Viryta (Lithuanian Honey Liqueur)

Viryta (Lithuanian Honey Liqueur) Recipe By:FoodJunkie “This is a sweet, very potent beverage that can be found at Lithuanian festivals and Lithuanian social clubs in Baltimore. They usually pronounce it ‘VIT-a-tis’. Viryta is usually homemade by descendants of Lithuanian immigrants, using recipes that have been handed down through the generations, and is a popular commodity around the holidays. It took me years to finally get someone to teach me how to make it; most of the people around Baltimore who make it are very secretive about their family recipes! I’d probably catch an earful if she knew I posted it … Continue reading Viryta (Lithuanian Honey Liqueur)

Lithuanian Krupnikas

Lithuanian Krupnikas Recipe By:JOENAUJOKAS “Lithuanian spiced honey liqueur. Serve warm as a traditional Eastern European cold remedy – a quick heat-up in the microwave works great.” Ingredients 10 cardamom seeds 1/2 nutmeg seed 2 teaspoons caraway seed 10 whole cloves 10 whole allspice berries 4 (3 inch) cinnamon sticks 2 teaspoons whole peppercorns 1 pinch crushed saffron threads (optional) 2 (1 inch) pieces fresh ginger root 2 (1 inch) pieces fresh turmeric (yellow ginger) 3 large strips of orange zest 3 large strips of lemon zest 4 cups water 1 tablespoon vanilla extract 2 pounds honey 1 quart 190 proof … Continue reading Lithuanian Krupnikas

Lithuanian Kugelis

Lithuanian Kugelis Recipe By:J Sell Sr/Jr “This is a Lithuanian dish that my family makes mainly during the holiday season. It goes great with ham or turkey. It is also served in many authentic European restaurants. This recipe is time consuming but well worth the work put into it. This is a ‘stick to your ribs’ dish and is in no way considered lo-cal or healthy. A dollop of sour cream on top of each piece is a great topping.” Ingredients 1 pound bacon, diced 2 large onions, diced 1/2 cup butter 5 pounds russet potatoes, peeled and shredded 1 … Continue reading Lithuanian Kugelis

Ukrainian Country Babka

Ukrainian Country Babka Recipe By:Olga Drozd “This Ukrainian Country Babka is not as rich, it has less eggs. Some Babka’s may have as many as 30 eggs. You can also add pumpkin to this recipe for richer flavor. Perfect for special occasions.” Ingredients 2 teaspoons white sugar 1/2 cup lukewarm water 2 (.25 ounce) packages active dry yeast 1 cup milk, scalded and cooled 1 cup all-purpose flour 6 eggs 1 teaspoon salt 1 cup white sugar 1 cup butter, melted 2 tablespoons lemon zest 5 1/2 cups bread flour 1 cup raisins Directions In a small bowl, combine 2 … Continue reading Ukrainian Country Babka

Ukrainian Apple Cake (Yabluchnyk)

Ukrainian Apple Cake (Yabluchnyk) Recipe By:Olga Drozd “Here is a delicious cake which is easy to prepare. You can also use this pastry base with pitted cherries, plums, or sliced peaches.” Ingredients 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 1/4 cup white sugar 1/4 teaspoon salt 2 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 cup butter 1 egg, beaten 1/3 cup cream 4 large apple – peeled, cored and thinly sliced Struesel Topping 2 tablespoons cold butter 1/2 cup brown sugar 2 tablespoons flour 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon Directions Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Lightly butter an 8 inch square baking … Continue reading Ukrainian Apple Cake (Yabluchnyk)

Ukrainian Red Borscht Soup

Ukrainian Red Borscht Soup Recipe By:Patti “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.” Ingredients 1 (16 ounce) package pork sausage 3 medium beets, peeled and shredded 3 carrots, peeled and shredded 3 medium baking potatoes, peeled and cubed 1 tablespoon vegetable oil 1 medium onion, chopped 1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste 3/4 cup water 1/2 medium head cabbage, cored and shredded 1 (8 ounce) can diced tomatoes, drained 3 cloves garlic, minced salt and pepper to taste … Continue reading Ukrainian Red Borscht Soup

Ukrainian Sandwichs

Ukrainian Sandwiches Recipe By:UKRAINIANCOOK “These open faced Ukrainian sandwiches are very easy to make and are really good. If you can find Eastern European style sausage then try it with that, otherwise use your favorite cold cuts. They are called ‘Kanapki’ in Ukrainian.” Ingredients 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened 1/2 cup butter, softened 1 tablespoon minced garlic 2 loaves French bread, sliced 1 pound sliced sausage of your choice 1 cucumber, sliced 3 medium tomatoes, sliced 1 hard-cooked egg, chopped Directions In a small bowl, stir together the cream cheese, butter and garlic. Spread some of this onto … Continue reading Ukrainian Sandwichs

Albondigas Soup

Albondigas Soup “A rich, filling version of Mexican meatball soup. I make the meatballs ahead and freeze them to use as needed. Mild or hot salsa may be used; green chili salsa works particularly well!” Ingredients 1 pound lean ground beef 1/4 pound pork sausage 1 onion, chopped 1 egg, beaten 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder 1/4 cup milk 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil 1/2 cup cornmeal 6 (14 ounce) cans beef broth 1 (8 ounce) jar salsa 1 onion, chopped 2 (14.5 ounce) cans peeled and diced tomatoes 1/2 teaspoon dried basil … Continue reading Albondigas Soup

Hoisin Sauce Home Made

Hoisin Sauce Home Made Recipe By:lysis “This is a thick, spicy, tangy, sweet, savory Asian sauce, super quick and easy. Perfect as a dipping sauce and marinade. I usually make my own since I have problems with MSG that are normally found in most prepared store-bought sauces. This is a versatile sauce for finger foods and appetizers, for marinating pork, chicken, beef, tofu, and vegetables, as an addition to barbeque sauces, or to complete dishes like mu shu pork, onion pancakes, pot stickers, and dim sum.” Ingredients 6 tablespoons soy sauce 2 tablespoons seasoned rice vinegar 2 cloves garlic, pressed … Continue reading Hoisin Sauce Home Made

Pacific Cuban Black Beans and Rice

Pacific Cuban Black Beans and Rice Recipe By:Fancy Nancy “I am not claiming this to be an authentic Cuban dish, rather my version of it. I hope that you enjoy. Garnish with chopped green onions, chopped cilantro, lime wedges, and sour cream.” Ingredients 4 cups water 2 cups rice 3 tablespoons olive oil 1 onion, chopped 1 bell pepper, chopped 2 carrots, peeled and chopped 2 ribs celery, chopped 1 tablespoon minced garlic 2 (15 ounce) cans black beans 2 smoked Spanish chorizo sausage links, coarsely chopped 1 cup chicken stock 1 (8 ounce) jar picante sauce 2 bay leaves … Continue reading Pacific Cuban Black Beans and Rice