Brussels Sprouts with Kiełbasa and Pistachios (Brukselka z kiełbasą)

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Brussels sprouts are really great when roasted or seared. When they’re boiled or steamed? Ehhhhhh, not as much.

You can simply omit the kiełbasa if you don’t eat meat. They will still be delicious, because browned brussels sprouts on their own have a really wonderful flavor. Continue reading

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Roasted Squash and Garlic Soup

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Roasted vegetables are simply so much more flavorful than those cooked using other methods.

Sweet potatoes can be used instead of yellow potatoes, and other gourds can be used as well. Find the combination that you like!
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Sautéed Balsamic Honey Rosemary Mushrooms

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You can’t have too many mushroom recipes. So here’s another one.

Ingredients

  • 24 oz. cremini / baby bells mushrooms
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 pinch red pepper flakes
  • 1.5 tbsp. balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 tbsp. honey
  • 1/2 tsp. chopped fresh rosemary (thyme could be used instead)
  • 1/4 tsp. onion powder
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 tbsp. oil (vegetable or olive)
  • 1/2 tsp. butter
  • chopped parsley for garnish (optional)
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Pickled Herring on Rye Toast

Well shoot, I’ll say it—I love pickled herring! Pickled herring, śledzie in Polish, are popular throughout the entire Baltic region. There are even a few bars in Kraków dedicated to herring and vodka (oh yes, I went…listen man, to each his own). Continue reading

Cottage Cheese with Herbs

This is just about the fastest thing you can whip together and is perfect on a toasted piece of rye bread!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup cottage cheese
  • 1 scallion finely, finely chopped (about 2 tbsp)
  • 1 small handful fresh dill, chopped (about 2 tbsp)
  • 2 pinches onion powder
  • 1 pinch fresh ground black pepper
  • 2 pinches salt
  • toasted bread of choice

Directions:

In a bowl, add cottage cheese, scallions, dill, onion powder, salt and pepper. Mix until evenly distributed.

Toast bread and spread a thin layer of cottage cheese mix on bread.

Eat and enjoy!

Onion Pastry (Cebularze)

Living in New York, you come across bialys in many supermarkets. Now, as you may know, bialys are essentially baked flat bagels with an onion center, and they originate in Białystok, Poland (hence the name). I have a problem with many of these 2017 “bialys” because most of them barely have any onion ARGHHH! There is a similar regional pastry from Lublin called lubelskie cebularze. These have a slightly more yeasty and airy dough, and are topped with onion and poppy seeds. This recipe is more similar to that of lubelskie cebularze but differs in that the onions are caramelized before they top the dough and are baked. Anyway, if you like bialys, you will probably like this recipe. These buns have A LOT of onion toppings, but you can tone it down with less…I guess. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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Ground Meat Patties (Kotlety Mielone)


Kotlety mielone, or ground meat patties, are a home cooking classic. These are easy to make and are great as left overs so you can make a few days worth of dinner at once woooo! You can also use any kind of ground meat you like, just make sure you get the best quality meat you can find. Using raw grated onion is the way to go here in my humble opinion…the flavor gets evenly distributed, and it’s just the way I’ve always seen it done!
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