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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.
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.
The Perfect Beef Roast: Tender Boneless Top...
This recipe for Perfect Sunday Beef Roast uses a top sirloin cut of beef.
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.
12 Traditional Romanian Recipes
Here are recipes for 12 authentic, traditional Romanian foods.
How to Make Polish Stuffed Cabbage Rolls: An...
A step by step recipe for making cabbage rolls, also known as golabki, holubki and sarma.
A Traditional Polish Kołaczki Cookie Recipe
Polish kolaczki are flaky little pastries, sometimes considered cookies, filled with fruit, cheese, nut or poppyseed pastes.
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
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.
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.
Spiced Pumpkin Butter Is Evocative of Fall
Pumpkin Butter is a favorite of Eastern Europeans both as a spread and as a component of other dishes.
Easy Prep Make-Ahead Polish Smoked Sausage and...
This smoked Polish sausage and sauerkraut recipe makes a great potluck or tailgating dish.
How to Make Serbian Stuffed Cabbage
Sarma is the Serbian version of stuffed cabbage.
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 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.
Make Peanut-Butter Dog Biscuits Your Furry...
This healthy recipe for dog biscuits is made with only four ingredients.
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.
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 Hearty Hungarian Goulash
This recipe for Hungarian goulash soup or gulyas leves is hearty enough to be eaten as a main course.
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 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.
Beef Stroganoff Originated in 19th-Century...
This recipe for Russian beef stroganoff or govjadina po strogonovski is made with beef tenderloin.
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.
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 Eat Like a Ukrainian on Christmas Eve
Here are recipes for Ukrainian Christmas Eve or Holy Supper, which is known as Sviaty Vechir. Learn more about Ukrainian Christmas here.
How to Make Polish Potato Pancakes
This recipe for Polish potato pancakes or placki ziemniaczane is from Gwizdaly village.
Traditional Czech Bread Dumplings Recipe -...
This is a traditional Czech recipe for bread dumplings or houskovy knedlik.
The Perfect Gingerbread House "Glue:" Royal...
Royal icing is the mortar that holds a gingerbread house together.
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.
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 Your Pączki at Home with this...
Paczki or Polish doughnuts are eaten on Fat Thursday in Poland and Fat Tuesday in the United States.
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.
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.
QUICK TIP: How to Freeze Leftover Egg Whites
Here is an easy way to freeze leftover egg whites.
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.
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.
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.
The Best Hungarian Street Food: Hungarian Fried...
Langos is Hungarian fried bread sometimes called Hungarian pizza. It is a favorite street and fair food.
How to Make Classic Hungarian Chicken Paprikash
Chicken Paprikash is a classic Hungarian comfort food dish.
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.
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.
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.
Shake Things Up With This Pomegranate...
This pomegranate vinaigrette recipe combines pomegranate juice, honey and oil for a tasty salad topper.
How to Make Cevapcici: Casing-Less Serbian...
Cevapcici or cevaps are casing-less sausages favored by Eastern Europeans.
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.
How to Make Polish Kielbasa Sausage
Boiling is one way to cook Polish kielbasa sausage.
Sweetened Chestnut Puree Recipe
This recipe for sweetened chestnut puree can be used in many desserts and combined with whipped cream as a filling.
10 Eastern European Dessert Recipes That Will...
Eastern Europeans have a charming tradition of offering
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.
Romanian Stuffed Cabbage Recipe - Sarmale
This recipe for Romanian stuffed cabbage or sarmale is made with pork, sauerkraut and tomatoes.
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.
5-Ingredient Sour Cream Pierogi Dough Recipe
This pierogi dough uses sour cream as one of its ingredients.
QUICK TIP: How to Keep Potatoes From Turning Dark
Use this tip to keep your grated potatoes from turning dark.
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.
Klara's Stuffed Cabbage Recipe - Croatian Sarma
This recipe for Croatian stuffed cabbage or sarma is from Klara Cvitanovich of Metairie, La.
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.
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.
Eastern European Mushroom Recipes
Mushrooms are a favorite of Eastern Europeans and they find their way into everything from soups to stews.
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 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.
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 Pickle Soup with Sour Cream and Dill
This recipe for Polish pickle soup or zupa ogorkowa is from the women of Gwizdaly village.
Apple Cake Is a Traditional Polish Dessert
This is just one version of hundreds of recipes for Polish apple cake.
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.
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.
The History of Gingerbread
The origins of gingerbread are said to date to the ancient Greeks and Egyptians.
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).
Fall Foods in Poland
Here are recipes typically eaten in the fall (autumn) in Poland.
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.
Polish Cheesecakes Are Made With Curd Cheese
This recipe for traditional Polish cheesecake or sernik has a sweet pastry crust.
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.
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.
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 Hungarian Cabbage and Noodles Soup...
Cabbage with noodles is a popular dish throughout Eastern Europe. In Hungarian, it's known as kaposztas teszta.
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.
Polish Drop Potato Dumplings Recipe -...
This recipe for Polish Drop Potato Dumplings - Kartoflane Kluski - is made with raw potatoes, not mashed potatoes.
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.
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.
Queen Bona Sforza of Italian Heritage...
Mizeria is the Polish name for cucumbers in sour cream, a refreshing dish served year-round.
This is Not Your Grandmother's Sernik: Polish...
Among the standard desserts in Poland is cheesecake, also known as sernik or serowiec.
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.
10 Delicious Ways to Cook Apples
Apples can be found in everything from sweet to savory Eastern European recipes.
Creamy Kohlrabi Soup
Kohlrabi soup, made with this cabbage-like vegetable, is beloved by Eastern Europeans, in particular the Hungarians, Polish, and Russians.
