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   Slovakia has a long history as a region in Europe. The cuisine of Slovakia shares many similarities with the cuisines of the Czech Republic, Poland and Hungary, with staple foods being potatoes, cabbage, mushrooms, onions, carrots, bell peppers, pork sausage, wheat and barley. Missionary Claudia Nelson, who has taught English for seven years in Slovakia, says that even though there are similarities, the people of Slovakia are proud of their cultural traditions and celebrate the differences in their cooking. The national dish of Slovakia is Bryndzove Halusky, potato dumplings topped with sheeps cheese and bacon.
Kapustnica
Ingredients:

Pork ribs
Smoked joint of Pork
1 smoked sausage
100 g of dried mushrooms
Sour cabbage
Potatoes (4-5)
Oxo cubes (2)
Onions (2)
Cooking Instructions:
Begin by cooking the pork ribs and the joint of smoked pork, together with the sausage, in a pot with 4 liters of water. After 10 minutes, when the water is boiling, add the dry mushrooms and let it cook until the meat is halftender. Then add the sour cabbage and its juices to the pot and cook it again for about an hour. Half way through the hour, add 2 whole onions, a meat and a vegetable oxo cube and 1dcl of white wine.
Hovadzia Polievka
Ingredients:
0,5 kg of beef meat on the bone
2 onions
2 parsley
4 carrots
Half of an average sized celery
Half of an average sized kohlrabi
Half a leek
One qurter of a little kale
10 whole black peppercorn
3 teaspoons of salt
Cooking Instructions:
Begin by cleaning the vegetables and putting them all into a steam pot filled with cold water. You should cut all the vegetables into cubes, or another shape if you prefer, apart from the onions, which you should leave whole (together with the skin). As well as the vegetables you put the beef on the bone into the pot, together with all the spices (i.e. the salt and the black peppercorns).
Hubova Polievka
Ingredients:

¼ kg of fresh mushrooms
0,5 kg of potatoes
6 whole black pepper
6 juniper berries
0,5 l of milk
3 spoons of flour
1 spoon of oil
Salt, sugar and vinegar
Cooking Instructions:
Begin by washing the mushrooms and chopping them into very fine pieces. Then add them to the 3 liters of cold water, together with the black pepper and the juniper berries. After that cook until the mushrooms are tender, approximately half an hour. Just before they are cooked, add oil together with peeled and cubed potatoes. When the potatoes are cooked, thicken the soup with 'zatrepka' (Mix the milk and flour together creating a smooth mixture). Bring to the boil and add salt, sugar and vinegar according to taste, achieving the sweet and sour flavor.
Sedliacka Omeleta
Ingredients:

6 potatoes
2 eggs
1/2dcl of milk
1 teaspoon of soya sauce
1 teaspoon of salt
1/2dcl of oil
Cooking Instructions:
Peel the potatoes and cut them into cubes and boil them in water. After they are tender place them in the frying pan with the heated oil. While the potatoes are frying, whisk the eggs together with the milk and soya sauce in the bowl. Then, when the potatoes are golden brown, pour the egg mixture over them, and continue to fry until the egg has been cooked to your taste. Finally, serve it with fresh salad.
Carp Roasted with Onion
Ingredients:

500 g carp
100 g onion
500 g parsley leaves
1 oil
1 lemon
1 salt
1 caraway seeds (cumin)
Cooking Instructions:
Cut clean carp in portions. Salt and cut out small pockets in carp with a knife. Grate the onion and mix with chopped parsley leaves and a little oil. Rub the carp over with the mixture. Fill it also in holes cut in the meat. Spread caraway seeds over, pour over lemon juice and roast in the oven. Serve with roasted, mashed or fried potatoes.
Zapekane Rezne
Ingredients:

Pork - Chops with or without bone
Salt
Pepper
Cheddar cheese, shredded
Table cream
Cooking Instructions:
Wash pork chops and tenderize slightly. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Sprinkle salt and pepper on both sides - to taste. Place in baking pan. The size is not important, just so all of the pork will lay flat in the pan without overlapping. Cover pork with cheddar cheese and pour table cream over the top. You only need a little, say 1 tablespoon per pork chop. Bake at 350 for 35 to 45 minutes. Serve with mashed potatoes and a pickle on the side.
Babovka
Ingredients:

