Eastern European Food: Most Popular Articles
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 trees abound in Eastern Europe and the logical thing to make with an abundance of this fruit is apple butter.
This basic pierogi dough recipe is a simple combination of flour, eggs, water and salt.
This recipe for Perfect Sunday Beef Roast uses a top sirloin cut of beef.
Weeks before Christmas, my family would get out the cookie tins and start baking traditional Polish cookies or ciasteczka na swieta for the holidays.
Here are recipes for 12 authentic, traditional Romanian foods.
A step by step recipe for making cabbage rolls, also known as golabki, holubki and sarma.
Polish kolaczki are flaky little pastries, sometimes considered cookies, filled with fruit, cheese, nut or poppyseed pastes.
Squash is considered a fruit and can be divided into summer squash and winter squash varieties
Here are stuffed cabbage recipes from Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovenia, Slovak Republic, Ukraine, and other countries.
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.
Easy Polish beet barszcz is a sour soup made with beets.
Pumpkin Butter is a favorite of Eastern Europeans both as a spread and as a component of other dishes.
This smoked Polish sausage and sauerkraut recipe makes a great potluck or tailgating dish.
Sarma is the Serbian version of 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.
Once you've selected the dough and filling you want for your pierogi, follow these steps for rolling, cutting, folding and cooking.
This healthy recipe for dog biscuits is made with only four ingredients.
This recipe for charbroiled oysters was developed by Tommy Cvitanovich of Drago's Restaurant in New Orleans and Metairie, La.
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.
This recipe for Hungarian goulash soup or gulyas leves is hearty enough to be eaten as a main course.
Freeze whole cabbage heads instead of boiling them to remove the leaves for stuffed cabbage.
Polish dill pickle soup is common in Eastern Europe where pickling is a favorite way to preserve fruits, vegetables, meats and eggs.
This recipe for Russian beef stroganoff or govjadina po strogonovski is made with beef tenderloin.
Polish crepes are known as naleÅ›niki. They can be filled with fruit, jam, or sweet or savory fillings and rolled or folded. Many people then call them blintzes.
Learn more about a variety of polish sausages from this curated list, including links to recipes and vendors selling different kinds of kielbasa.
Here are recipes for Ukrainian Christmas Eve or Holy Supper, which is known as Sviaty Vechir. Learn more about Ukrainian Christmas here.
This recipe for Polish potato pancakes or placki ziemniaczane is from Gwizdaly village.
This is a traditional Czech recipe for bread dumplings or houskovy knedlik.
Royal icing is the mortar that holds a gingerbread house together.
This recipe for Hungarian stuffed cabbage or toltott kaposzta is made with ground pork, beef and sliced smoked pork butt for flavor.
This dish, called Zurek, includes sausage. The recipe is from chef Marek Widomski of the Culinary Institute in Cracow, Poland.
Paczki or Polish doughnuts are eaten on Fat Thursday in Poland and Fat Tuesday in the United States.
This recipe for Czech stuffed cabbages or holubky uses ground beef and pork, rice, tomato juice and paprika.
Smoked pork chops are quick and easy to prepare and make a satisfying meal with braised cabbage and a green vegetable.
Here is an easy way to freeze leftover egg whites.
bee sting cake or bienenstich is a favorite in many German-speaking countries and one which Hungarians adopted.
This gingerbread house dough recipe, while edible, is not meant to be eaten. It is firm and sturdy enough to support decorations.
This Jewish stuffed cabbage recipe or holishkes is a traditional dish for Sukkot, the harvest festival in autumn.
Langos is Hungarian fried bread sometimes called Hungarian pizza. It is a favorite street and fair food.
Chicken Paprikash is a classic Hungarian comfort food dish.
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.
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.
This traditional Polish noodles and cabbage dish known as haluski is easy to make and can be a side or main meal.
This pomegranate vinaigrette recipe combines pomegranate juice, honey and oil for a tasty salad topper.
