Wednesday, December 2, 2009


    I love family recipes!  I am not the best cook but I do love the tradition of passing down recipes from generation to generation.  Out of the 3 girls in my family I am the one who enjoys making Holushki.  Mostly because the other 2 don't like to eat it.  But I love it!  And this year I taught my daughter how to make it.  We always make it for Christmas Eve at my mom's. 

Holushki is a Slovak dish.  It is bacon, saurkraut, and potato dumplings.  I am sure I lost a lot of you with the word saurkraut.  But, if you do like saurkraut then you should really try this one.  (Husbands love it :)

First cut the bacon strips into fourths and fry them up.  It is much better soft (not crunchy) in this recipe.

While that is frying we use potatoes, flour, & milk to make the dumplings.

Annie shredded the potatoes.

(Get them into the milk fast so they don't turn brown)
Then add the flour, it is really lumpy!

Then you are ready to drop them into a big pot of boiling water.
I use a wooden spoon & cut them into the pot.

The smaller the dumplings the better.
Let them boil for 5 minutes.
Pull them out and rinse them with cold water.
Dump them into the bacon pan (I like to a little of the bacon grease & some butter)
Add the drained saurkraut.
Stir & enjoy!
It is even better a few hours later when the flavors have all soaked in!

I keep all my family recipes in this little photo album a friend gave me for my wedding.  (Thanks Pam)

This recipe book would be a great Christmas presents for daughters!   You don't have to fill it all up...just include a few & they can add to it as the years go by!  Even little girls would like their own recipe books!  I might just have to start one for Annie this year & put her first recipe as Holushki, she loves it too!

1lb. bacon
2 medium potatoes
1 small can saurkraut
1 C milk
2 1/2 C flour

Fry the bacon up soft.
Boil water.
Shred potatoes.
Mix potatoes, milk & flour to make dumplings.
Quickly cut the dumplings into the boiling water.
Boil 5 minutes.
Drain & rinse dumplings in cold water.
Dump bacon, drained saurkraut, & dumplings together, stir in some butter (1/2 a stick or so)


Auntie Cake said...

Yeah, still will never like Hulushki. Don't even like the smell of it, but I guess it wouldn't be Christmas without it! You are totally a Grandma Carlson... She would be so proud.

The Walvatnes said...

Could you set some aside without the surkraut?

Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing the recipe. What a special tradition.

Sara @ Domestically Challenged said...

That is pretty cool idea with the album! Thanks for the recipe too! I love baking new things!

Karen said...

What a great idea about recipe traditions. I have some from my hubbie's gram, I should do that! Your little one is too cute!

Sage said...

I just love family tradition and keepign hte family recipes. A few years ago I finally completed my Family Cook and shared it with my children, nephews and nieces.I think it was well appreciated.

DUTA said...

The pictures with your adorable little girl in the kitchen with the ingredients, diverts the attention from the recipe of the delicious Holushki dumplings.

Natasha said...

I must agree with Duta, your little Annie looks like a little cherub-she is truly a little angel. She looks like she is really concentrating!

How beautiful to see you both enjoying time together in the kitchen and I quite like the sound of that recipe too.

Best wishes, Natasha.

Melinda said...

This is wonderful, Libbie! I love the idea of the recipe book. I'm not a wonderful cook, but I know there's a few things I could pass down. I've been really feeling blue that I don't have many Christmas traditions with my kids. I don't really know how that happened. We have a very small family and live far from the relatives we do have, which is probably part of it. But I'm determined to start some traditions ... even if I'm a little late on this bandwagon. (Actually, I'm in the midst of writing a blog post on this very subject.)

You're a great mama! ;0) Your kids will remember these things for years.

Debbie said...

Yup... you lost me at saurkraut. :) but I love that you are passing down a family tradition to your daughter.


Courtney said...

This sounds yummy. I love saurkraut. I will have to try this recipe. Thanks for sharing!

He & Me + 3 said...

Looks like she did a great job and it sounds delish. My hubs would love it.

Christine Oakes said...

YUMMY, my 2 favoriate foods, bacon and saurkraut! I love passing down traditions, I have been thinking lately about family reciepes. Love the photo album idea!

honeypiehorse said...

Yum! I love sour kraut. A favorite of mine from my grandma is baked chicken with barbecue sauce on a bed of sour kraut. Serve with baked potatoes with lots of salt and butter.

Anonymous said...

My husband is Slovak and this is one he doesn't remember eating in his home growing up. He does remember Kolachkis during Christmas time though!
Thanks for sharing. And I love the polkadotted kitchen!

EntertainingMom said...

I actually think this sounds amazing!!!

I think your daughter is just the cutest!