5 eggs
250 g powdered sugar
250 g backing flour
150 ml vegetable oil
150 ml hot water
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. vanilla - if desired for taste
1 tbs. cocoa powder
Butter or shortening to grease pan
Cooking Instructions:
Separate egg whites from yolks. Set the whites aside. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix yolks with sugar. Add slowly oil, then hot water. Mix in flour and backing powder. Beat egg whites alone in another bowl until they expand about 3 to 4 times. use an electric mixer on high speed for this.. Add these egg whites to the batter. Mix by hand. Add vanilla if desired. Pour half into greased round angel-cake pan. Mix the cocoa into the remaining half and pour on top of the first layer in the pan. Don't mix together. Bake for 45 minutes. Check with toothpick (toothpick will not have mixture on it if the cake is done) by poking it into the cake. Sprinkle finished cake with powdered sugar. You could also add raisins or nuts to the original batter or pour chocolate on top of the finished cake.
Pork with Paprika
Ingredients:

500 g Pork
40 g oil
80 g onion
Caraway seeds, pinch
Black pepper 1/8 tsp.
Salt by taste
Paprika 1/4 tsp.
Water 1/2 cup
Seasoning Mix (ex. Mrs. Dash Original Blend) 1/2 tsp.
Cooking Instructions:
Chop onion. Cut pork into small squares (2 cm). With medium heat, slightly brown the onion in oil. Add paprika, pork, caraway seeds, pepper, salt, and seasoning mix. Mix while heating. Brown pork slightly, turn heat down and add water. Let this boil until the meat is soft. Serve with rice or potatoes and vegetables.
Slovak Gulash
Ingredients:
400 g beef leg
60 g oil
80 g onion
600 g potatoes
Caraway seeds-pinch
Salt by taste
Garlic - 2 cloves
Paprika -1/2 tsp.
Water - 1.5
Seasoning Mix - 3/4 tsp.
Cooking Instructions:
Cut meat into squares (3cm). Chop onion. Press garlic. Cut potatoes into cubes. Brown meat in oil, then add onion. Then add caraway, salt, garlic, paprika, and seasoning mix. Mix in water and slowly boil until meat is slightly soft. Then add the potatoes and continue to boil on low heat until potatoes and meat are soft. Serve with bread.
Dusena Cukina
Ingredients:

2 Medium Zucchini
1 Tomato
2 Tsb. Oil or 1 Tsb. Butter
1 Tsp. Rosemary or 1 Tsp. Basil
1 Garlic Clove, pressed
Salt, to taste
White Pepper, several pinches
Cooking Instructions:
Wash zucchini and cut into 1.5 inch strips, cut the seeds from the centers. In medium saucepan, heat butter or oil, and let the zucchini start to simmer. Stir it a lot so it doesn't burn on one side. Boil a cup of water and pour this over the tomato in a bowl. The entire tomato should be covered with the hot water. Let this sit only for 15 seconds. Then rinse the tomato with cold water and peel off the skin. Cut the tomato into cubes. After the zucchini has cooked for about 8 minutes total, add the tomato cubes, the garlic, and the spices. Makes 2 portions. Simmer until the zucchini is soft. Serve hot and add salt to taste. You could also add some squash with the zucchini. This can be eaten by itself with bread, or use to make omelets, or as a side dish with some meat.
Stuffed Tomato in Bread Crumbs
Ingredients:

4 tomatoes
1 small zucchini
2 tbs butter
Salt, to taste
White pepper, to taste
2 tsp. Basil
1 clove garlic, pressed
Butter to grease pan
Bread crumbs
Cooking Instructions:
Cut off the tops of the tomatoes and scoop out the insides. Wash the zucchini and cut into little cubes. Fry the zucchini in a buttered pan with salt and half of the Basil. Mix bread crumbs with the rest of the Basil and the pressed garlic. Preheat the oven to 250 Celcius. (450 F). Fill the tomatoes with the cooked zucchini and add salt and pepper to taste. Roll these in the bread crumbs with basil and garlic. Put tomatoes on a buttered pan and put the rest of the butter on the tomatoes. Back for about 10 minutes. Makes 2 portions. You can serve this as a side dish with steak, lamb, pork,... Or you can serve this as a main vegtable dish. Instead of zucchini you can try mushrooms. 250 g mushrooms washed. Cut up the mushrooms and simmer in pan with cut spring onions in butter. Add 2 cl dry cherry and 150g table cream. Add to the tomatoes and cook the same as above.
 