Cevapcici or cevaps are casing-less sausages favored by Eastern Europeans.
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.
Boiling is one way to cook Polish kielbasa sausage.
This recipe for sweetened chestnut puree can be used in many desserts and combined with whipped cream as a filling.
Eastern Europeans have a charming tradition of offering
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.
This recipe for Romanian stuffed cabbage or sarmale is made with pork, sauerkraut and tomatoes.
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.
This pierogi dough uses sour cream as one of its ingredients.
Use this tip to keep your grated potatoes from turning dark.
Desserts vary from region to region in Poland, but this list of favorite Polish dessert recipes seem to be universal throughout the country.
This recipe for Croatian stuffed cabbage or sarma is from Klara Cvitanovich of Metairie, La.
Here is a recipe and step-by-step instructions for making farmer's cheese, also known as dry curd cheese, at home.
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.
Mushrooms are a favorite of Eastern Europeans and they find their way into everything from soups to stews.
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.
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.
This recipe for braised pork belly is from chef Donald Link of Cochon Restaurant in New Orleans, La.
This recipe for Polish pickle soup or zupa ogorkowa is from the women of Gwizdaly village.
This is just one version of hundreds of recipes for Polish apple cake.
Polish Christmas Eve - Wigilia - and Christmas Day are two of the holiest days of the year to Roman Catholics along with Easter.
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 origins of gingerbread are said to date to the ancient Greeks and Egyptians.
Polish sausage (kielbasa) is a pork sausage flavored with garlic, marjoram and black pepper that can be smoked or unsmoked (fresh).
Here are recipes typically eaten in the fall (autumn) in Poland.
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.
This recipe for traditional Polish cheesecake or sernik has a sweet pastry crust.
Hungarian plum dumplings are made with a mashed potato dough and can be eaten as dessert, a meatless main dish or side dish.
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 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.
Cabbage with noodles is a popular dish throughout Eastern Europe. In Hungarian, it's known as kaposztas teszta.
This Hungarian Dobosh Torte recipe sports seven layers filled with chocolate buttercream and topped with a caramel layer.
This recipe for Polish Drop Potato Dumplings - Kartoflane Kluski - is made with raw potatoes, not mashed potatoes.
Croatian strudel dough is different from filo or puff pastry strudel doughs. It is a flaky dough that bakes up golden brown and light.
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.
Mizeria is the Polish name for cucumbers in sour cream, a refreshing dish served year-round.
Among the standard desserts in Poland is cheesecake, also known as sernik or serowiec.
Burek sa sirom is a Croatian-Serbian cheese pie made with flaky filo dough. This recipe goes great with a glass of cold kefir.
Apples can be found in everything from sweet to savory Eastern European recipes.
Kohlrabi soup, made with this cabbage-like vegetable, is beloved by Eastern Europeans, in particular the Hungarians, Polish, and Russians.
This recipe for Polish kapusniak is made with fresh cabbage, sauerkraut and vegetables in a beefy-tomato broth.
This easy recipe for pickled beets and onions is from the Culinary Institute of America.
Here is a list, by no means comprehensive, of Polish delis, import stores and online grocers where one can purchase Polish foods.
In many parts of Eastern Europe, Christmas trees are hung upside down from the ceiling. Here's why.
This recipe for Russian little meat dumplings is known as peljmeni or pelmeni in Russia.
Polish pork hocks, also known as ham hocks, are called golonka in Poland, and considered a national dish.
Potato-meat dumplings known as zeppelins or cepelinai are a traditional Lithuanian dish.
This recipe for Hungarian chicken paprikash uses no green or red peppers and is served over rice.
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 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.
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.
This recipe for Polish potato dumplingsor kopytka is made with cooked mashed potatoes.
This easy pear butter recipe requires only three ingredients - pears, water and sugar.
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 is a favorite appetizer of Eastern Europeans. Learn the different types of caviar and what to look for.
