Polish cuisine is full of potatoes dishes. It is a cheap vegetable and can be easily stored during winter. In old times it was a poor food, easy to grow, easy to cook and easy to fill the stomach.The old Polish cook book gives a simple recipe for potato pancakes. They are a bit like American hash browns. Try Polish Potato Pancakes and decide which one of them you prefer:)
If you are too lazy to stand in kitchen at the frying pan for several minutes, you may like potato pie, traditional regional meal in Podlasie- a region in north – eastern Poland. Check here for recipe: Polish Potato Pie.
Polish Żurek is a soup traditionally prepared for Easter. In some Polish families White Borsch is cooked instead of Żurek, the difference is Kvas/ sourdough that is used. For Żurek- rye sourdough, for Borsch – wheat sour starter.
If you plan to cook traditional Polish Sour Soup Żurek, you need a rye sourdough. You can buy one in Polish store or – I encourage you to- make one at home. It takes few days for the fermentation to make it job, so few days before making Żurek, follow these instructions: http://cookinpolish.com/sourdough-for-sour-soup-zakwas-na-zurek/.
Sourdough is a basic ingredient of Żurek, traditional Polish soup, prepared for Easter. It can be also called: kvas or sour starter, and is made by fermenting rye (for Żurek) or wheat (for White Borsch) flour. The process is easy, although you need few days to have your own homemade sour starter.
There is a whole variety kinds of sourdough, that you can prepare and use for soups, it depends on the flour you use. I prefer oatmeal one, because you can get very fresh flour on the spot- all you need to do is to grind oatmeal in an old coffee mill:) If you plan to make 100% traditional Żurek, use rye flour and follow the instructions below.
Beets Borscht with Uszka is traditionally prepared for Christmas Eve in many Polish homes. As the opposite to borscht sometimes forest mushrooms soup is prepared, but not in my family house- we love beets borscht:)
Last weekend me and my husband Robert decided to prepare a full 2 course meal for our family of 4. Traditional and standard;) Polish dinner on Sunday is a rich broth and Kotlety schabowe: Polish breaded pork cutlets. They can be compared to Austrian Wiener Schnitzel, but does not have to be prepared from veal.
We went to the local market where you can get vegetables and meat directly from farmers.
If you plan to cook natural, healthy and delicious Polish beets Borscht, for example for Polish traditional Christmas Eve, you need to prepare beets kvas/ sourdough for borscht few days before. Kvas is actually a water from fermented beets.
From this amounts of ingredients you will get about 2 portions od kvas to borscht. I usually prepare more sourdough. One portion I use for Borscht and the rest I refrigerate and drink everyday half a cup of it. I love this taste, it is also very healthy drink. When you drink kvas, you get vitamins, minerals and probiotics. It’s so good to your immune.