Uhorkovy Salat (Cucumber Salad)
Ingredients:

Cucumbers - as many as needed (about 1 per person)
Salt, to taste
Sugar - 1 tbsp.
White Vinegar - 3 Tbsp.
Paprika, sprinkle
Cooking Instructions:
Peel cucumbers, and rinse them. Use a grater/slicer to slice the cucumbers into thin slices(circles only 2mm thick). Put the cucumbers in a bowl and add vinegar, sugar, and salt. Mix together well. It should have a sweet/sour taste. Add more salt,sugar,or vinegar to get the taste you like. Sprinkle the paprika on the top and serve as a side dish for almost any meal.
Morcacie Plnene Prsia (Stuffed Turkey Breast)
Ingredients:

Thin sliced Turky breast cutlets, uncooked
Sliced cheese, yellow
Sliced ham, pre-cooked
Asparagus
Salt
White pepper
Apple
Butter
Cooking Instructions:
Tenderize the Turkey breast very gently. Sprinkle with salt and white pepper. On one cuttlet place a slice of ham, cheese, and several asparagus stalks. Roll this up and hold it together with tooth picks (wooden). Grease pan with butter. Place the turkey rolls in the pan and back in oven at 350 degrees for about 40 minutes. While this is cooking, peel an apple and grate it. After the turkey has ccoked for 20 minutes, sprinkle the shredded apple on top. Finish cooking.
Srnci Chrbat (Home-made Chocolate)
Ingredients:

3 eggs
200 g powdered sugar
250 g shortening
100 g chopped walnuts
1 bag of gelatin candies
2 tbs. cocoa powder
Cooking Instructions:
Cookie waffers (like the middle of a Kit Kat bar)- plain or vanilla flavored. Prepare meatloaf pan. Line the inside with aluminum foil. Rinse with cold water. Boil water in a pan. Place a mixing bowl on top of this. Place eggs, sugar and shortening into the mixing bowl. Whisk this until it is well mixed. Add cocoa, walnuts, candies, and waffers. Mix. Pour this into the pan and spread it out evenly. Cover and place in refrigerator over night.
Dumplings
Ingredients:
1 Package yeast (use active dry)
3 dcl milk (about 1/2 cup)
1 tbsp sugar
3 cups flour, all purpose
1 egg
Jelly (flavor)
Cooking Instructions:
Heat up milk in a pot - Not too hot! Then take the pot off of burner. Add sugar and yeast. Cover with a cloth and let it sit for about 20 minutes. Prepare flour, egg and raised yeast from above step. Mix together. Let this sit in a bowl for about 1 hour. - This will make the dough. Spread out the dough with a rolling pin about 1 cm thick. Use a cookie cutter to cut out circles. On one circle place a tsp of jelly and put a second circle on top. Pinch the edges together around the sides. Prepare a pot of boiling water and put a steaming tray on top. Add a few of the 'buchtas' (the dough with the jelly), cover and let it steam for about 10 to 15 minutes. Do not peak in!!! - Let it cook. Take the buchtas out of the pot and serve. You can put butter on top and sprinkle with a pinch of cocoa powder and powdered sugar, poppy seeds, finely chopped nuts, or whatever you like.
Bryndzove Halusky
Ingredients:

2-3 Potatoes
Flour 4-5 tbsp
Salt
1 egg
Cooking Instructions:
Peel potatoes and finely shred them. Add egg and flour. Make a dough that is not too tough but not to watery. You may use more or less flour or add a little bit of water if it is too tough. Add 1 tsp of salt. Boil water w 2 tbsp of salt. use teaspoon to drop a little bit of the dough into the boiling water. Be sure the water is always boiling. When halusky are done they will float on top of the water, Pick them out with a strainer. Because I didn't find bryndza here in the US, (it is cheese from sheep), I used 1 package of Feta Cheese and 3/4 of a pack of cream cheese, and 3-4 tbsp of milk. Heat everything together. Mix all the time. When it starts to boil, remove from the heat. Cut up little pieces of bacon and fry them. Serve halusky with the cheese sauce on top and sprinkle with the bacon pieces.

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