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This Serbian Recipe Known As Prijesnac
This puffy Serbian cheese soufflé recipe is known as prijesnac and is suitable for a vegetarian diet but not a vegan diet.
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.
Zucchini-Oatmeal Cake With Cream Cheese Frosting
This surprising combination of uncooked oatmeal and grated zucchini makes for a delightful dessert especially when topped with cream cheese frosting.
Apple Butter Recipe
Apple trees abound in Eastern Europe and the logical thing to make with an abundance of this fruit is apple butter.
Step 1 of the Perfect Pierogi: Basic Pierogi...
This basic pierogi dough recipe is a simple combination of flour, eggs, water and salt.
How to Make Polish Dill Pickles
This easy recipe for Polish dill pickles is known as ogorki kiszone.
The Perfect Beef Roast: Tender Boneless Top...
This recipe for Perfect Sunday Beef Roast uses a top sirloin cut of beef.
12 Traditional Romanian Recipes
Here are recipes for 12 authentic, traditional Romanian foods.
How to Make Polish Borscht: Easy Beet Barszcz...
Easy Polish beet barszcz is a sour soup made with beets.
Easy Prep Make-Ahead Polish Smoked Sausage and...
This smoked Polish sausage and sauerkraut recipe makes a great potluck or tailgating dish.
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.
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
When Life Hands You Giant Zucchini, Stuff Them
Stuffed zucchini is a great way to use up overgrown squash. Try it the Eastern European way.50
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.
Pretty Polish Plum Cake Recipe
Plum cake is a favorite Polish dessert. It's quick and easy and uses fresh fruit. It can also be made with apples, nectarines or peaches.
Hungarian Plum Dumplings Recipe - Szilvas Gomboc
Hungarian plum dumplings are made with a mashed potato dough and can be eaten as dessert, a meatless main dish or side dish.
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 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.
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.
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.
How to Make Cevapcici: Casing-Less Serbian...
Cevapcici or cevaps are casing-less sausages favored by Eastern Europeans.
How to Make Hearty Hungarian Goulash
This recipe for Hungarian goulash soup or gulyas leves is hearty enough to be eaten as a main course.
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.
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 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.
Easy Pickled Beet and Onion Salad
This easy recipe for pickled beets and onions is from the Culinary Institute of America.
Beef Stroganoff Originated in 19th-Century...
This recipe for Russian beef stroganoff or govjadina po strogonovski is made with beef tenderloin.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Best Hungarian Street Food: Hungarian Fried...
Langos is Hungarian fried bread sometimes called Hungarian pizza. It is a favorite street and fair food.
Make Peanut-Butter Dog Biscuits Your Furry...
This healthy recipe for dog biscuits is made with only four ingredients.
Ukrainian Meatless Beet Soup Recipe - Borshch
Ukrainian meatless beet soup or borshch has a little tomato paste in it besides cabbage, onions and other vegetables.
How to Make Classic Hungarian Chicken Paprikash
Chicken Paprikash is a classic Hungarian comfort food dish.
A Traditional Polish Kolaczki Cookie Recipe
Polish kolaczki are flaky little pastries, sometimes considered cookies, filled with fruit, cheese, nut or poppyseed pastes.
Queen Bona Sforza of Italian Heritage...
Mizeria is the Polish name for cucumbers in sour cream, a refreshing dish served year-round.
Jewish Noodle Kugel Recipe
Jewish noodle kugel recipes can be sweet or savory. In this easy recipe, sugar and raisins are combined with noodles, eggs, sour cream and cottage cheese.
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.
How to Make Polish Potato Pancakes
This recipe for Polish potato pancakes or placki ziemniaczane is from Gwizdaly village.
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.
Pear Butter Recipe
This easy pear butter recipe requires only three ingredients - pears, water and sugar.
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 Kielbasa Sausage
Boiling is one way to cook Polish kielbasa sausage.
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.
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.
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.
Traditional Czech Bread Dumplings Recipe -...
This is a traditional Czech recipe for bread dumplings or houskovy knedlik.
10 Delicious Ways to Use Apples in Cooking
Apples can be found in everything from sweet to savory Eastern European recipes.
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.
How to Make Serbian Stuffed Cabbage
Sarma is the Serbian version of stuffed cabbage.
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.
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.
Creamy Kohlrabi Soup
Kohlrabi soup, made with this cabbage-like vegetable, is beloved by Eastern Europeans, in particular the Hungarians, Polish, and Russians.
10 Eastern European Dessert Recipes That Will...
Eastern Europeans have a charming tradition of offering
QUICK TIP: How to Freeze Leftover Egg Whites
Here is an easy way to freeze leftover egg whites.
Traditional Spiced Pumpkin Butter Spread and...
Pumpkin Butter is a favorite of Eastern Europeans both as a spread and as a component of other dishes.
Fall Foods in Poland
Here are recipes typically eaten in the fall (autumn) in Poland.
