dog Biscuits Your Furry...
This healthy recipe for dog biscuits is made with only four ingredients.
How to Make Basic Pierogi Dough for Polish...
This basic pierogi dough recipe is a simple combination of flour, eggs, water and salt.
How to Make Hungarian Stuffed Peppers - Toltott...
Follow these step-by-step photo instructions for making Hungarian stuffed peppers.
Traditional Czech Bread Dumplings Recipe -...
This is a traditional Czech recipe for bread dumplings or houskovy knedlik.
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 Eastern-European Style Roasted...
These photos will show you how to make roasted peppers with garlic, oil and vinegar.
10 Eastern European Dessert Recipes That Will...
Eastern Europeans have a charming tradition of offering
Easy Way to Fill a Pastry Bag
Step-by-step instructions with pictures showing how to fill a pastry bag with icing.
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.
Authentic Bulgarian Salad Calls For Fresh...
Bulgarian shopska salata is a refreshing salad of tomatoes, peppers, onion and parsley in a vinaigrette dressing.
How to Make Polish Borscht: Easy Beet Barszcz...
Easy Polish beet barszcz is a sour soup made with beets.
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.
Easy Strawberry Jam Can Be Used on Breads and...
This easy strawberry jam recipe can be processed in a water bath, if desired, or stored in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.
QUICK TIP: How to Freeze Leftover Egg Yolks
Here is how to freeze leftover egg yolks.
Kohlrabi Soup Is a Traditional Hungarian Offering
Kohlrabi soup, made with this cabbage-like vegetable, is beloved by Eastern Europeans, in particular the Hungarians, Polish, and Russians.
Easy Pickled Beet and Onion Salad
This easy recipe for pickled beets and onions is from the Culinary Institute of America.
Ukrainian Beet Leaf Rolls with Bread Dough...
Ukrainian beet leaf rolls with bread dough filling is just another take on stuffed cabbage known as holuptsi. But here, instead of cabbage and meat filling, beet leaves are filled with bread dough.
Lemon Glaze Is a Perfect Topper for Many Desserts
This recipe for easy lemon glaze is made with only three ingredients.
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.
Eastern Europe's Lakes, Rivers and Seas Provide...
Carp is one of Eastern Europe's most prized freshwater fish and it ends up in a myriad of recipes.
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.
Learn How to Make Pork Belly in Your Home Kitchen
This recipe for braised pork belly is from chef Donald Link of Cochon Restaurant in New Orleans, La.
Blueberries, Fresh Or Frozen, Are Perfect For...
This blueberry cake bars recipe is simple to make in a 13x9-inch pan.
Don't Throw Away Leftover Egg Whites - Freeze...
Here is an easy way to freeze leftover egg whites.
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.
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 Lazy Pierogi
Lazy pierogi got their name because these dumplings don't need to be rolled or filled.
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.
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.
14 Delightful Serbian Desserts
Here are recipes for popular Serbian dessert recipes.
Top 10 Kitchen Tools
For Julie Andrews, it was "raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens." For me, these are a few of my
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.
Follow This Tip for An End to Gray Grated...
Use this tip to keep your grated potatoes from turning dark.
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.
Mixed Berry Dessert Sauce That You Will Love
This mixed berry dessert sauce recipe can be used on blintzes, pound cakes, ice cream and more.
15 Polish Dessert Recipes You Will Die For
Desserts vary from region to region in Poland, but this list of favorite Polish dessert recipes seems to be universal throughout the country.
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.
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 Traditional Hungarian Nokedli...
Here are step-by-step photo instructions for making Hungarian nokedli dumplings.
Sour Cherry Soup Recipe - Hungarian Meggy Leves
This recipe for Hungarian cherry soup is served cold and made with tart Morello or Montmorency cherries.
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).
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.
How to Make No-Pan Crumbled Cake Pops
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.
Lithuanian Cold Beet Soup Recipe - Saltibarsciai
This recipe for cold Lithuanian beet soup or saltibarsciai is made with buttermilk, sour cream, hard-cooked eggs, cucumbers and dill.
15 Eastern European Beet Recipes You Will Love
Beets are an important part of Eastern European cuisine. They're enjoyed in everything from salads to soups to side dishes. The beauty of this versatile root vegetable is every recipe usually can be enjoyed hot or cold!
Blood Sausage Is An Example of Nose-to-Tail...
Polish blood sausage or kiszka is made with pig's blood, seasonings and, usually, barley.
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.
6 Fresh-Fruit Jam Recipes With a Lower Sugar Load
When you have an abundance of fresh fruit, turn it into an easy, low added-sugar jam that requires no canning.
Hungarian Sour Cherry Cake Recipe - Meggyes...
