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Czech Recipes


As you might expect, food in the Czech Republic, has been very much influenced by the cuisine of the country's neighbors - although of course there are many uniquely Czech foods too! The main dish in most Czech meals is usually some variety of meat, often pork, but also beef, chicken and wild game are also popular.

Being a landlocked country, fish does not generally form a major part of the Czech diet. The exceptions are freshwater trout and carp, the latter of which is traditionally eaten for Christmas.

Here are some popular dishes from the Czech Republic:
  • Knedliky - Knedliky are boiled dumplings made from potatoes, or a mix of wheat flour and stale/dry bread. They are sliced before serving, and eaten as a side dish with many Czech meals.

  • Bramboráky (also known as "cmunda", "vošouch", "strik" or "striky") - These are fried pancakes made from grated potato.

  • Smažený sýr - A thick slice of cheese, coated with bread crumbs and then deep-fried. It is eaten with tartar sauce ("tatarská omácka").

  • Svícková na smetane - Roast beef covered with a thick cream sauce containing carrots and parsley. Traditionally eaten with dumplings ("knedliky"), and served with a slice of lemon and a teaspoon of cranberry compote.

    LI>Utopenci - Pickled bratwurst.

  • Veprová pecene s knedlíky a se zelím (also known as "Vepro-knedlo-zelo") - Roast pork with dumplings nedliky and cabbage. There are two varieties - one with just sauerkraut which is usually (but not always) eaten in Bohemia, and one with sugar sweetened cabbage (either fresh or sauerkraut) which is usually (but not always) eaten in Moravia.
Here are some popular Czech desserts:
  • Koláce - A pastry roll filled with cheese or fruit.

    Apricot Koláce

  • Ovocné knedlíky - Ovocné knedlíky are dumplings made with potato dough and containing fruit on the inside. Many different fruits may be used, but plum dumplings ("švestkové knedlíky") are popular during the Easter and Christmas holidays.

  • Vánocka - This is a rich bread-like cake made using eggs and butter. It contains almonds and raisins, and is flavored with lemon rind and nutmeg. Vánocka is made by preparing braids of dough, and stacking them (with large braids at the bottom, and smaller braids at the top) before cooking. The cake is traditionally eaten during the Christmas period, and its design is said to resemble the infant Jesus in a manger.

  • Vánocní cukroví - Decorated cookies, traditionally eaten at Christmas.

    Vánocní cukroví - Christmas Cookies
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The Best of Czech Cooking (Hippocrene International Cookbooks)

By Peter Trnka

Hippocrene Books
Released: 2010-07-13
Kindle Edition (428 pages)

The Best of Czech Cooking (Hippocrene International Cookbooks)
 
Product Description:
Now expanded with 3 new chapters on Pork, Mushrooms, and Drinks, this popular Hippocrene cookbook is better than ever. Czech cuisine emphasizes delicious soups, salads, dumplings, hearty meat dishes, vegetables and desserts, with recipes that rely on the subtle flavours of fresh ingredients. This new edition includes Vepro-knedlo-zelo -- a classic dish of pork, cabbage and dumplings; an informative chapter about gathering, storing and using wild mushrooms; and a section on apertifis, wine and beers, including the world-famous Czech Pilsner Urquell beer.

Authentic Czech Recipes: Your #1 Source of Central European Dish Ideas!

By Martha Stone

Released: 2018-10-15
Kindle Edition (78 pages)

Authentic Czech Recipes: Your #1 Source of Central European Dish Ideas!
 
Product Description:
Are you intrigued by the unique ingredients and mixtures in Czech recipes? This cookbook offers you the stories that Czech food has to tell.

Can you learn all that from home? Yes!

Czech foods have deep connections with the foods of other countries in Central Europe. Since rulers and borders in this region changed a great deal through the years, the cuisine of the Czech Republic has connections to the cuisine of neighboring countries.

Czech food is not light or healthy. It uses many meats, sauces and carbs that help to keep people warm through the cold winters. Truly authentic Czech dishes usually are delicious and hearty, but not health-conscious. Many times, it is washed down with classic Czech lager, too.

While lunch is often eaten in restaurants during the work week, dinners are usually eaten at home, and consist of a warm course and hors d’oeuvres. It is served sometimes early in the evening, and sometimes late, depending on the schedules of family members.

Dinners mainly consist of beef or pork with sauce, along with a side dish, often dumplings. Goulash is also very popular in homes and restaurants alike.

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My Czech Heritage Cookbook

By LaVina Vanorny-Barcus

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Paperback (160 pages)

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A collection of over 100 Czech recipes, many that are from my Babi, (Grandmother) Alma Benesh, and have been passed down from generation to generation. I have also included over 40 recipes that are family favorites. The history of the Kolach and the history of poppy seed add to this informative cookbook. I hope you enjoy our Czech family culinary traditions!

Cherished Czech Recipes

By Pat Martin

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This inexpensive, index card size spiral-bound recipe book features over 100 Czech-American recipes. Makes a great gift or "stocking stuffer" for friends and relatives.

Czech Recipes: 48 of The Best Czech Recipes from a Real Czech Grandma: Authentic Czech Food All In a Comprehensive Czech Cookbook (Czech Recipes, Czech Cuisine, Czech Cookbook)

By Alzbeta Novak

Released: 2017-08-13
Kindle Edition (74 pages)

Czech Recipes: 48 of The Best Czech Recipes from a Real Czech Grandma: Authentic Czech Food All In a Comprehensive Czech Cookbook (Czech Recipes, Czech Cuisine, Czech Cookbook)
 
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Kolaches - Amazing & Easy!

By Dorothy Palmer

PCG Publishing
Released: 2013-10-11
Kindle Edition (58 pages)

Kolaches - Amazing & Easy!
 
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Instructional Videos included! For those living in the Texas “Czech Belt”, kolaches are a part of everyday life. This sweet yeast bread filled with fruit or cheese was brought to the U.S. with Czech immigrants, in the mid-1800s.

A "kolache", for those who have never been blessed with a sampling of the pastry, is a type of pastry that holds a dollop of fruit rimmed by a puffy pillow of supple dough.

This step-by-step guide, complete with pictures and videos, will allow even the most timid baker the opportunity to make this old world classic easily and perfect every time.


 
 
 

 
 
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