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.
Pumpkin Butter is a favorite of Eastern Europeans both as a spread and as a component of other dishes.
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.
Here are recipes for 12 authentic, traditional Romanian foods.
Apple trees abound in Eastern Europe and the logical thing to make with an abundance of this fruit is apple butter.
Polish kolaczki are flaky little pastries, sometimes considered cookies, filled with fruit, cheese, nut or poppyseed pastes.
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.
This recipe combines two favorites - pumpkin and apple - in one pie.
Once you've selected the dough and filling you want for your pierogi, follow these steps for rolling, cutting, folding and cooking.
Squash is considered a fruit and can be divided into summer squash and winter squash varieties
Easy Polish beet barszcz is a sour soup made with beets.
This recipe for charbroiled oysters was developed by Tommy Cvitanovich of Drago's Restaurant in New Orleans and Metairie, La.
Here are stuffed cabbage recipes from Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovenia, Slovak Republic, Ukraine, and other countries.
Weeks before Christmas, my family would get out the cookie tins and start baking traditional Polish cookies or ciasteczka na swieta for the holidays.
This healthy recipe for dog biscuits is made with only four ingredients.
Royal icing is the mortar that holds a gingerbread house together.
Polish dill pickle soup is common in Eastern Europe where pickling is a favorite way to preserve fruits, vegetables, meats and eggs.
This smoked Polish sausage and sauerkraut recipe makes a great potluck or tailgating dish.
Learn more about a variety of polish sausages from this curated list, including links to recipes and vendors selling different kinds of kielbasa.
This gingerbread house dough recipe, while edible, is not meant to be eaten. It is firm and sturdy enough to support decorations.
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 Slovak stuffed cabbage, also known as holubky or halupki, is made with ground beef and pork, sauerkraut, paprika and tomato sauce.
This recipe for Hungarian goulash soup or gulyas leves is hearty enough to be eaten as a main course.
Smoked pork chops are quick and easy to prepare and make a satisfying meal with braised cabbage and a green vegetable.
Langos is Hungarian fried bread sometimes called Hungarian pizza. It is a favorite street and fair food.
This pomegranate vinaigrette recipe combines pomegranate juice, honey and oil for a tasty salad topper.
This is a traditional Czech recipe for bread dumplings or houskovy knedlik.
This recipe for Russian beef stroganoff or govjadina po strogonovski is made with beef tenderloin.
A step by step recipe for making cabbage rolls, also known as golabki, holubki and sarma.
This recipe for Polish potato pancakes or placki ziemniaczane is from Gwizdaly village.
Paczki or Polish doughnuts are eaten on Fat Thursday in Poland and Fat Tuesday in the United States.
This recipe for Russian little meat dumplings is known as peljmeni or pelmeni in Russia.
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.
Sarma is the Serbian version of stuffed cabbage.
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.
Cevapcici or cevaps are casing-less sausages favored by Eastern Europeans.
This recipe for potato-cheese pierogi or pierogi ruskie is from chef Marek Widomski of the Culinary Institute in Cracow, Poland.
Here is an easy way to freeze leftover egg whites.
Chicken Paprikash is a classic Hungarian comfort food dish.
This recipe for Romanian stuffed cabbage or sarmale is made with pork, sauerkraut and tomatoes.
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.
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 traditional Polish noodles and cabbage dish known as haluski is easy to make and can be a side or main meal.
This pierogi dough uses sour cream as one of its ingredients.
Polish Christmas Eve - Wigilia - and Christmas Day are two of the holiest days of the year to Roman Catholics along with Easter.
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.
Desserts vary from region to region in Poland, but this list of favorite Polish dessert recipes seem to be universal throughout the country.
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.
Eastern Europeans have a charming tradition of offering
This recipe for braised pork belly is from chef Donald Link of Cochon Restaurant in New Orleans, La.
This Jewish stuffed cabbage recipe or holishkes is a traditional dish for Sukkot, the harvest festival in autumn.
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.
This easy persimmon bread recipe is made with butter, not oil as other quick breads are.
