Hreczanyki – patties with buckwheat and ground meat – are of Ukrainian origins, still after XX century war migration they came to Poland and now they are a popular dish in a region of Bieszczady. I was looking for a dish that links Poland and Ukraine. In this dramatic time I am donating, I am sending clothing and hygiene stuff to people on Ukrainian border, I helped as a volunteer with organization of help, but this is what I decided to do as a cook.
There is quite a lot of work with Potato Stuffed Cabbage Rolls preparation, but the taste is so good, that you need to check it out. The recipe comes from the eastern borderlands, I found information that they were cooked in Lviv, which is a territory of today’s Ukraine. I cannot stop thinking about a situation of Ukraine people’s nightmare, that is going on right now. Let’s pray, so that the war was stopped and Ukrainians could live in a free country.
Lately, while looking for some new not so popular Polish Christmas Eve traditions and foods, I came across recipe for Christmas Eve Beans. Next day I found this year’s fresh “Jaś” beans on a farmers market and decided to check it out.
Recipe is really easy, I tried it and I loved it. Let me present it to you.
Galareta, Zimne Nogi, Zimne Nóżki, Studzienina, Nóżki w Galarecie, Galert
All of the names above have the same meaning, they describe one Polish dish – Jellied Pigs Feet. In my family house we called it Galareta as it actually is and looks like a meat and veggies jelly. You don’t add extra gelatin as bones and skin has plenty of collagen and makes natural jelly. This is why pigs feet cannot be omitted in this recipe, you wouldn’t get broth set without it, you’ll get a soup instead of Jellied Pigs Feet.
I found Potato Copa Śląska recipe looking for plum cooking ideas. It so reminded me of Plum Knedle – the same ingredients, the same deliciousness. Making Copa is for me actually a lazy way to have the same great flavor, without time consuming knedle preparation. Silesian cuisine is still a greenfield for me, but all silesian dishes I know are super delicious.
Once I came across fresh large bean on the local farmer market, I wanted to cook bean and sausage soup. The bean was called Piękny Jaś, meaning: Handsome Johnny:) This flat, kidney-shaped bean is white, large, delicate and a little bit sweat in taste. It is actually a regional specialty, specific to south of Poland, original Piękny Jaś is the one grown in Nowy Sącz areas.
Which means that we tend to appreciate more something that is abroad while we are not aware of resources we have. It reminds me of our polish rapeseed oil. Many people use oil of olive, while we have our own super- oil! Rapeseed oil is healthy, it’s cheap, it’s produced locally, probably that are the reasons it is the most popular oil in Poland. You can find rapeseed oil in most of Polish households and in 100% of grocery stores:) We use it, but at the same time we don’t appreciate it as much as we should. Let me present some facts on rapeseed oil.
Years ago my Grandma Emilka was preparing these yeast dumplings for Christmas Eve, she was using her own recipe – some of this and a handful of that, just like an experienced Polish cook. Nowadays my sister Kasia got over- she recreated recipe and now she is making the best Grandma’s Yeast Dumplings. They are filled with either forest mushrooms and sauerkraut (perfect with beets borscht too) or: poppy seed filling (served as a Christmas Eve dessert).
I advise you to make the filling a day before, because one day preparations might be overwhelming.
Make a double or triple portion of the filling, if you plan to make also dumplings or poppy seed roll. Filling can be stored in a fridge for 2-3 days or you can freeze it for later.
I have been eating this dish last Summer in a restaurant in Chełm – Gęsie Sprawki. I knew this place from restaurants makeover TV show on Polish TV: Kuchenne Rewolucje by Magda Gessler and I really wanted to try dishes over there. Goose Gizzards – Gęsie Pipki is a creamy garlic stew made of goose gizzards, soft and tender, delicately garlic, delicious. Gęsie Pipki is a Polish name for it – it comes from regional cuisine and might be found funny for Poles:)
I decided that I need to copycat this recipe. I did. And I succeed:) I was 100% satisfied with my Goose Gizzards Gęsie Pipki, they were soft, creamy, I added more garlic to my taste and served it with buckwheat. Yum!
