We live in an area rich in Eastern European influence. In the mid-1800’s this area of the PA Anthracite Coal region was flooded with immigrants from Eastern Europe who came here to work in the coal mines. Thanks to a large influx of Polish immigrants we are still eating Haluski-basically fried cabbage and noodles. Don’t judge a book by it’s cover…even if you don’t care for cabbage you might like this dish.
Though we only lived 45 minutes away before moving here three years ago, it was a learning experience in foods local to this region. And something we have LOVED learning about! Food here means meals together, family togetherness and lots of parties. I love it.
Some cultural foods we’ve enjoyed here here are:
Pierogis are round pockets of dough filled with potatoes (and anything else you might want to stick in there), boiled with onions and butter. Though, I gotta say….fried perogies are my fave.
Bleenies: Basically potato pancakes.
Halupki, also known as pigeons, are what I have always called stuffed cabbage rolls. Basically cabbage leaves with a mixture of meat (pork or beef), onions, tomato sauce and baked.
Kielbasi-(think sausage) plus a large variety of other meats.
Plus many many others that I could write about if this were a post about our area’s food history..but alas it isn’t. It’s a post for a Haluski recipe. (pronounced ha-loo-sh-key). It’s easy peasey and a good use of frugal things around the house.
1 medium/large head of cabbage
2 large onions
olive oil (or butter or whatever kind of oil you like)
3 cloves crushed garlic
1 lb pasta-any shape you like, generally egg noodles, but we had elbows on hand today.
- Boil noodles according to package directions.
- At the same time: coat the frying pan with oil.Crush garlic, slice onions thinly, slice cabbage into bit sized pieces.
- Add crushed garlic, sliced onions and sliced cabbage to the frying pan.
- Cover and let cook until cabbage and onions are almost translucent (but really you could eat them raw, so cook them until your preference is attained).
- When noodles are done drain and place back in pan. Add cooked cabbage mixture to pan. Give it a good mixing and wahla. You’re done. Haluski.