2Czech food and drinkCzech cuisine is not exactly a synonym for healthy cooking, everybody will probably find at least a couple of meals "to die for". It may be the potato soup, the traditional roast pork with dumplings and sauerkraut, beef tenderloin with cranberries, the fruit filled dumplings, or the apple strudel.
3A Czech meal often starts with soup. Some popular Czech soups are: Czech food and drinkSoupsA Czech meal often starts with soup. Some popular Czech soups are:- potato soup- garlic soup- chicken noodle soup - beef soup with liver dumplings- sauerkraut soup - dill soup, made from sour milk
4Czech food and drinkThe Main CourseThe main course usually consists of meat and a side dish. The most popular meats are chicken and pork, followed by beef, usually served with some kind of sauce. Fish is not very common although trout or cod are sometimes served. Salmon and seafood are served in better restaurants. The mackere is a popular fish to grill over open fire in summer. Carp is traditionally served on Christmas Eve.
5The most common Czech side dishes are: - boiled potatoes Czech food and drinkSide DishesThe most common Czech side dishes are:- boiled potatoes- roasted potatoes- mashed potatoes - French fries - rice- bread dumplings or potato dumplings - with sauce - bread or potato dumplings with sauerkraut- potato salad
6Czech food and drinkBeveragesOur national drink is beer. You can also have a mineral water, orange juice, apple juice, or a soda (specify its name because soda in Czech means "soda water"). Czechs also like to drink tea with sugar and lemon, and coffee with or without milk or cream.
7Pork, Dumplings, and Cabbage Preparation time: over 90 minutes Czech food and drinkPork, Dumplings, and CabbagePreparation time: over 90 minutesServes 4
8Czech food and drinkPorkTo prepare, you need: 800 g of pork neck or shoulder, 2 onions, caraway, and salt.Salt the washed and dried meat and sprinkle with caraway. Put in a greased baking pan and sprinkle with diced onions. Add water (or stock) in the bottom of the pan and bake covered for about an hour and a half, at a high temperature. Baste from time to time to make sure the meet does not dry out. When the meat is soft, uncover the pan, so that a crust can form. When ready, slice the meat. The gravy remaining in the bottom of the pan can be sprinkled with a bit of fine flour, or just boiled.
9Czech food and drinkDumplingsTo prepare, you need: 700 g of potatoes, 200 g of coarse flour, 80 g of semolina, 2 eggs, and salt.Boil the potatoes in their skins, peel, and grate. Mix with flour, semolina, eggs, and salt. Make tough dough, using your hands. From the dough, make several rolls with a diameter of approximately 6 cm. Put into boiling salted water. After a while, the dumplings must be lifted to prevent them from sticking to the bottom. Boil for 20 to 25 minutes, then take them out and slice.
10Czech food and drinkCabbage (sauerkraut)To prepare, you need: 700 g of pickled white sauerkraut or half a head of fresh cabbage, fine flour, lard or some other type of grease, salt, sugar, onion.Sauté onions in the grease until transparent, sprinkle with two tablespoons of fine flour and sauté some more. Add cabbage that has been cut into thin slices, add salt, and a bit of water (or the brine if using pickled sauerkraut) and stew. Add more water during stewing, from time to time. In the end, add vinegar or sugar, to taste. Red cabbage can be prepared in the same way as white cabbage.
11Czech food and drinkServe the meat, cabbage, and dumplings on one plate, pour some gravy over the top, and drink well-chilled beer. Enjoy!
12Preserved cranberries Beef tenderloin To prepare you need: 3 Carrots Czech food and drink2 lb Leg beef (sic)Salt2 c Heavy Cream2 T flour1 T Vinegar1 T Sugar1 Lemon; grated rind ofPreserved cranberriesBeef tenderloinTo prepare you need:3 Carrots3 Parsnips1 Celery root2 large Onions4 oz Fat bacon15 peppercorns10 Allspice grains3 Bay leaves3 T Dried thyme
13Czech food and drink1. Julienne carrots, parsnips, celery root and onion. 2. Fry in bacon fat in a large pan until browned. 3. Add the meat, spices, salt, then add water to cover. 4. Stew until the meat is tender, adding more water as necessary. 5. Take the cooked meat out, and puree vegetables. 6. Return to pot, add cream and flour, and simmer. 7. When the sauce is thick enough, add vinegar, sugar and lemon rind. 8. Remove from heat, slice the meat, put on plate, and pour the sauce around the meat pieces. 9. Garnishi with preserved cranberries.
141/8 teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoon salt Czech food and drinkBread dumplingsTo prepare you need:1 egg, beaten1/2 cup milk1 cup flour1/8 teaspoon baking powder1 teaspoon salt4-5 slices white bread, use stale bread, cut into small cubes. (Trim hard crust off.)
15Add bread cubes to batter and mix well. Make two small loaves. Czech food and drinkBread dumplingsMix together beaten egg, milk, flour, baking powder and salt until smooth.Add bread cubes to batter and mix well.Make two small loaves.Drop into large pot of vigorously boiling water. Cook 10 minutes, then roll dumpling over and cook an additional 10 minutes. Remove immediately from water and cut ends off to release steam.Cut into 1/2 inch slices and serve.