Pierogi are addicting.
The most common fillings are potato and cheese, ground meat, and sauerkraut and mushroom. Sweet cheese and berries are also popular.
They can be served boiled or fried, almost always have a side of sour cream, and the savory versions are usually topped with diced caramelized onions.
Today, we will work on the potato and cheese, aka ruskie pierogi. Continue reading
- 1 head of cauliflower
- 1/2 cup sunflower oil
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
- 1/2 tsp. onion powder
- 1/4 tsp. Hungarian paprika
Farmer’s Cheese Dipping Sauce:
- 4 tbsp. sour cream
- 4 tbsp. farmer’s cheese (twaróg)
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 1 tsp. fresh chopped parsley
- 1 tsp. fresh chopped dill
Polonaise is the French word for Polish. It refers to a traditional dance, music played in the rhythm of a polonaise (including Chopin’s masterpiece (Polonaise in A-flat major, Op. 53 [Polonaise héroïque]), and dishes garnished with breadcrumbs! Coincidentally, it takes about as long as that video to make this dish, bringing me to proclaim it as the soundtrack to cooking green beans polonaise!
I always have Italian breadcrumbs on hand, which usually have some seasoning and dried parsley. I find that they work best for this. Continue reading
I know people in the US associate Polish cuisine with a lot of meat, and don’t get me wrong, the Poles make great kiełbasa and roasts BUT there are A LOT more vegetable dishes than people realize. There is a wide variety of raw starter salads (surówki) and vegetable side dishes, including this one. Culinary stereotypes be damned.
Hey, cabbage is also apparently very good for you, so eat it!
Hey, this ingredient list looks familiar! Yep, because it’s the exact same as the homemade vegetable stock, just with chicken and thyme. The chicken from this stock tastes good, so don’t you dare discard the meat at the end! This stock will be a great base for almost any soup. Continue reading
Homemade stock will make your home smell incredible. This is the one we made in Poland, where we had all of these ingredients growing out back.
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
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!
You can’t have too many mushroom recipes. So here’s another one.
- 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)
Zucchini is an underestimated vegetable (well, technically, an underestimated fruit). Just look at how beautiful these zucchinis are!