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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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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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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Young Cabbage Soup cooked on Pork Bones

Young cabbage is sweet and delicate, it is cooking fast. It is not likely to give a stomach problems as may an old cabbage, stewed for hours. In case of young cabbage soup I minimize the seasoning, to keep the taste natural.

For broth I used pork bones, which are really cheap. You can also buy pork chop with bone, use pork chop for Breaded pork cutlets and use bones for the soup. I remember my Grandma was using bones for soups, the reason were savings and her approach- not to throw away any food and have respect for food.

Traditionally ‘Zasmażka’ can be added to the soup to make it thicker and reach.

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Polish vegetable salad

I remember from my childhood that vegetable salad was a must for each Easter, Christmas, birthday and -very popular those times in Poland -name day. In the 80-ties mayonnaise was hard to get in stores, so we used to prepare it at home.

I still can’t imagine Easter with a family without vegetable salad.

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Meat balls in tomato sauce

After Easter dishes full of mayonnaise, meat and creamy cakes this is a time to get back to ordinary life. Before you weigh yourself after Easter, give some time to yourself:) Our stomachs need some rest. What do you say on meat balls in tomato sauce? No frying, less calories and less time spent in the kitchen.

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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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Polish tripe soup – Flaki

Either you love or hate it. Tripe soup has lots of proponents and the same number of opponents:)

Several years ago it was a standard starter on weddings, usually nowadays you are faced with a choice: tripe soup or chicken soup (http://cookinpolish.com/polish-broth-chicken-soup/).

Using tripe, liver and other offal parts for me is a respect for the animal, that gave his life so that we could eat it. Some may say it is also in line with ‘zero waste’ trend that is getting more and more popular nowadays. I support it!

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Lenten Cabbage with mushrooms/ Kapusta postna

Lenten cabbage with mushrooms is usually served on Christmas Eve, but it is also popular dish during Lent. Healthy, sour – enjoy!

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