This Hungarian sour cherry cake recipe or meggyes lepeny is a simple dessert featuring sour cherries.
11 Traditional Dry Curd Cheese Polish...
Here are top Polish-style cheesecake recipes.
Hungarian Dumplings Stuffed with Plums
Hungarian plum dumplings are made with a mashed potato dough and can be eaten as dessert, a meatless main dish or side dish.
How to Make Polish Potato Pancakes
This recipe for Polish potato pancakes or placki ziemniaczane is from Gwizdaly village.
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.
Serbian Pljeskavica Hamburgers
Pljeskavica are juicy Serbian hamburgers made with pork, lamb and beef. They are popular in one form or another throughout the Balkans.
This is Not Your Grandmother's Sernik: Polish...
Among the standard desserts in Poland is cheesecake, also known as sernik or serowiec.
Polish Sorrel Soup Recipe - Zupa Szczawiowa
This Polish recipe for sorrel soup is popular in the springtime when sorrel is at its most tender.
How to Make Serbian Stuffed Cabbage
Sarma is the Serbian version of stuffed cabbage.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Kajmak Is a Fresh Balkan Cheese Often Made at...
Kajmak or kaymak is a Serbian/Croatian/Macedonian unripened (not aged) cheese similar to clotted cream still made in many kitchens today. It is usually served with bread as an appetizer.
Romanian Stuffed Cabbage Is Known As Sarmale
This recipe for Romanian stuffed cabbage or sarmale is made with pork, sauerkraut and tomatoes.
Beef Stroganoff Originated in 19th-Century...
This recipe for Russian beef stroganoff or govjadina po strogonovski is made with beef tenderloin.
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.
Easy Pastry Cream Recipe
This easy pastry cream recipe can be used to fill napoleons, eclairs, cream puffs and other pastries.
Delicious Croatian-Serbian Sweet Cheese...
Palachinke are Croatian and Serbian crepe-like pancakes filled and rolled with sweet or savory fillings like blintzes.
Crab-Stuffed Salmon Pinwheels Recipe - Polish...
This recipe for Polish crab-stuffed salmon pinwheels is known as zrazy losos i krab.
Hungarian Lecso Recipe - Tomato-Pepper Stew...
Hungarian lecso is a vegetable dish of stewed tomatoes, peppers and onions. It can be served as an accompaniment to a meal, an appetizer or the main meal itself, depending on its preparation.
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.
Plain Vanilla is an Oxymoron
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 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.
5-Ingredient Sour Cream Pierogi Dough Recipe
This pierogi dough uses sour cream as one of its ingredients.
All About Blueberries - The Versatile Fruit
Blueberries are a versatile fruit and can be used in recipes for everything from soups to salads to sauces to desserts and more.
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.
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.
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.
Dragon Fruit Sorbet Recipe
This recipe for dragon fruit sorbet is magenta-colored and delicious.
Bake Some Delicious Serbian Lepinje Bread
This recipe for Serbian lepinje is known as lepinje za cevapi because the bread is traditionally served with cevapcici sausages tucked inside.
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.
Hungarian Summer Dill Pickles Recipe
These pickles are fermented by the heat of the sun, so they should be made in summer or warm climates.
Serbian Potato Salad Recipe
Serbians and Croatians prefer potato salad made with oil and vinegar instead of sour cream or a mayonnaise base.
Czechoslovakian Bublanina Dessert Recipe
Bublanina is a simple dessert made with whatever fruit is most plentiful at the time.
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.
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.
Shake Things Up With This Pomegranate...
This pomegranate vinaigrette recipe combines pomegranate juice, honey and oil for a tasty salad topper.
This Is How Independence Day Is Celebrated in...
Independence Day is celebrated on many days and in many ways in Eastern Europe.
How to Make Jewish Meat Knishes
These step-by-step instructions show how to make Jewish meat knishes.
Hungarian Cheese-Stuffed Wax Peppers Recipe -...
This recipe for Hungrian cheese-stuffed wax peppers or sajtos toltott paprika is a perfect meatless main course or side dish.
Apple Cake Is a Traditional Polish Dessert
This is just one version of hundreds of recipes for Polish apple cake.
How to Make Balkan 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.
17 Cold Soup Recipes to Help You Beat the Heat
Cold soups range from savory to sweet and can be either uncooked or cooked. In either case, they're refreshing on a hot day.
See How Chopin Vodka Is Made in Krzesk Poland
This is a virtual tour of Poland's Chopin Vodka Distillery in Krzesk, Poland, and a description of how Chopin potato vodka is made.
Fig Jam Recipe
Eastern Europeans love figs in every conceivable form, including jam. Some of the world's best figs grow
Potatoes, Cabbage and Bacon Make a Comforting...
