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.
This basic pierogi dough recipe is a simple combination of flour, eggs, water and salt.
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 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.
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.
Easy Polish beet barszcz is a sour soup made with beets.
This smoked Polish sausage and sauerkraut recipe makes a great potluck or tailgating dish.
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.
Squash is considered a fruit and can be divided into summer squash and winter squash varieties
This recipe for charbroiled oysters was developed by Tommy Cvitanovich of Drago's Restaurant in New Orleans and Metairie, La.
Cevapcici or cevaps are casing-less sausages favored by Eastern Europeans.
This Peach Butter recipe calls for just three simple ingredients - fresh peaches, water and sugar.
This recipe for Perfect Sunday Beef Roast uses a top sirloin cut of beef.
Learn more about a variety of polish sausages from this curated list, including links to recipes and vendors selling different kinds of kielbasa.
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.
These Eastern European recipes only take 15 minutes to prepare.
This healthy recipe for dog biscuits is made with only four ingredients.
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 easy pear butter recipe requires only three ingredients - pears, water and sugar.
Langos is Hungarian fried bread sometimes called Hungarian pizza. It is a favorite street and fair food.
This easy recipe for pickled beets and onions is from the Culinary Institute of America.
Smoked pork chops are quick and easy to prepare and make a satisfying meal with braised cabbage and a green vegetable.
Hungarian plum dumplings are made with a mashed potato dough and can be eaten as dessert, a meatless main dish or side dish.
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.
Polish dill pickle soup is common in Eastern Europe where pickling is a favorite way to preserve fruits, vegetables, meats and eggs.
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.
Once you've selected the dough and filling you want for your pierogi, follow these steps for rolling, cutting, folding and cooking.
Ukrainian meatless beet soup or borshch has a little tomato paste in it besides cabbage, onions and other vegetables.
This recipe for Hungrian cheese-stuffed wax peppers or sajtos toltott paprika is a perfect meatless main course or side dish.
Boiling is one way to cook Polish kielbasa sausage.
This recipe for Hungarian goulash soup or gulyas leves is hearty enough to be eaten as a main course.
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.
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 salmon patties is made with fresh, not canned, salmon. The cakes are browned on the stovetop and can then be finished in the oven.
Here is an easy way to freeze leftover egg whites.
This decadent Hungarian trifle recipe or somloi galuska consists of three layers of sponge cake, pastry cream and chocolate sauce.
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 Russian beef stroganoff or govjadina po strogonovski is made with beef tenderloin.
Here are stuffed cabbage recipes from Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovenia, Slovak Republic, Ukraine, and other countries.
Polish kolaczki are flaky little pastries, sometimes considered cookies, filled with fruit, cheese, nut or poppyseed pastes.
Bulgarian shopska salata is a refreshing salad of tomatoes, peppers, onion and parsley in a vinaigrette dressing.
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.
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.
This recipe for Polish potato pancakes or placki ziemniaczane is from Gwizdaly village.
This recipe for braised pork belly is from chef Donald Link of Cochon Restaurant in New Orleans, La.
Here is a recipe and step-by-step instructions for making farmer's cheese, also known as dry curd cheese, at home.
This is a traditional Czech recipe for bread dumplings or houskovy knedlik.
This recipe for Romanian stuffed cabbage or sarmale is made with pork, sauerkraut and tomatoes.
Chicken Paprikash is a classic Hungarian comfort food dish.
A step by step recipe for making cabbage rolls, also known as golabki, holubki and sarma.
This Hungarian recipe for creamed green bean soup can be served hot or cold.
Among the standard desserts in Poland is cheesecake, also known as sernik or serowiec.
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.
Polish plum butter - powidla sliwkowe - is like fruit butters but the puree isn't strained.
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.
When you have an abundance of fresh fruit, turn it into an easy, low added-sugar jam that requires no canning.
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.
Paczki or Polish doughnuts are eaten on Fat Thursday in Poland and Fat Tuesday in the United States.