Polish Cabbage and Sauerkraut Soup Recipe -...
This recipe for Polish kapusniak is made with fresh cabbage, sauerkraut and vegetables in a beefy-tomato broth.
Easy Pickled Beet and Onion Salad
This easy recipe for pickled beets and onions is from the Culinary Institute of America.
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.
Eastern European Tradition of Upside-Down...
In many parts of Eastern Europe, Christmas trees are hung upside down from the ceiling. Here's why.
Homemade Russian Pelmeni Pork and Beef Dumplings
This recipe for Russian little meat dumplings is known as peljmeni or pelmeni in Russia.
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.
Try Lithuanian Potato Meat Dumplings in Bacon...
Potato-meat dumplings known as zeppelins or cepelinai are a traditional Lithuanian dish.
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 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.
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.
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.
Polish Mashed Potato Dumplings With Polonaise...
This recipe for Polish potato dumplingsor kopytka is made with cooked mashed potatoes.
Pear Butter Recipe
This easy pear butter recipe requires only three ingredients - pears, water and sugar.
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.
Caviar - An Egg-cellent Adventure
Caviar is a favorite appetizer of Eastern Europeans. Learn the different types of caviar and what to look for.
Easy Persimmon Bread Recipe
This easy persimmon bread recipe is made with butter, not oil as other quick breads are.
How to Make Polish Dill Pickles
This easy recipe for Polish dill pickles is known as ogorki kiszone.
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.
14 Delightful Serbian Desserts
Here are recipes for popular Serbian dessert recipes.
Polish Christmas Eve Supper Recipes - Wigilia
For Poles, Christmas Eve is arguably the most important Roman Catholic holiday of the year and wigilia, or Star Supper, is the main focus. An odd number of courses is served -- anywhere from five to 13 -- depending on a family's finances. It was believed the more courses, the more properous the year ahead.
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.
Romanian Cornmeal Porridge Recipe - Mamaliga
This Romanian cornmeal porridge or mamliga recipe is similar to Italian polenta.
Sauerkraut and Apples Recipe
Sauerkraut and apples are a winning combination in this tasty side dish.
Blood Sausage Recipe - Polish Kiszka
Polish blood sausage or kiszka is made with pig's blood, seasonings and, usually, barley.
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.
Sweet Cheese Pierogi Filling Recipe
Sweet cheese filling using farmer's cheese is a favorite with pierogi eaters.
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.
How to Make Jewish Cheese Blintzes
These Jewish cheese blintzes are made with a sweetened filling.
Apple Tart Recipe - Polish Szarlotka
Polish apple tart or szarlotka is like American apple pie but the crust is sweeter and is made with butter.
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.
Lithuanian Stuffed Cabbage Recipe - Balandeliai
This recipe for Lithuanian stuffed cabbage is known as balandeliai or little doves.
Traditional Polish Blood Soup Recipe Known as...
Duck or goose blood soup, or Polish czarnina or czernina, is a sweet-sour soup made with poultry blood, vinegar and dried fruits.
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 Eastern-European Style Roasted...
Peppers can be roasted by broiling, grilling or oven baking. Page 2.
Ukrainian Stuffed Cabbage Recipe - Holubtsi
This recipe for Ukrainian stuffed cabbage is known as holubtsi, or little pigeons. This version has a potato-buckwheat filling.
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.
Make This Easy Caramel Sauce In 10 Minutes
This easy caramel sauce recipe takes only 10 minutes to prepare.
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.
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.
QUICK TIP: How to Freeze Leftover Egg Yolks
Here is how to freeze leftover egg yolks.
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.
Authentic Bulgarian Salad Calls For Fresh...
Bulgarian shopska salata is a refreshing salad of tomatoes, peppers, onion and parsley in a vinaigrette dressing.
Croatian Chicken Lasagna Recipe - Lazanje s Kokos
This recipe for Croatian chicken lasagna or lazanje s kokos features red peppers and two different cheeses.
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 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.
Easy Way to Fill a Pastry Bag
Attach a pastry tip to the pastry coupler followed by the plastic coupler ring and tighten.
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.
Traditional Serbian Kajmak Recipe
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.
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.
Chef Marek Widomski's Stuffed Cabbage Rolls in...
This recipe for Polish stuffed cabbage rolls with tomato sauce or golabki is from chef Marek Widomski of the Culinary Institute in Cracow.
Better Than Chicken Fingers: Polish Breaded...
Pork is a favorite meat for Poles and this breaded fried pork cutlet dish is very popular.
Polish Sorrel Soup Recipe - Zupa Szczawiowa
This Polish recipe for sorrel soup is popular in the springtime when sorrel is at its most tender.
15 Pumpkin Recipes From Soup to Dessert
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.
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 Hungarian Stuffed Peppers - Toltott...
Follow these step-by-step photo instructions for making Hungarian stuffed peppers.
Kluski Recipe - Polish Kluski do Rosolu
This Polish soup recipe is made with three simple ingredients: flour, water, and eggs. Making the noodles is a great kids project.
11 Traditional Dry Curd Cheese Polish...
Here are top Polish-style cheesecake recipes.
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Polish Noodles and Sauerkraut Recipe - Kluski z...
Polish noodles and sauerkraut, or Kluski z Kwasna Kapusta, is a favorite side dish in Eastern European kitchens.
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.
Easy Russian Rye Bread Recipe - Rzhanovi Khleb
This recipe for easy Russian rye bread does not require a starter and contains no eggs or oil.
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.
Polish Sourdough Rye Bread Recipe - Chleb...
A rye sour adds tang to this Polish rye bread recipe.
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.
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