This easy persimmon bread recipe is made with butter, not oil as other quick breads are.
This easy recipe for Polish dill pickles is known as ogorki kiszone.
Solyanka Soup is popular in Russia and Ukraine, and is a combination of sausage, cured meats, rich broth, olives, capers and more.
Here are recipes for popular Serbian dessert recipes.
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.
This recipe for Polish creamed beet barszcz is thickened with sour cream and is delicious cold or warm.
This Romanian cornmeal porridge or mamliga recipe is similar to Italian polenta.
Sauerkraut and apples are a winning combination in this tasty side dish.
Polish blood sausage or kiszka is made with pig's blood, seasonings and, usually, barley.
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 filling using farmer's cheese is a favorite with pierogi eaters.
Here is a list, by no means comprehensive, of Serbian, Croatian, Bulgarian, Macedonian, Romanian, Hungarian, Lithuanian, Ukrainian delis, import stores and online grocers.
These Jewish cheese blintzes are made with a sweetened filling.
Polish apple tart or szarlotka is like American apple pie but the crust is sweeter and is made with butter.
This recipe for homemade Hungarian sausage or hazi kolbasz is made with pork shoulder, garlic, salt, pepper and paprika.
This recipe for Lithuanian stuffed cabbage is known as balandeliai or little doves.
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 or borshch has a little tomato paste in it besides cabbage, onions and other vegetables.
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This recipe for Ukrainian stuffed cabbage is known as holubtsi, or little pigeons. This version has a potato-buckwheat filling.
This recipe for Polish country-style pork ribs and sauerkraut, known as Zeberka Wieprzowe w Kapuscie, is an economical but delicious meal.
This easy caramel sauce recipe takes only 10 minutes to prepare.
This recipe for potato-cheese pierogi or pierogi ruskie is from chef Marek Widomski of the Culinary Institute in Cracow, Poland.
This gluten-free pierogi recipe is perfect for those who love Polish dumplings but can't tolerate gluten.
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.
Here is how to freeze leftover egg yolks.
This authentic recipe for Salata de Boeuf/Salat Olivje or is a traditional Romanian/Russian salad offering.
Bulgarian shopska salata is a refreshing salad of tomatoes, peppers, onion and parsley in a vinaigrette dressing.
This recipe for Croatian chicken lasagna or lazanje s kokos features red peppers and two different cheeses.
Pljeskavica are juicy Serbian hamburgers made with pork, lamb and beef. They are popular in one form or another throughout the Balkans.
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.
Attach a pastry tip to the pastry coupler followed by the plastic coupler ring and tighten.
Here are several recipes for kolaczki, kolachky, kolacky, kolace. However you spell them, they mean flaky, delicious, Eastern European filled cookies or pastries.
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.
This recipe for Jewish chocolate babka is baked in a loaf pan instead of the swirled tube pan that Poles bake theirs in.
This recipe for Polish stuffed cabbage rolls with tomato sauce or golabki is from chef Marek Widomski of the Culinary Institute in Cracow.
Pork is a favorite meat for Poles and this breaded fried pork cutlet dish is very popular.
This Polish recipe for sorrel soup is popular in the springtime when sorrel is at its most tender.
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.
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.
Follow these step-by-step photo instructions for making Hungarian stuffed peppers.
This Polish soup recipe is made with three simple ingredients: flour, water, and eggs. Making the noodles is a great kids project.
Here are top Polish-style cheesecake recipes.
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Polish noodles and sauerkraut, or Kluski z Kwasna Kapusta, is a favorite side dish in Eastern European kitchens.
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.
This recipe for easy Russian rye bread does not require a starter and contains no eggs or oil.
Croatian plum dumplings, known as knedle s sljivama, are made with a mashed potato dough and are coated with buttered bread crumbs and sugar.
A rye sour adds tang to this Polish rye bread recipe.
Hungarian nokedli dumplings are similar to German spaetzle and are made by passing the dough through a noodle grater into boiling water.