This spiced plum jam recipe requires no canning and is made with only 1 1/2 cups sugar.
This dish, called Zurek, includes sausage. The recipe is from chef Marek Widomski of the Culinary Institute in Cracow, Poland.
Kohlrabi soup, made with this cabbage-like vegetable, is beloved by Eastern Europeans, in particular the Hungarians, Polish, and Russians.
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.
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bee sting cake or bienenstich is a favorite in many German-speaking countries and one which Hungarians adopted.
Eastern Europeans have a charming tradition of offering
These pickles are fermented by the heat of the sun, so they should be made in summer or warm climates.
This gingerbread house dough recipe, while edible, is not meant to be eaten. It is firm and sturdy enough to support decorations.
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.
This pomegranate vinaigrette recipe combines pomegranate juice, honey and oil for a tasty salad topper.
Croatian plum dumplings, known as knedle s sljivama, are made with a mashed potato dough and are coated with buttered bread crumbs and sugar.
Eastern Europeans are well known for rotisserie- or grate-style cooking over an open fire. Kebabs, sausages, patties, whole pigs and lambs all show up at outdoor celebrations.
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 Hungarian Dobosh Torte recipe sports seven layers filled with chocolate buttercream and topped with a caramel layer.
This recipe for traditional Polish cheesecake or sernik has a sweet pastry crust.
Cabbage with noodles is a popular dish throughout Eastern Europe. In Hungarian, it's known as kaposztas teszta.
Here is a list, by no means comprehensive, of Polish delis, import stores and online grocers where one can purchase Polish foods.
This pierogi dough uses sour cream as one of its ingredients.
This recipe for Hungarian Chocolate Mousse Cake - Sutemeny Rigo Jancsi - is made with a chocolate sponge cake, chocolate mousse and chocolate glaze.
This blueberry cake bars recipe is simple to make in a 13x9-inch pan.
Here is how to freeze leftover egg yolks.
This recipe for Hungarian stuffed cabbage or toltott kaposzta is made with ground pork, beef and sliced smoked pork butt for flavor.
Sarma is the Serbian version of stuffed cabbage.
Desserts vary from region to region in Poland, but this list of favorite Polish dessert recipes seem to be universal throughout the country.
Polish sausage (kielbasa) is a pork sausage flavored with garlic, marjoram and black pepper that can be smoked or unsmoked (fresh).
These Jewish cheese blintzes are made with a sweetened filling.
Use this tip to keep your grated potatoes from turning dark.
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 Russian Napoleon Cake recipe is made with up to 16 layers of dough filled with a custard cream and is a national dessert.
Hamantaschen cookies are shaped like a three-cornered hat and filled with apricot, prune or poppyseed filling.
This recipe for Polish pickle soup or zupa ogorkowa is from the women of Gwizdaly village.
Pljeskavica are juicy Serbian hamburgers made with pork, lamb and beef. They are popular in one form or another throughout the Balkans.
This easy beef cube steak recipe is fast and budget-friendly.
Here are recipes for popular Serbian dessert recipes.
Freeze whole cabbage heads instead of boiling them to remove the leaves for stuffed cabbage.
This recipe for Polish creamed beet barszcz is thickened with sour cream and is delicious cold or warm.
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 Russian little meat dumplings is known as peljmeni or pelmeni in Russia.
Hungarian Beef Goulash is another delicious one-pot offering with the trinity of onions, tomatoes, green peppers and, of course, paprika.
Watermelon gazpacho or cold watermelon soup is enjoyed worldwide. It's just the name and spices that sometimes change.
Here is a list, by no means comprehensive, of Serbian, Croatian, Bulgarian, Macedonian, Romanian, Hungarian, Lithuanian, Ukrainian delis, import stores and online grocers.
In Poland, a liqueur or cordial is known as a nalewka. Here is all about nalewki (plural) and links to how to make it at home.
Follow these step-by-step photo instructions for making Hungarian stuffed peppers.
