Eastern European Recipes

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Quick Bread


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My father and grandparents were born in Czechoslovakia. I use to watch my grandmother make these small pastries at Christmas time and I couldn't wait to eat them when she was all done. I do hope you will enjoy this recipe as much as I do. You will need a large area to work.
Ground Pork

Serbian Cevapcici

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A delicious little sausage-like meat. Great served as a sandwich.
Cabbage Rolls

Slovak Stuffed Cabbage

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I received this recipe from my grandmother. It was passed down to her from her grandmother. This can be made ahead of time and frozen for a few days prior to cooking. Enjoy!
Vegetable Soup

Solianka or Russian Beef Soup

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This is a traditional Russian soup that is served as a meal by itself. Vodka is usually served with it. Garnish with fresh lemon slices and sour cream.
Hungarian Recipes

Real Hungarian Goulash (No Tomato Paste Here)

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It's hard to find a real Hungarian recipe for goulash. This is the real thing. Real goulash has no tomato paste or beans. Eat with a slice of rustic bread. Dip bread in sauce and clean the plate with the bread at the end. Can be eaten with spaetzle.
Yeast Bread

Rice Bread (Pirog)

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This is one of our family's traditional recipes, a regional Polish sweet bread with rice filling (From Breaking Bread: A Family History Preserved By Seven Sisters). It makes a wonderful tea bread!
Polish Recipes

Simple Golabki

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This is an extremely reductive version of the traditional Polish dish, Golabki or Stuffed Cabbage Rolls. This recipe was given to my mother by her Polish mother-in-law several years ago. Simple Golabki is tasty, easy, and quick.

Bosnian Style Cornbread (Razljevak)

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This is a recipe from my hometown of Sarajevo, and it is similar to a southern cornbread. What makes it unique is the addition of semolina flour (or Cream of Wheat®). If you don't have semolina flour, you can just replace it with additional corn meal. This recipes also makes excellent muffins.

Ukrainian Red Borscht Soup

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My friend's mother from Ukraine taught me this recipe for the classic beet soup. It's as authentic as it gets. It can be served vegetarian-style by omitting the sausage.
Vegetable Soup

Hungarian Mushroom Soup

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My family loves soup and this is one of their favorites. It has lots of flavor and is fairly quick to make. It's primarily a mushroom soup but derives a lot of its flavor from other ingredients.

Haluski - Cabbage and Noodles

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Egg noodles with cooked chopped cabbage and onions - a great ethnic dish!
Russian Recipes

Beef Stroganoff III

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I have been making this recipe for over 20 years. This can be served over either rice or noodles. A little work but worth the effort.

Inspiration and Ideas

Porkolt (Hungarian Stew) Made With Pork

"Excellent: a flavorful and satisfying comfort food. I'm not sure what made this so darn good—the bacon maybe, or the sweet Hungarian paprika? A real hit." – naples34102

Old World Poppy Seed Roll

"Tender, soft, sweet, yeast bread swirled with a homemade poppy seed filling. Looks complicated, but is easy enough to make." – Linda (LMT)

Guluptsie (Cabbage Rolls)

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I remember my grandmother making these on special occasions, usually when she had a lot of hands to help her! This is time consuming but most excellent, and the rolls freeze well for later consumption.