What is it?
Potato dumplings with bryndza (a soft sheep's cheese) and cooked pieces of pork bacon or fat.
- 4 medium potatoes, grated
- 500g plain flour
- 1 egg
- Pinch of salt
- 200g bryndza cheese (If you can't find some try blue cheese or a soft goat's cheese. It won't be the same, but still good!)
- 150g sour cream
- 200g smoked bacon (block)
- Grate the potatoes. Add flour, an egg and salt until the mixture thickens. Add water to the mixture if the consistency is too thick. The mixture should be a slightly thicker cake batter, if you stick your mixing spoon in the mixture, it should stay put.
- Boil a large pot of water with a pinch of salt. Carefully dollop the batter into the water. You can put a portion of the batter on a cutting board and use a knife to cut the batter and drop it into the water. The halušky dumplings should be about the size of kidney beans.
- Repeat dolloping process into the boiling water until there is no more batter left. The halušky dumplings are ready when they float in the water. Drain the halušky dumplings and set aside. Do not rinse the cooked halusky with water.
- Cut smoked bacon block into small squares. Fry in a pan until golden brown. Set aside.
- In a bowl, mix together bryndza cheese and sour cream.
- To serve, mix halušky dumplings with bryndza mixture and garnish with bacon.
Breakfast traditionally includes bread with butter, ham, cheese, jams, boiled or fried eggs, salami and sliced vegetables. Slovaks typically eat lunch as the main meal of the day.
Lunch almost always has two courses. The first course is usually a soup. Some traditional lunch soups are bean soup, garlic soup, gulyás and cabbage soup with smoked sausage. The second lunch course is the main course, which can either be savoury or sweet. Savoury main courses often consist of meat with potatoes or rice and a side dish. A side dish can be as simple as sliced cucumbers in sour cream. However, side dishes are often eaten sweet as well: canned plums, apricots, peaches and cherries go alongside a main course. Usually, a sweet main course is not accompanied by a side dish.
Lastly, dinner in Slovakia can be a variety of foods. Sometimes it can be as simple as an open-faced sandwich or leftovers from lunch. Since dinner is not regarded as the main meal of the day, most people do not cook elaborate dinners and will have what is in the fridge.
Traditional savoury main courses are:
- Vyprážaný syr: fried cheese in bread crumbs, served with tartare sauce and potatoes, rice or French fries
- Zemiakové placky: potato pancakes, sometimes served with sour cream
- Kačica a lokše: roasted duck with potato pancakes (almost like a flat bread), served with steamed cabbage
Sweet main dishes include:
- Parené buchty: steamed dumplings filled with jam and topped with ground nuts or poppy seeds
- Rýžový nákyp: baked rice pudding
- Palacinky: crêpe-like pancakes with your choice of filling. Typical fillings include jam, chocolate spread or quark.
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