It’s that time of year again! Here’s my selection of dishes to make for the holidays, and a recap of my most popular posts! The launch of The Goulash Archipelago took a substantial amount of my time (should I mention again that with its 300+ illustrations and unique design, it makes for a great gift?), but I still managed to publish several new recipes that you can totally use to impress your guests:
- Start your meal with a drink: an Eastern European mulled wine, a Sarajevo Mule, or a horseradish vodka. Whichever one you pick, Hungarian pogácsas make the perfect accompanying snack.
- My Dalmatian trio of fish terrine, tuna carpaccio, and shrimp serves as an elegant appetizer that can be prepared in advance.
- Want more seafood? Try my red mullet with peppers and Hutsul banosh.
- Prefer meat? Try another Ukrainian dish with these duck golubtsy served with red beet risotto, reminisce about tsarist Russia with a pheasant Galitzin, or pretend to be a Hungarian cowboy (an improbable Christmas figure, I admit) with these Hortobagy pancakes.
- For a formal dessert, I would go with the delicious Esterházy torte. If you need a sweet afternoon snack, try some koláčky – if you’re still hungry, that is!
As for the Top 5 recipes of 2022, we see a lot of the usual suspects though there’s been some movement. In ascending order:
- Qurutob, Tajikistan’s National Dish may be in fifth place this year, but it’s been in this Top 5 every year since 2015 – which makes me feel old! It’s also my most popular post of all time. I propose we call it the Post That Put Tajik Cuisine On The Map.
- Bosnian Ćevapi with Kajmak, Ajvar, and Lepinja lands in fourth position. It’s also my second most popular post of all time.
- We have a newcomer in the third spot: Pogácsa, Hungarian Biscuit / Scone! I cannot tell you how many batches of pogis I had to bake to get to the perfect recipe…
- Khinkal, Dagestan’s National Dish gains 3 ranks over last year and arrives in second place. I’ve always said it’s unlikely that any of us ever steps foot in Dagestan, and this has never been more true.
- Kajmak, the Clotted Cream of the Balkans gets the top spot. So much for a healthy diet!
Happy Holidays 2021
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(Photo credit for featured picture of Poopoo: Russian President Vladimir Putin and Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu. Date unknown. TASS)