Christmas time is special time of the year. For many that also means you will eat your favorite food that your grandmother or your parents used to make, or even are making. For others who have to make their Christmas dinner for themselves we have brought in this article to show you some famous dishes from Slavic countries as Russia, Poland, Slovakia, Croatia, Serbia etc. If you hope to be inspired on what to prepare for this year, you are on the right place! Enjoy and marry Slavic Christmas to you and your families!
Kholodets or Aspic is a dish in which ingredients are also set into a cool gelatin made from a meat stock or consommé. Non-savory dishes, often made with commercial gelatin mixes without stock or consommé, are usually called gelatin salads.
Red Lentil soup
Lentil soup refers to a variety of vegetarian and meat soups made with lentils as you would imagine. The soup may consist of green, brown, red, yellow or black lentils, with or without the husk. De-hulled very yellow and bright red lentils disintegrate in cooking, making a thick soup. Very popular dish in Russia, but to an extent among other Slavs also.
Long established Christian communities such have pork dishes as part of their main course of their Christmas dinner. Most popular choice among Balkan Slavs would be lamb on roast.
Goose, Duck or Turkey
Roast turkey is the most common choice of meal during Christmas in most of the Slavic countries. However sometimes people make duck or goose and even combine it with pork/lamb. This is popular equally among all Slavic nations.
A blin or blintz is a type of thin pancake. Blintzes are thin pancakes that typically lack a leavening agent and are similar to crêpes, whereas blini are typically thicker and include a leavening agent. This meal is popular among all three group of Slavs (west,east,south)
Pierogi also spelled perogi, pierogy, perogy, pierógi, pyrohy, pirogi, pyrogie, or pyrogy; are dumplings of unleavened dough – first boiled, then they are baked or fried usually in butter with onions – traditionally stuffed with potato filling, sauerkraut, ground meat, cheese, or fruit. Very tasty and popular in Poland, Ukraine, Belarus and Russia.
A well know traditional Christmas meal in Slavic countries is fried carp and potato salad which are eaten during Christmas dinner in the evening of 24 December.
Bread and salt
Bread and salt is a welcome greeting ceremony in many European cultures but also a popular Christmas bread to make. The tradition is well known by its local Slavic names that was also adopted by two non-Slavic nations — Lithuanians (Baltic) and Romanians (Latin) — culturally and historically both close to their Slavic neighbours (Lithuanian: Duona ir druska and Romanian: Pâine și sare).
We wish you happy Christmas and New year!
Tell us what will you make this year?