Peach Butter Can Be Made In A Slow Cooker,...
This Peach Butter recipe calls for just three simple ingredients - fresh peaches, water and sugar.
Delicious Croatian-Serbian Strudel Dough
Croatian strudel dough is different from filo or puff pastry strudel doughs. It is a flaky dough that bakes up golden brown and light.
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.
How to Make Eastern-European Style Roasted...
Peppers can be roasted by broiling, grilling or oven baking. Page 2.
Polish Plum Butter Recipe - Powidla Sliwkowe
Polish plum butter - powidla sliwkowe - is like fruit butters but the puree isn't strained.
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.
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.
11 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.
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.
Jewish Kasha Varnishkes Recipe - Bowtie Pasta...
This recipe for Jewish kasha varnishkes is a traditional one with just onions mixed in with the bowtie pasta and cooked buckwheat groats.
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.
Romanian Stuffed Cabbage Recipe - Sarmale
This recipe for Romanian stuffed cabbage or sarmale is made with pork, sauerkraut and tomatoes.
Polish Apple Cake Recipe - Placek z Jabłka
This is just one version of hundreds of recipes for Polish apple cake.
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.
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.
Hot or Cold Creamed Beet Sour Soup (Barszcz...
This recipe for Polish creamed beet barszcz is thickened with sour cream and is delicious cold or warm.
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.
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.
Eastern European Recipes That Come Together in...
These Eastern European recipes only take 15 minutes to prepare.
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.
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).
QUICK TIP: Easy Way to Separate Leaves for...
Freeze whole cabbage heads instead of boiling them to remove the leaves for stuffed cabbage.
How to Make Jewish Cheese Blintzes
These Jewish cheese blintzes are made with a sweetened filling.
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.
Authentic Bulgarian Salad Calls For Fresh...
Bulgarian shopska salata is a refreshing salad of tomatoes, peppers, onion and parsley in a vinaigrette dressing.
Cure Your Hangover with Czech Garlic Soup
This Czech garlic soup recipe or cesnecka is said to be the number one hangover cure.
5-Ingredient Sour Cream Pierogi Dough Recipe
This pierogi dough uses sour cream as one of its ingredients.
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.
How to Make Chef Gale Gand's Authentic...
This recipe for Hungarian chicken paprikash uses no green or red peppers and is served over rice.
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 Recipes for Teachers and...
These easy Eastern European recipes are ideal for teachers who want their students to explore cultural diversity through food.
10 Traditional Russian Soup Recipes - Retsepty...
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.
Shake Things Up With This Pomegranate...
This pomegranate vinaigrette recipe combines pomegranate juice, honey and oil for a tasty salad topper.
Three-Ingredient Polish Haluski Is Made With...
This traditional Polish noodles and cabbage dish known as haluski is easy to make and can be a side or main meal.
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.
QUICK TIP: How to Keep Potatoes From Turning Dark
Use this tip to keep your grated potatoes from turning dark.
Quick and Easy Pear Coffee Cake with Streusel...
This pear streusel coffee cake recipe is from Gale Gand and it's easy to make. The use of pears instead of apples makes this recipe unique.
Polish Cheesecakes Are Made With Curd Cheese
This recipe for traditional Polish cheesecake or sernik has a sweet pastry crust.
This is Not Your Grandmother's Sernik: Polish...
Among the standard desserts in Poland is cheesecake, also known as sernik or serowiec.
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.
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.
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.
15 Juicy Tomato Recipes
Eastern Europeans love tomatoes. From the Hungarians, Poles, Lithuanians and Ukrainians in the north to the Czech and Slovak republics to the southern Balkan countries of Serbia, Croatia, Romania, and Bulgaria, tomatoes show up in many dishes.
Blood Sausage Recipe - Polish Kiszka
Polish blood sausage or kiszka is made with pig's blood, seasonings and, usually, barley.
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.
Polish Cabbage and Sauerkraut Soup Recipe -...
This recipe for Polish kapusniak is made with fresh cabbage, sauerkraut and vegetables in a beefy-tomato broth.
The Perfect Gingerbread House "Glue:" Royal...
Royal icing is the mortar that holds a gingerbread house together.
Grilled Lemon Chicken for Busy Families
This easy grilled lemon chicken recipe is ideal for weeknight dinners when time is short.
Polish Pickle Soup with Sour Cream and Dill
This recipe for Polish pickle soup or zupa ogorkowa is from the women of Gwizdaly village.
Croatian Plum Dumplings - Knedle s Sljivama
Croatian plum dumplings, known as knedle s sljivama, are made with a mashed potato dough and are coated with buttered bread crumbs and sugar.
How to Make Hungarian Stuffed Peppers - Toltott...
Follow these step-by-step photo instructions for making Hungarian stuffed peppers.
14 Delightful Serbian Desserts
Here are recipes for popular Serbian dessert recipes.