This Jewish stuffed cabbage recipe or holishkes is a traditional dish for Sukkot, the harvest festival in autumn.
This recipe for easy Russian rye bread does not require a starter and contains no eggs or oil.
Esterhazy torte is a rich dessert consisting of chocolate buttercream sandwiched between four layers of sponge cake.
Here are top Polish-style cheesecake recipes.
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.
This recipe for Hungarian cherry soup is served cold and made with tart Morello or Montmorency cherries.
Romanian mititei sausages have no casings like Serbian cevapcici and can be eaten as an appetizer or main course.
The perfect ending to a picnic meal is usually watermelon, but for those who like something more substantial that will hold up to the heat, these should fill the bill.
This recipe for potato-cheese pierogi or pierogi ruskie is from chef Marek Widomski of the Culinary Institute in Cracow, Poland.
Polish blood sausage or kiszka is made with pig's blood, seasonings and, usually, barley.
A rye sour adds tang to this Polish rye bread recipe.
This recipe for homemade Hungarian sausage or hazi kolbasz is made with pork shoulder, garlic, salt, pepper and paprika.
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.
Hungarian nokedli dumplings are similar to German spaetzle and are made by passing the dough through a noodle grater into boiling water.
Caviar is a favorite appetizer of Eastern Europeans. Learn the different types of caviar and what to look for.
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.
Tomato Butter is a great way to use an overabundance of tomatoes. Even unripe, or green, tomatoes work.
This recipe for Croatian stuffed cabbage or sarma is from Klara Cvitanovich of Metairie, La.
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.
Solyanka Soup is popular in Russia and Ukraine, and is a combination of sausage, cured meats, rich broth, olives, capers and more.
This is just one version of hundreds of recipes for Polish apple cake.
This recipe for Polish Drop Potato Dumplings - Kartoflane Kluski - is made with raw potatoes, not mashed 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.
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 Romanian cornmeal porridge or mamliga recipe is similar to Italian polenta.
Fruit butters let the real taste of the fruit shine through because they use less sugar and no pectin.
This recipe for Czech stuffed cabbages or holubky uses ground beef and pork, rice, tomato juice and paprika.
This mixed berry dessert sauce recipe can be used on blintzes, pound cakes, ice cream and more.
This recipe for Polish potato dumplingsor kopytka is made with cooked mashed potatoes.
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.
This gluten-free pierogi recipe is perfect for those who love Polish dumplings but can't tolerate gluten.
This recipe for cold Lithuanian beet soup or saltibarsciai is made with buttermilk, sour cream, hard-cooked eggs, cucumbers and dill.
This recipe for Polish crab-stuffed salmon pinwheels is known as zrazy losos i krab.
This recipe for Polish sweet-and-sour pickles or słodko kwaśnym ogórkiem delivers that lovely tart-sweet taste Eastern Europeans love.
This Polish recipe for sorrel soup is popular in the springtime when sorrel is at its most tender.
Croatian strudel dough is different from filo or puff pastry strudel doughs. It is a flaky dough that bakes up golden brown and light.
Eastern Europeans are picklers, smokers and canners extraordinaire. It started as a means of preserving food, but it soon developed into a much-loved taste.
Poles love horseradish. The addition of beets, gives color and sweetness to the condiment.
Polish zapiekanka or open-face sandwiches are popular street food fare in the bigger cities of Poland.
This recipe for Serbian lepinje is known as lepinje za cevapi because the bread is traditionally served with cevapcici sausages tucked inside.
Pork is a favorite meat for Poles and this breaded fried pork cutlet dish is very popular.
Weeks before Christmas, my family would get out the cookie tins and start baking traditional Polish cookies or ciasteczka na swieta for the holidays.
Duck or goose blood soup, or Polish czarnina or czernina, is a sweet-sour soup made with poultry blood, vinegar and dried fruits.
Egg washing yeast doughs prior to baking adds color or shine that makes them all the more appetizing.