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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.
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.
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.
12 Traditional Romanian Recipes
Here are recipes for 12 authentic, traditional Romanian foods.
Apple Butter Recipe
Apple trees abound in Eastern Europe and the logical thing to make with an abundance of this fruit is apple butter.
A Traditional Polish Kołaczki Cookie Recipe
Polish kolaczki are flaky little pastries, sometimes considered cookies, filled with fruit, cheese, nut or poppyseed pastes.
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.
This Pie Combines Two Favorites - Pumpkin And...
This recipe combines two favorites - pumpkin and apple - in one pie.
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.
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
How to Make Polish Borscht: Easy Beet Barszcz...
Easy Polish beet barszcz is a sour soup made with beets.
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.
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.
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.
Make Peanut-Butter Dog Biscuits Your Furry...
This healthy recipe for dog biscuits is made with only four ingredients.
The Perfect Gingerbread House "Glue:" Royal...
Royal icing is the mortar that holds a gingerbread house together.
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.
Easy Prep Make-Ahead Polish Smoked Sausage and...
This smoked Polish sausage and sauerkraut recipe makes a great potluck or tailgating dish.
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.
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.
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 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 Hearty Hungarian Goulash
This recipe for Hungarian goulash soup or gulyas leves is hearty enough to be eaten as a main course.
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.
Shake Things Up With This Pomegranate...
This pomegranate vinaigrette recipe combines pomegranate juice, honey and oil for a tasty salad topper.
Traditional Czech Bread Dumplings Recipe -...
This is a traditional Czech recipe for bread dumplings or houskovy knedlik.
Beef Stroganoff Originated in 19th-Century...
This recipe for Russian beef stroganoff or govjadina po strogonovski is made with beef tenderloin.
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 Potato Pancakes
This recipe for Polish potato pancakes or placki ziemniaczane is from Gwizdaly village.
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.
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 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.
How to Make Serbian Stuffed Cabbage
Sarma is the Serbian version of stuffed cabbage.
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.
How to Make Cevapcici: Casing-Less Serbian...
Cevapcici or cevaps are casing-less sausages favored by Eastern Europeans.
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.
QUICK TIP: How to Freeze Leftover Egg Whites
Here is an easy way to freeze leftover egg whites.
How to Make Classic Hungarian Chicken Paprikash
Chicken Paprikash is a classic Hungarian comfort food dish.
Romanian Stuffed Cabbage Recipe - Sarmale
This recipe for Romanian stuffed cabbage or sarmale is made with pork, sauerkraut and tomatoes.
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 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.
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.
5-Ingredient Sour Cream Pierogi Dough Recipe
This pierogi dough uses sour cream as one of its ingredients.
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.
12 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.
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.
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.
10 Eastern European Dessert Recipes That Will...
Eastern Europeans have a charming tradition of offering
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.
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 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.
Easy Persimmon Bread Recipe
This easy persimmon bread recipe is made with butter, not oil as other quick breads are.
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 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.
Follow This Tip for An End to Gray Grated...
Use this tip to keep your grated potatoes from turning dark.
Polish Pickle Soup with Sour Cream and Dill
This recipe for Polish pickle soup or zupa ogorkowa is from the women of Gwizdaly village.
Sweetened Chestnut Puree Recipe
This recipe for sweetened chestnut puree can be used in many desserts and combined with whipped cream as a filling.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
QUICK TIP: Easy Way to Separate Leaves for...
Freeze whole cabbage heads instead of boiling them to remove the leaves for stuffed cabbage.
Easy Pickled Beet and Onion Salad
This easy recipe for pickled beets and onions is from the Culinary Institute of America.
All Saints' and All Souls' Day Trump Halloween...
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.
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.
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.
Eastern European Mushroom Recipes
Mushrooms are a favorite of Eastern Europeans and they find their way into everything from soups to stews.
Fall Foods in Poland
Here are recipes typically eaten in the fall (autumn) in Poland.
Make Delicious Kremowka Papieska: Polish Papal...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Klara's Stuffed Cabbage Recipe - Croatian Sarma
This recipe for Croatian stuffed cabbage or sarma is from Klara Cvitanovich of Metairie, La.
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.
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.
How to Make Polish Kielbasa Sausage
Boiling is one way to cook Polish kielbasa sausage.
Polish Cabbage and Sauerkraut Soup Recipe -...
This recipe for Polish kapusniak is made with fresh cabbage, sauerkraut and vegetables in a beefy-tomato broth.
QUICK TIP: How to Freeze Leftover Egg Yolks
Here is how to freeze leftover egg yolks.
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.
