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Old 07-16-2007, 05:38 PM   #1
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Eastern European food?

Eastern European Food is prob the least understood food in my opinion . I wanted to create a thread where we could exchange recipes and discuss the different types of food in eastern europe.

This is a recipe provided to me by mudbug in my polish thread to start things of.


Hiya, Nick, and bienvenue to DiscussCooking.

Here's one you might like. Unfortunately when I copied it from our wonderful site here, I forgot to add the name of the original poster so I can't give the proper credit to someone who actually made me like sauerkraut (in this dish only!)


Czech Chicken and Sauerkraut

8 Chicken thighs
1 Tsp. salt
2 Tbsp. margarine (or butter)

1/2 cup chopped onion
1 lb sauerkraut (try to find Polish or German kraut in a jar.)
1/2 cup water
2 Tbsp. caraway seeds
dash of pepper
1/4 cup brown sugar
several parboiled/steamed potato chunks, drained
2 cooking apples, cored and cut into thin wedges

Sprinkle chicken with salt and brown on both sides in margarine/butter in a large skillet. Add onion and cook until tender. Sprinkle some caraway seeds over the chicken as it browns. Mix together the kraut, water, caraway, pepper, brown sugar and potatoes. Add to chicken and onion and mix well. Cover skillet and cook 10-12 minutes or until chicken is tender.

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Old 07-16-2007, 07:00 PM   #2
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Nick, I kina started something similar with the paprika thread.Will post recipes there (HU ones) and other things here maybe?
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Old 07-16-2007, 09:01 PM   #3
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and also there is my ukranian thread
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Old 07-16-2007, 09:28 PM   #4
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What is it called Charlie? Can't find it, would love to see it!
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Old 07-16-2007, 09:36 PM   #5
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Click HERE for the link. You will soon find out that CharlieD is a wonderful addition to our community!
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Old 07-16-2007, 09:43 PM   #6
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Oh, you beat me to it, and thank you for the kind words.
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Old 07-16-2007, 10:27 PM   #7
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Oh, you beat me to it, and thank you for the kind words.
It took a little work as the title is a bit "off" from what I was looking for - and I was looking for a thread started by YOU, not me!
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Old 07-16-2007, 11:09 PM   #8
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As a 100% Czech all-round (both sides of the family going back all the way to the "old country") I grew up with a lot of authentic Czech cooking, & make a lot of it myself. In fact, my late great-aunt left me her ancient Bohemian cookbook, which I really relish.

My grandmother used to make a similar recipe to the "Czech Chicken and Sauerkraut" recipe above, but minus the brown sugar & the apples.

Caraway seed, sauerkraut, & poultry figured largely in our Czech dishes, but they were rarely sweet (except for all the wonderful pastries!!!). Also, all the recipes called for whole cut-up chicken pieces, as back then particular chicken parts weren't available in stores unless you went to a specialty butcher. Sadly, the days of the specialty butcher shop have been reduced to almost nothing except in particular very lucky neighborhoods. (Although I obviously think it's great that we can now get specific poultry parts in the local supermarket - lol!!!)

I don't have the recipe in front of me, but by far one of my favorite Czech chicken dishes was chicken in a sour cream/dill sauce with Czech Bread Dumplings, plain buttered carrots, & "maybe" a salad on the side. Typical "Sunday Dinner" Czech fare in our household. I believe, phonetically, the dish was called "Varnitchka". Again - that's just phonetic on my part. If anyone is interested in it further, I can check with both mom & my cookbook tomorrow - lol!!!
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Old 07-17-2007, 04:00 AM   #9
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Please do the varnitchka sounds good so does the unsweet chicken dish. Feel free to send recipes on this thread .
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kitchenelf thanks for the link! It's great!
Charlie how about more of the recipes?
Breezy you could start a chech thread maybe..?! Please!
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