Croquembouche Recipe - Cream Puff Tree
The French dessert tower made of cream puffs stuck together with caramel is known as a croquembouche and has become popular in Eastern Europe.
Klara's Stuffed Cabbage Recipe - Croatian Sarma
This recipe for Croatian stuffed cabbage or sarma is from Klara Cvitanovich of Metairie, La.
This Spiced Plum Jam Recipe Has Lower Sugar Load
This spiced plum jam recipe requires no canning and is made with only 1 1/2 cups sugar.
Caviar - An Egg-cellent Adventure
Caviar is a favorite appetizer of Eastern Europeans. Learn the different types of caviar and what to look for.
How to Make Cheese Burek
Step-by-step instructions for making Croatian-Serbian cheese burek.
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.
Homemade Russian Pelmeni Pork and Beef Dumplings
This recipe for Russian little meat dumplings is known as peljmeni or pelmeni in Russia.
You Should Try Russian-Ukrainian Solyanka Soup
Solyanka Soup is popular in Russia and Ukraine, and is a combination of sausage, cured meats, rich broth, olives, capers and more.
Fruit Butter Facts and Recipes
Fruit butters let the real taste of the fruit shine through because they use less sugar and no pectin.
Polish Mashed Potato Dumplings in Polonaise...
This recipe for Polish potato dumplingsor kopytka is made with cooked mashed potatoes.
Try Lithuanian Potato Meat Dumplings in Bacon...
Potato-meat dumplings known as zeppelins or cepelinai are a traditional Lithuanian dish.
This Easy Blueberry Muffin Recipe Bursts With...
This easy blueberry muffin recipe can be made with fresh or frozen berries.
Jewish Beef Brisket Recipe
Jewish beef brisket is cooked for hours and produces a fork-tender meal.
Great for Summer: Hungarian Cream Of Green Bean...
This Hungarian recipe for creamed green bean soup can be served hot or cold.
Better Than Chicken Fingers: Polish Breaded...
Pork is a favorite meat for Poles and this breaded fried pork cutlet dish is very popular.
Gluten-Free Pierogi Recipe
This gluten-free pierogi recipe is perfect for those who love Polish dumplings but can't tolerate gluten.
Easy and Budget-Friendly Beef Cube Steak Recipe
This easy beef cube steak recipe is fast and budget-friendly.
Polish Drop Potato Dumplings Recipe -...
This recipe for Polish Drop Potato Dumplings - Kartoflane Kluski - is made with raw potatoes, not mashed potatoes.
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.
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.
Serbian Coleslaw Recipe
Serbian coleslaw is made with vinegar and oil instead of sour cream or mayonnaise.
Polish Christmas Traditions
Polish Christmas Eve - Wigilia - and Christmas Day are two of the holiest days of the year to Roman Catholics along with Easter.
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.
Eastern European Rosh Hashanah Recipes
These Ashkenazi or Eastern European Jewish recipes are suitable for the celebration of Rosh Hashanah.
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.
QUICK TIP: How to Freeze Leftover Egg Yolks
Here is how to freeze leftover egg yolks.
Beyond Jack-O-Lanterns -- 13 Pumpkin Recipes...
The seeds of pumpkins, a native American fruit, made their way back to Europe with early settlers and, today, are enjoyed in many dishes throughout Eastern Europe.
Gingerbread House Dough Recipe
This gingerbread house dough recipe, while edible, is not meant to be eaten. It is firm and sturdy enough to support decorations.
1-Pot Hungarian Beef Goulash
Hungarian Beef Goulash is another delicious one-pot offering with the trinity of onions, tomatoes, green peppers and, of course, paprika.
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.
Delicious Croatian-Serbian Sweet Cheese...
Palachinke are Croatian and Serbian crepe-like pancakes filled and rolled with sweet or savory fillings like blintzes.
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.
Country-Style Ribs and Sauerkraut - Polish...
This recipe for Polish country-style pork ribs and sauerkraut, known as Zeberka Wieprzowe w Kapuscie, is an economical but delicious meal.
Romanian Cornmeal Porridge Recipe - Mamaliga
This Romanian cornmeal porridge or mamliga recipe is similar to Italian polenta.
Dragon Fruit Sorbet Recipe
This recipe for dragon fruit sorbet is magenta-colored and delicious.
Crab-Stuffed Salmon Pinwheels Recipe - Polish...
This recipe for Polish crab-stuffed salmon pinwheels is known as zrazy losos i krab.
Tomato Butter Recipe
Tomato Butter is a great way to use an overabundance of tomatoes. Even unripe, or green, tomatoes work.
Polish Horseradish with Beets Recipe -...
Poles love horseradish. The addition of beets, gives color and sweetness to the condiment.
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 Sorrel Soup Recipe - Zupa Szczawiowa
This Polish recipe for sorrel soup is popular in the springtime when sorrel is at its most tender.
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