Polish Plum potato dumplings – Knedle ze śliwkami

One of my favorite Summer sweet dinners from childhood. Sweet & cinnamon flavored plums, soft potato dough and crispy buttered breadcrumbs, topped with sweet cream, make knedle a special dish, that is loved by all Poles.

One of the tastes of Polish Summer. If you have potatoes left from dinner, it is just half an hour of preparation and less than 10 minutes of cooking.

If you follow the recipe you will get 9 potato dumplings, it is 2-3 servings. Feel free to adjust the portion to your needs.

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Polish farmer’s potato and sausage casserole

This is a simple, but complete dish, with origins in Polish countryside. My Grandma was cooking this casserole for us quite often, I loved it. I still do.

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Kaszanka – Polish black pudding fried with onion

Polish Kaszanka is a sausage made of pig’s blood and groats (buckwheat or barley). Sometimes pig’s liver is added, depending on the region. It’s traditional polish food. Originally it was a dish prepared after pigsticking, to use all the parts of the pig. It has quite high levels of fat and cholesterol, but at the same time it supplements iron and zinc. Use it cautiously and enjoy Kaszanka:)

Kaszanka can be served cold, grilled or fried on the pan.

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Fried cauliflower

In Poland we love cauliflower. We use it in soups, as a side dish, in salads. In high season can cost only 1 USD per piece of cauliflower.

Raw cauliflower has a high content of vitamin C and moderate levels of vitamin K and B vitamins, it’s good to have it on the plate! You can eat it raw, steam it or fry.

Fried cauliflower is a great idea for supper or just an appetizer.

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String beans with breadcrumbs

In July in Poland string beans are getting cheaper and cheaper, so I’m having them every second day. I eat it steamed, keeping it low caloric or.. fry and add garlic and breadcrumbs:) Believe me, once you try it, you will love it. Or not, hmm, maybe it’s just me:)

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Smalczyk – Polish cottage pork lard with cracklings

Lard is made of pork fat, it needs to be said: it is not healthy. But as the fat carries a flavor – it is goood:) Tastes best on rye bread with pickled cucumbers. Yummy.

In Poland lard is served in restaurants with polish traditional food, as a pre-starter. It is something that you get free once you place an order and wait for your food. This Smalec is posh and exclusive;)

However the origins of it are not so rosy. In the past people in Polish countryside were poor. When they have a pig killed, they used all the single part of it. A lard made of fat was high caloric bread spread, that gave energy for the whole day of hard work.

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Paprykarz

In Poland during PRL you could buy Paprykarz Szczeciński, which was low quality fish spread with rice. You could take it with you for camping or holidays abroad:) Bulgaria was popular destination in 1980ties, because of the fact that Poland and Bulgaria were under the same communistic regime and there were restrictions on traveling to Western Europe.

You can still buy Paprykarz in stores, which looks a little bit better if you check ingredients, but I invite you to prepare it yourself at home:)

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Lithuanian Cold Borsch – Chłodnik litewski

During hot summer you may like cold cooling soup made of beets and beet’s leaves, buttermilk and spring greens: dill, spring onions and cucumber.

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Polish Potato pie – Babka Ziemniaczana

Potato pie is official regional dish of Podlasie: Norther- Easter part of Poland. It is filling and delicious, if you want less calories- avoid bacon:)

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Liver and onion

Liver and onion has its origins in Jewish cuisine. Jewish culture has been alive in Polish culture for centuries and has influenced also Polish cuisine. Liver and onion is the most popular way of preparing liver.

If you prefer lighter approach you may like Liver salad with strawberries recipe, which will be published on my blog soon:)

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Spring cottage cheese

First vegetables available in spring- horseradish and spring onions are the basis of the my favorite cottage cheese. I use both horseradish balls and sprouts. Sprouts are rich in minerals and can be easily grown at home.

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