This recipe for Hungarian stuffed cabbage or toltott kaposzta is made with ground pork, beef and sliced smoked pork butt for flavor.
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.
Use this tip to keep your grated potatoes from turning dark.
This recipe for Polish pickle soup or zupa ogorkowa is from the women of Gwizdaly village.
This recipe for sweetened chestnut puree can be used in many desserts and combined with whipped cream as a filling.
Burek sa sirom is a Croatian-Serbian cheese pie made with flaky filo dough. This recipe goes great with a glass of cold kefir.
This dish, called Zurek, includes sausage. The recipe is from chef Marek Widomski of the Culinary Institute in Cracow, Poland.
Polish sausage (kielbasa) is a pork sausage flavored with garlic, marjoram and black pepper that can be smoked or unsmoked (fresh).
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 Czech stuffed cabbages or holubky uses ground beef and pork, rice, tomato juice and paprika.
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.
Freeze whole cabbage heads instead of boiling them to remove the leaves for stuffed cabbage.
This easy recipe for pickled beets and onions is from the Culinary Institute of America.
All Saints' Day is Nov. 1 and All Souls' Day is Nov. 2 in the Roman Catholic Church and other religions, and are celebrated worldwide.
This recipe for traditional Polish cheesecake or sernik has a sweet pastry crust.
Among the standard desserts in Poland is cheesecake, also known as sernik or serowiec.
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.
Mushrooms are a favorite of Eastern Europeans and they find their way into everything from soups to stews.
Here are recipes typically eaten in the fall (autumn) in Poland.
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.
Here is a recipe and step-by-step instructions for making farmer's cheese, also known as dry curd cheese, at home.
This Russian Napoleon Cake recipe is made with up to 16 layers of dough filled with a custard cream and is a national dessert.
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.
Here is a list, by no means comprehensive, of Polish delis, import stores and online grocers where one can purchase Polish foods.
Cabbage with noodles is a popular dish throughout Eastern Europe. In Hungarian, it's known as kaposztas teszta.
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.
Polish pork hocks, also known as ham hocks, are called golonka in Poland, and considered a national dish.
This recipe for Croatian stuffed cabbage or sarma is from Klara Cvitanovich of Metairie, La.
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.
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.
Boiling is one way to cook Polish kielbasa sausage.
This recipe for Polish kapusniak is made with fresh cabbage, sauerkraut and vegetables in a beefy-tomato broth.
Here is how to freeze leftover egg yolks.
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.
This is just one version of hundreds of recipes for Polish apple cake.
bee sting cake or bienenstich is a favorite in many German-speaking countries and one which Hungarians adopted.
This recipe for Polish Drop Potato Dumplings - Kartoflane Kluski - is made with raw potatoes, not mashed potatoes.
Polish blood sausage or kiszka is made with pig's blood, seasonings and, usually, barley.
Here are recipes for popular Serbian dessert recipes.
Caviar is a favorite appetizer of Eastern Europeans. Learn the different types of caviar and what to look for.
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.
Apples can be found in everything from sweet to savory Eastern European recipes.
This Hungarian Dobosh Torte recipe sports seven layers filled with chocolate buttercream and topped with a caramel layer.
Kohlrabi soup, made with this cabbage-like vegetable, is beloved by Eastern Europeans, in particular the Hungarians, Polish, and Russians.
These Jewish cheese blintzes are made with a sweetened filling.
This recipe for Hungarian chicken paprikash uses no green or red peppers and is served over rice.
This easy pear butter recipe requires only three ingredients - pears, water and sugar.
This easy bread recipe is a good way to use up wine and cheese leftover from a party. The recipe makes one large round loaf of tasty bread.
Croatian strudel dough is different from filo or puff pastry strudel doughs. It is a flaky dough that bakes up golden brown and light.
In many parts of Eastern Europe, Christmas trees are hung upside down from the ceiling. Here's why.
This Romanian cornmeal porridge or mamliga recipe is similar to Italian polenta.
This recipe for Polish potato dumplingsor kopytka is made with cooked mashed potatoes.
