109. While in the country of Poland we experienced a variety of traditional Pole foods.
In order for each of these wonderful delights to be highlighted and so the fantastic recipes can be shared, a "Polish Food Series" has emerged!
A "Nalesniki" is the Polish version of a
Here are the four traditional ways of filling and folding Nalesniki:
- Long Roll: Evenly spread about 1 tablespoon of filling over one-half of pancake leaving bare about one–half inch from the edge; roll from the filled side until you have a long tube.
- Short Roll: Evenly spread about 1 tablespoon of filling, leaving the outer one inch bare, over the entire pancake. Fold over two unspread edges from opposite sides of the pancake; roll one of the remaining two unspread edges toward the center; then roll up tightly from the unfolded end until you have a small fat tube.
- Handkerchief Fold: Evenly spread about 1 tablespoon of filling over one-half of pancake, leaving bare about one-half inch from the edge; fold empty half over filled half; then fold once again bringing the two points together. Not particularly well suited for jams or runny fillings.
- Envelope or Book Fold (Ksiazeczka): Evenly spread about 1 tablespoon of filling over the center of pancake leaving bare about one–half inch from the edge; fold about one-third of pancake over filling; then fold over the opposite one-third; fold ends in, forming a small packet.
We observed a Polish cook preparing these delicious Nalesniki. Our sense of smell led us down the hall, around the corner and into the kitchen where the delicious aroma of these crepes were being made. We asked if we could stay and watch...the cook did not speak English but was tickled to hear our oohs and aahhs.
Nalesniki "Polish Crepe"
¾ cup milk
2 Tblsp sugar
dash of salt
6 to 8 Tblsp flour
She made two traditional fillings, Potato and Cheese and Apple and Cinnamon
Cheese Filling or Potato and Cheese Filling
(Some Polish cooks will use the same filling for their Pierogi as they do for Nalesniki)
1 lb farmers cheese, ricotta cheese or dry curd cottage cheese (your choice)
salt and white pepper
½ cup chopped chives or onion
2 Tblsp butter
opt: 2 cups cooked, smashed potato
Filled Nalesniki may be panfried in butter or baked in a buttered casserole dish until the filling is set. Some prefer to dip their nalesniki in beaten egg and then in fine, dry bread crumbs. They are then fried in butter or a small amount of hot oil until golden on all sides.
Apple and Cinnamon Filling
2 large tart apples, peeled, cored and grated
4 Tblsp sugar
½ tsp cinnamon
1tsp fresh lemon juice