Cooktop Cove: Serve up some Polish delicacies this week. Take a look at these recipes
By Sharla Ives
Potatoes, cabbage, sausage and vinegar. All these are staples of traditional Polish food. Whether you're looking to update the recipes your great-grandmother brought from her home country, or you just want to try your hand at ethnic food, these recipes are sure to make everyone at your table happy and full.
From scalloped potatoes flavored with Polish sausage to the more classic sausage and cabbage casserole, these dishes will remind those eating that awesome food is found around the world.
Pierogi bake
A traditional pierogi has a light, sealed crust in which mashed potatoes, sauerkraut and ground meat are stuffed. This recipe uses frozen pierogies that you can find in the supermarket -- they taste different but are much quicker to cook. Bacon, sour cream, cheese and green onions turn this dish into a loaded-potato casserole. Get the recipe here.
Polish potato, bacon and cabbage casserole
This dish is the ultimate Polish comfort food. It combines potatoes, cabbage and bacon for a hearty, warm casserole perfect for colder evenings. Heavy cream and mild cheese add a smoothness that contrasts nicely with the bacon's chewiness. Get the recipe here.
Polish potato pie
A bit of glorified latke plus frittata, this potato pie gets its body from hash browns. The recipe calls for fresh, grated potatoes, so there is a bit of prep work. However, the end result is worth it. Like latkes, toppings are part of the fun of eating this tasty dish. Add sour cream, shredded cheese and scallions. Get the recipe here.
Sausage and cabbage casserole
If you're somewhat tired of potato recipes, this casserole nixes the starchy tubers. Although cabbage easily can get overcooked and become mushy and tasteless, the sausage and chicken broth in this dish nicely flavor the cabbage. The recipe calls for diced sausage, but you can slice it into thin rounds if desired. Get the recipe here.
Kielbasa and potato casserole
Welcome back to the potatoes! This casserole is a tasty combination of basic cheesy scalloped potatoes with the addition of Polish sausage. If you can't find kielbasa at your grocery store, any smoked sausage will work. Slice the sausage thinly so it and the mandoline-sliced potatoes uniformly cook. Get the recipe here.
Sausage, apple and sauerkraut bake
Sweet and sour is a common Polish food combination. This recipe goes that route with the addition of apple cider and sauerkraut to kielbasa. A splash of apple cider vinegar works with the both the sourness of kraut and the sweetness of the cider. Get the recipe here.
Copyright 2016 Cooktop Cove