This recipe for homemade Hungarian sausage or hazi kolbasz is made with pork shoulder, garlic, salt, pepper and paprika.
Egg washing yeast doughs prior to baking adds color or shine that makes them all the more appetizing.
Hungarian plum dumplings are made with a mashed potato dough and can be eaten as dessert, a meatless main dish or side dish.
Place the pastry bag over a wide-mouth jar to free your hands when filling it.
Solyanka Soup is popular in Russia and Ukraine, and is a combination of sausage, cured meats, rich broth, olives, capers and more.
Bulgarian shopska salata is a refreshing salad of tomatoes, peppers, onion and parsley in a vinaigrette dressing.
This authentic recipe for Salata de Boeuf/Salat Olivje or is a traditional Romanian/Russian salad offering.
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 gluten-free pierogi recipe is perfect for those who love Polish dumplings but can't tolerate gluten.
Potato-meat dumplings known as zeppelins or cepelinai are a traditional Lithuanian dish.
This recipe for Polish country-style pork ribs and sauerkraut, known as Zeberka Wieprzowe w Kapuscie, is an economical but delicious meal.
Here are several recipes for kolaczki, kolachky, kolacky, kolace. However you spell them, they mean flaky, delicious, Eastern European filled cookies or pastries.
This Czech garlic soup recipe or cesnecka is said to be the number one hangover cure.
Here is a list, by no means comprehensive, of Serbian, Croatian, Bulgarian, Macedonian, Romanian, Hungarian, Lithuanian, Ukrainian delis, import stores and online grocers.
This easy recipe for Polish dill pickles is known as ogorki kiszone.
Mizeria is the Polish name for cucumbers in sour cream, a refreshing dish served year-round.
Here are recipes for Ukrainian Christmas Eve or Holy Supper, which is known as Sviaty Vechir. Learn more about Ukrainian Christmas here.
A rye sour adds tang to this Polish rye bread recipe.
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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.
The origins of gingerbread are said to date to the ancient Greeks and Egyptians.
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.
Here are 20 things you probably didn't know about pumpkins, which are actually fruits and not vegetables.
This recipe for easy Russian rye bread does not require a starter and contains no eggs or oil.
This recipe for Polish creamed beet barszcz is thickened with sour cream and is delicious cold or warm.
Ukrainian meatless beet soup or borshch has a little tomato paste in it besides cabbage, onions and other vegetables.
Polish zapiekanka or open-face sandwiches are popular street food fare in the bigger cities of Poland.
This recipe for Polish stuffed cabbage rolls with tomato sauce or golabki is from chef Marek Widomski of the Culinary Institute in Cracow.
This easy beef cube steak recipe is fast and budget-friendly.
Hungarian nokedli dumplings are similar to German spaetzle and are made by passing the dough through a noodle grater into boiling water.
Honey bread has been eaten in Russia at least since the 9th century. When spices became readily available in the 12th century, they were added making this a spiced cookie that is enjoyed year-round but especially at Christmas.
Lenten Sarma are cabbage rolls stuffed with vegetables only in strict observance of the Lenten fast.
Pljeskavica are juicy Serbian hamburgers made with pork, lamb and beef. They are popular in one form or another throughout the Balkans.
This recipe for Jewish chocolate babka is baked in a loaf pan instead of the swirled tube pan that Poles bake theirs in.
Duck or goose blood soup, or Polish czarnina or czernina, is a sweet-sour soup made with poultry blood, vinegar and dried fruits.
Sauerkraut and apples are a winning combination in this tasty side dish.
This Polish soup recipe is made with three simple ingredients: flour, water, and eggs. Making the noodles is a great kids project.
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.
Esterhazy torte is a rich dessert consisting of chocolate buttercream sandwiched between four layers of sponge cake.
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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.
Pork is a favorite meat for Poles and this breaded fried pork cutlet dish is very popular.
Polish noodles and sauerkraut, or Kluski z Kwasna Kapusta, is a favorite side dish in Eastern European kitchens.
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.