Eastern European Recipes

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Rating: 4.54 stars
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.

Serbian Cevapcici

Rating: 4.55 stars
A delicious little sausage-like meat. Great served as a sandwich.

Slovak Stuffed Cabbage

Rating: 4.52 stars
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!

Solianka or Russian Beef Soup

Rating: 4.78 stars
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.

Real Hungarian Goulash (No Tomato Paste Here)

Rating: 4.38 stars
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.

Rice Bread (Pirog)

Rating: 4.67 stars
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!

Simple Golabki

Rating: 4.34 stars
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)

Rating: 4.18 stars
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.

Klupskies (Polish Burgers)

Rating: 4.49 stars
This recipe is a family favorite that was passed down over the generations. Grandma and Pap just ate them plain, with a fork (sometimes dipped in ketchup), but our family likes to top these burgers with cheese and serve on a hamburger bun in a the traditional way. I have also seen these referred to as Kotlety Mielone. These can also be cooked on the grill.

Russian Tea Cakes I

Rating: 4.68 stars
This is a family recipe that's been made at Christmas time by at least 4 generations. This year will be the first for number 5!!! 'Bubba' brought it with her when she came from Lithuania. I pass it on in the true spirit of this season!

Stuffed Cabbage Rolls

Rating: 4.36 stars
I don't know where I got this recipe, but I have been using it for well over 20 years. Works well in a slow cooker.

Ukrainian Red Borscht Soup

Rating: 4.49 stars
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.

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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)

Haluski - Cabbage and Noodles

Rating: 4.61 stars

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