Apple Cake Is a Traditional Polish Dessert
This is just one version of hundreds of recipes for Polish apple cake.
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.
Polish Drop Potato Dumplings Recipe -...
This recipe for Polish Drop Potato Dumplings - Kartoflane Kluski - is made with raw potatoes, not mashed potatoes.
Blood Sausage Recipe - Polish Kiszka
Polish blood sausage or kiszka is made with pig's blood, seasonings and, usually, barley.
14 Delightful Serbian Desserts
Here are recipes for popular Serbian dessert recipes.
Caviar - An Egg-cellent Adventure
Caviar is a favorite appetizer of Eastern Europeans. Learn the different types of caviar and what to look for.
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.
10 Delicious Ways to Cook Apples
Apples can be found in everything from sweet to savory Eastern European recipes.
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.
Creamy Kohlrabi Soup
Kohlrabi soup, made with this cabbage-like vegetable, is beloved by Eastern Europeans, in particular the Hungarians, Polish, and Russians.
How to Make Jewish Cheese Blintzes
These Jewish cheese blintzes are made with a sweetened filling.
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.
Pear Butter Recipe
This easy pear butter recipe requires only three ingredients - pears, water and sugar.
Have Party Leftovers? Turn Wine and Cheese Into...
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.
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.
Eastern European Tradition of Upside-Down...
In many parts of Eastern Europe, Christmas trees are hung upside down from the ceiling. Here's why.
Romanian Cornmeal Porridge Recipe - Mamaliga
This Romanian cornmeal porridge or mamliga recipe is similar to Italian polenta.
Polish Mashed Potato Dumplings With Polonaise...
This recipe for Polish potato dumplingsor kopytka is made with cooked mashed potatoes.
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.
QUICK TIP: Egg Wash Yeast Doughs and Other...
Egg washing yeast doughs prior to baking adds color or shine that makes them all the more appetizing.
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.
Easy Way to Fill a Pastry Bag
Place the pastry bag over a wide-mouth jar to free your hands when filling it.
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.
Authentic Bulgarian Salad Calls For Fresh...
Bulgarian shopska salata is a refreshing salad of tomatoes, peppers, onion and parsley in a vinaigrette dressing.
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.
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.
Gluten-Free Pierogi Recipe
This gluten-free pierogi recipe is perfect for those who love Polish dumplings but can't tolerate gluten.
Try Lithuanian Potato Meat Dumplings in Bacon...
Potato-meat dumplings known as zeppelins or cepelinai are a traditional Lithuanian dish.
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.
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.
Cure Your Hangover with Czech Garlic Soup
This Czech garlic soup recipe or cesnecka is said to be the number one hangover cure.
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 Polish Dill Pickles
This easy recipe for Polish dill pickles is known as ogorki kiszone.
Queen Bona Sforza of Italian Heritage...
Mizeria is the Polish name for cucumbers in sour cream, a refreshing dish served year-round.
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.
This Polish Rye Bread Is Made with a Sourdough...
A rye sour adds tang to this Polish rye bread recipe.
How to Make Eastern-European Style Roasted...
Peppers can be roasted by broiling, grilling or oven baking. Page 2.
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.
The History of Gingerbread
The origins of gingerbread are said to date to the ancient Greeks and Egyptians.
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.
Bet You Didn't Know This About Pumpkins
Here are 20 things you probably didn't know about pumpkins, which are actually fruits and not vegetables.
This Russian Rye Bread Recipe Is Easy to Make
This recipe for easy Russian rye bread does not require a starter and contains no eggs or oil.
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.
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 You Can Make a Polish Open-Faced Sandwich
Polish zapiekanka or open-face sandwiches are popular street food fare in the bigger cities of Poland.
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.
Easy and Budget-Friendly Beef Cube Steak Recipe
This easy beef cube steak recipe is fast and budget-friendly.
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.
This Russian Spice Cookie Is a Traditional...
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.
Serbian Vegetarian Stuffed Cabbage Recipe -...
Lenten Sarma are cabbage rolls stuffed with vegetables only in strict observance of the Lenten fast.
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.
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.
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.
Sauerkraut and Apples Recipe
Sauerkraut and apples are a winning combination in this tasty side dish.
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.
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.
Esterhazy Torte Recipe - Hungarian Esterhazy...
Esterhazy torte is a rich dessert consisting of chocolate buttercream sandwiched between four layers of sponge cake.
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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.
Better Than Chicken Fingers: Polish Breaded...
Pork is a favorite meat for Poles and this breaded fried pork cutlet dish is very popular.
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.
Warm Up With Polish Hunter's Stew
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.
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