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)_/¯
This might not be shocking to hear, but beets show up quite a bit in Slavic cooking. Most famously, they are the star ingredient of various borscht/barszcz recipes accoss the region, and ćwikła, a grated beet and horseradish condiment that is almost always served on Easter and many Passover meals. Continue reading
The humble potato shines in this basic recipe and makes approximately 65 heavenly potato pillows. Kluski are delicious when fried with some butter and breadcrumbs on a pan, with a mushroom sauce, or in soups. I’m pretty sure that this is the second most popular form of potato in Poland, right after potato and cheese pierogi 🙂 Continue reading
My grandmother has the most amazing raspberries and plums growing in her backyard. These same plums are behind the amazing homemade śliwowica (plum brandy/life elixir) that my cousins make, but that’s for another time! Continue reading
I’ve already raved about buckwheat in a savory recipe post, so I don’t need to do it again here! Roasted buckwheat for breakfast might sound strange to some, but it’s a great way to start the day. You can add whatever you might add to oatmeal to this, but I had strawberries, raisins, and almonds on hand for this recipe. Continue reading
Naleśniki are a basically the Polish version of French crepes. I guess these are also like blintzes (?) but I won’t try to wrap my head around the differences, if there are any (I actually think they are the same). I simply know them as naleśniki and they are fantastic! Continue reading
It is still pretty warm out but tomatoes are nearing the end of their season. To honor the tomato, here is a very simple salad that includes some of my favorite ingredients including dill (aka Polish air freshener). Continue reading
Oh man, I remember running home after school as a little girl to get my hands on some hot zapiekanki…ahhh memories. Zapiekanki are toasted open-face baguettes that are typically topped with mushrooms, onions, cheese, and ketchup. But really, they are communist food shortage pizzas from Poland. This poor man’s pizza is the product of hard times in 1970s Poland that saw an astronomical rise in basic Continue reading
Alright, so I wanted some blinis and smoked salmon the other day (how Russian — привет!). I went to the store to get some smoked salmon, which is already a bit indulgent, and saw there were some blinis as well. I was feeling lazy and I thought, what the heck, I’ll get store bought. Welllll, that’s before I looked at the price. Let’s just say they were a bit expensive for glorified mini pancakes, and, they weren’t even made of buckwheat flour! Homemade it is then.
This is as simple as a recipe can get. It is a summer staple and it is extremely refreshing on a hot day. Keep cool, and eat cucumbers!
- 4-5 mini cucumbers (thinly sliced)
- 2.5 tbsp. sour cream
- 1 tbsp. finely chopped dill
- 1 tbsp. finely chopped parsley
- Salt and black pepper