Central and Eastern European Cuisine

Adjika – Georgian Style Chilli Paste

Ajika is a hot, spicy but subtly flavoured paste often used to flavour food mainly in the Caucasian regions of Abkhazia and Samegrelo. Ajika is usually red, though green ajika can be made with unripe peppers.

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Alexandertorte, also known as Alexander Torte or Aleksander Torte, is a Latvian dessert. Consisting of pastry strips filled with raspberry preserves or raspberry jam, it is traditionally eaten as a lunch or dinner dessert, but it can also be served at tea. It should be made a day or so before it is planned to serve, because the icing must be hard before the torte is cut.

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Bauernfrühstück – German Farmer’s Breakfast

A quick, one-pan dish, perfect for the weekend! This hearty recipe from northern Germany serves two and might remind you of the English bubble and squeak, French omelette or Spanish tortilla.

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Borscht is a soup of Ukrainian origin that is popular in many Eastern and Central European countries. In most of these countries, it is made with beetroot as the main ingredient, giving it a deep reddish-purple colour.

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Bramboráčky – Savoury Potato Pancakes

Bramboráčky are shallow-fried pancakes of grated potato, flour and egg, often flavoured with grated onion or garlic and seasoning. These fried potato pancakes are a great accompaniment to beer.

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Brotsuppe – Bread Soup

Brotsuppe (bread soup) is a simple soup that mainly consists of stale bread in a meat or sausage broth. Variations exist in many countries, and it is often eaten during Lent.

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Chebureki – Russian Beef Pasties

Chebureki, sometimes spelled chiburekki, is a deep-fried turnover with a filling of minced meat and onions. It is made with a single round piece of dough folded over the filling in a half-moon shape.

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This is a great dish of meat and vegetables cooked in a tasty spicy broth.

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Currywurst is a street food or fast food dish of German origin consisting of steamed, then fried pork sausage (German: Bratwurst) typically cut into slices and seasoned with curry ketchup, a sauce based on spiced ketchup or tomato paste, itself topped with curry powder, or a ready-made ketchup seasoned with curry and other spices. The …

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Frankfurter Bethmännchen – A Christmas pastry

Originally baked by the Bethelmann family in Frankfurt, these little guys are now a special holiday treat everywhere!

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German Potato Salad with Beer Dressing

This potato salad is also known as Kartoffelsalat and is popular throughout Germany.

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The Gugelhupf is the Southern German version of the bundt cake and the Italian Panettone. Traditionally, it is a cake, made with a yeast dough, and baked in a special, bundt-style cake pan.

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Halászlé – Hungarian Fisherman’s Soup

Halászlé Hungarian Fishermans soup is a hot, spicy paprika-based river fish soup, originating as a dish of Hungarian cuisine and is famous for being very hot and spicy which you can adjust to taste.

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Hungarian or Magyar Cuisine

Hungarians are especially passionate about their soups, desserts and pastries and stuffed pancakes (palacsinta), with fierce rivalries between regional variations of the same dish, (like the Hungarian hot fish soup called Fisherman’s Soup or halászlé).

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Kartoffelsalat – Bavarian-style Potato Salad

Here’s a delicious Bavarian potato salad, made unique by its lack of mayonnaise. This kind of potato salad would typically be served in southern Germany (Bavaria and Black Forest) and in the adjoining parts of Austria.

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Khmeli Suneli – Georgian Style Dry Spice

Khmeli suneli is a traditional Georgian spicy herbs mixture. It is popular in Georgia and entire Caucasus region. This recipe is to a Georgian cuisine what curry powder is to an Indian cuisien. No set formula exists for making this mixture, as the proportions of herbs change to complement whatever dish is being prepared.

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Klobasnek – Sausage in a Roll

A klobasnek (klobasniky), is a savoury finger food of Czech origin often thought to be a variation of the kolache; however, most Czechs hold the distinction that kolache are only filled with non-meat fillings. Klobasniky are similar in style to a pigs in a blanket or sausage roll but wrapped in kolache dough.

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Kutia – Slavic Christmas Poppy Seed Dessert

A Slavic Christmas concoction of poppy seeds, honey, wheat, nuts and fruit was consumed on the longest night of the year, during a ritual to remember family ancestors. The dish has survived for millennia and has been adopted as part of the Christian Christmas Eve tradition.

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Makówki – Silesian Poppy Seed Bread Pudding

A traditional poppy seed-based dessert from Central Europe. It is most notable in Silesia, where it is served almost exclusively on Christmas Eve (and perhaps on the following days, as long as the supply prepared for Christmas lasts).

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Malina Bublanina – Raspberry Bubble Cake

The universal Czechoslovakian cake, called Bublanina, varies with the season and the fruit that is available. It’s a bit like a coffeecake in texture and is probably why it is sometimes served as a breakfast pastry. Commonly used fruits are raspberries, sweet cherries, tart cherries, plums, nectarines, apricots, strawberries and blueberries.

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