Kartacze – Polish Potato Dumplings

Kartacze – Polish Potato Dumplings are made of raw potatoes with small (or non) addition of cooked ones. They are regional dish in Podlasie – North- Western part of Poland. Go to Białystok to try the best Kartacze ever:) Or make them yourself:)

In my family house we called them Kołduny, so the naming may vary:) My Grandma and Mum were born and raised on the present territory of Belarus, but back then it was Poland, language and cuisines mixed. Kartacze can also be called Cepeliny (dish with Lithuanian origins).

There is a range of Polish potato dumplings, they vary in size and ingredients, whether cooked or raw potatoes are used, what kind of flour is used and is it served as a side dish or a main course. If you are not sure which potato dumplings you like the most, check my short comparison of Polish potato dumplings with pictures and recipes: http://cookinpolish.com/5-kinds-of-polish-potato-dumplings/.

Kartacze Polish Potato Dumplings served on a plate with sauteed onions.
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Polish Pork Stew with Kluski Śląskie

Yesterday I cooked Polish Pork Stew with Kluski Śląskie. Silesian Potato dumplings are on the official list of traditional food of Silesian voivodeship. They are easy to prepare and delicious. A pork stew with sauce will make the serving complete, as the sauce is gathering in a dumpling’s hollows and stores the taste:)

Upper Silesia is located at the South of Poland and usually is associated with coal mining. There are many industrial cities, that eventually grew up into a big metropolis. Silesian dialect is hard to understand by other Polish people, that there are debates to recognize it as a different language.
l invite you to try Silesian cuisine.

Polish Pork Stew with Silesian Potato Dumplings served on the plate.
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Yeast cake/ Ciasto drożdżowe

Yeast cake is a bit demanding and difficult to me:) Probably it is a case of experience, or in my case – luck of experience:) Anyway, I don’t give up:)

Recently I received a recipe for a yeast cake from my friend Victoria. This is her grandma’s recipe and her family use it for years. She says it is easy and you cannot spoil it:)

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Sweet Sauerkraut soup/ Byczki

This is not a popular soup in Poland nowadays, but this is a soup my grandma was cooking years ago. Her roots were in Eastern Poland, she was born on the area, which after a II Worlds War has become a Belarus territory.

The taste is sweet and sour, one of my favorites.

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