I am not really familiar with Silesian cuisine, as I was raised in Mazuria area in the North of Poland. I like Silesian dumplings and few times made roulades and both where delicious, so I keep exploring other dishes of Silesian cuisine. This time I tried Szałot – Silesian Herring Salad made with one not so obvious ingredient- bacon or fried sausage.
In two weeks we are going to visit Lublin. Each time we are going for holidays we try to get to know as much as possible about the region we go. Kids task was to check Lublin area legends, I am checking regional cuisine and trying to find places to eat the best regional food. One of the most popular regional dishes from Lublin voivodship are Cebularze Lubelskie – Onion Rolls with onion and poppy seeds filling. We are definitely having them once we are on holidays, but first I made them myself. They turned out aromatic, filling and comforting. Very nice for Polish second breakfast 😀 or a perfect snack while Lublin sightseeing.
I have lately discovered Fuczki – Sauerkraut Pancakes. I was surprised when I was frying Fuczki – their flavor reminded me of Sauerkraut Croquettes, which I love, but which are quite time consuming at the same time. It is so much easier and quicker to make Fuczki – sauerkraut pancakes!
This Chłodnik – cold soup – my Grandma was making us quite often, we loved to eat it accompanied by boiled potatoes sprinkled with sauteed onions and/or fried bacon. I remember that we used to have only one shared plate of potatoes (with onions, bacon and dill) for the whole family and we would scooped some potatoes and fill the spoon up with chłodnik from our own bowl.
Chłodnik – cold soup is easy and really quick to do. It’s enough to cut the vegetables and combine them with sour milk or other favorite milk drink, such as buttermilk or kefir. We’ve usually used sour milk- zsiadłe mleko, as it was the most easily available at that time. Our neighbor had a cow and we used to get fresh milk from her. My Grandma would left some milk on the counter covered with a cloth and after 2 days sour milk have been ready. Now it is hard to make a decent sour milk out of the carton milk or it may be even impossible.
Today there is something special for you, a great guest on my blog, let me introduce you my friend’s Grandma. She is leaving in the Eastern Poland in Włodawa, near Belarus and Ukrainian border and has made thousands of pierogi in her life:) Her favorite are Pierogi Ruskie, made with potato and cheese filling. Ladies and Gentelmen, best Grandma’s Potato & Cheese Pierogi!
Prażoki is a dish made of cooked potatoes with the addition of wheat flour. Kind of mashed potatoes, usually served with sauteed onions and greaves.
I saw Prażoki for the first time in a food TV programme and they were introduced as a Kurpie dish. When I checked internet cooking forums I found out that Prażoki are known all over the Poland, but under several names. Some people call it prazoki, other prażuchy, but also completely different names are used like: porka, fusier, psiocha, kamza or lemieszka:)
Dumplings are Polish favorite dish. They can have a whole range of fillings: sauerkraut, meat, farmers cheese, fruits. For Christmas Eve meatless pierogi should be on your menu:) They can be served with Beets Borscht.
I had Zamojskie Buckwheat Dumplings for the first time when I was in college. I went with other students for hiking in Bieszczady Mountains. On a way back my friend Kasia took me to her hometown: Krasnystaw, near Lublin and Zamość. Her mum cooked Buckwheat Dumplings and they were delicious. My new favorite dumpling flavor:)
Lately I found out that buckwheat dumplings are specialty of this area of Poland. They are called Zamojskie (from Zamość), and sometimes Lubelskie (from Lublin).
Last weekend we went to Mazuria district to visit my parents. It was the second year we celebrated our family’s Baked Potato Day:) After dark we lighted a campfire and we baked sausages and potatoes. My sister-in-law, Marzena told us about an onion water from Kurpie, she tried few years ago visiting her friends. It sounded interesting, so I asked google and found an easy recipe I followed: Woda cebulowa. Actually when we were drinking it, we remembered that our Grandma was sometimes preparing this kind of drink and we had it with boiled potatoes, only she was also adding sour cream and called it Kvas.
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/.
Polish farmer’s potato and sausage casserole 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. It’s a budget dish, the main ingredient are potatoes, which are cheap and filling.