This recipe for Polish cabbage, potato and bacon casserole or zapiekanka z kapusta, ziemniak i boczek is comfort food par excellence.
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.
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.
Try Lithuanian Potato Meat Dumplings in Bacon...
Potato-meat dumplings known as zeppelins or cepelinai are a traditional Lithuanian dish.
17 Strawberry Recipes From Soup to Dessert
Strawberries are beautiful to look at and delicious to eat. What's more, they're good for you! Try these Eastern European strawberry recipes.
Croatian-Style Stuffed Cabbage or Sarma Is a...
This recipe for traditional Croatian stuffed cabbage or sarma is from Klara Cvitanovich, the co-owner of Drago's Restaurant in New Orleans and Metairie, La.
Poppy Seeds Are a Symbol of Luck in Eastern...
Poppy seeds are a popular ingredient in many Eastern European recipes. Here are some of the most popular poppy seed recipes.
Better Than Chicken Fingers: Polish Breaded...
Pork is a favorite meat for Poles and this breaded fried pork cutlet dish is very popular.
The Famous Russian Beetroot Soup Is a Must-Try
This recipe for Russian beetroot soup is known as borshch, not borscht as many believe. It is made with beef, cabbage and beets.
How to Make Maria's Polish Paczki or Doughnuts
These step-by-step instructions show how to make Polish doughnuts known as paczki.
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.
These Romanian Sausages Are Easy To Make...
Romanian mititei sausages have no casings like Serbian cevapcici and can be eaten as an appetizer or main course.
How to Make Cheese Burek
Step-by-step instructions for making Croatian-Serbian cheese burek.
Eastern Europeans Are Wild About Frozen Desserts
Eastern Europeans love, love, love ice cream, sorbet, ice milk, frozen yogurt and other frozen treats. Here are some recipes you will love.
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.
The Perfect Beef Roast: Tender Boneless Top...
This recipe for Perfect Sunday Beef Roast uses a top sirloin cut of beef.
Three-Ingredient Apple Butter Recipe
Apple trees abound in Eastern Europe and the logical thing to make with an abundance of this fruit is apple butter.
Polish Salads Can Be Defined As Raw or Cooked
Polish salads are divided into two kinds -- cooked and raw -- known as sałatka or surówka.
Chef Michael Symon's Pierogi Lasagna Recipe
This recipe for Pierogi Lasagna is from chef Michael Symon and would be perfect for a potluck, carry-in or any party, especially Super Bowl.
How to Make Russian Napoleon Cake with Layered...
This Russian Napoleon Cake recipe is made with up to 16 layers of dough filled with a custard cream and is a national dessert.
Easy and Budget-Friendly Beef Cube Steak Recipe
This easy beef cube steak recipe is fast and budget-friendly.
Hungarian Chocolate Mousse Cake Recipe -...
This recipe for Hungarian Chocolate Mousse Cake - Sutemeny Rigo Jancsi - is made with a chocolate sponge cake, chocolate mousse and chocolate glaze.
Salata de Boeuf or Salat Olivje (Potato Salad...
This authentic recipe for Salata de Boeuf/Salat Olivje or is a traditional Romanian/Russian salad offering.
Strawberries Romanoff Recipe
This recipe for Strawberries Romanoff is a classic Russian-American dessert invented by Michael Romanoff at his namesake restaurant in Beverly Hills, Calif., that is now closed.
15 Easy Cake Recipes That Can Be Whipped Up in...
These easy Eastern European cake recipes come together quickly and use no yeast so there is no rising time.
How to Make Jewish Cheese Blintzes
These Jewish cheese blintzes are made with a sweetened filling.
Polish Meatballs in Sour Cream with Mushrooms...
This recipe for Polish meatballs is served with a rich sour cream-mushroom sauce.
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 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.
Jewish Bow Tie Cookies Recipe - from "Inside...
This recipe for Bow Tie Cookies or Egg Kichel is from
Romanian Cornmeal Porridge Recipe - Mamaliga
This Romanian cornmeal porridge or mamliga recipe is similar to Italian polenta.
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.
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.
Cabbage and Sauerkraut Mingle in This Polish...
This recipe for Polish kapusniak is made with fresh cabbage, sauerkraut and vegetables in a beefy-tomato broth.
Zsolt's Hungarian Dumpling Recipe - Nokedli
Hungarian nokedli dumplings are similar to German spaetzle and are made by passing the dough through a noodle grater into boiling water.
11 No-Oven-Needed Delicious Dessert Recipes
When faced with sweltering temperatures or anytime you don't want to turn on the oven, these no-bake dessert recipes are perfect.

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