Kutia, a sweet mixture of cooked wheat, poppy seeds, and honey, is the most important dish of the Ukrainian Christmas Eve meal. Part of the tradition is for everyone to eat some. But, what if you have friends or family members who are celiac or avoiding gluten?
Here’s a kutia recipe that uses oat groats instead of wheat kernels. And, you’ll be done in 60 minutes!
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This version of borscht is meant for the spring or summer. It uses young beets and beet leaves along with fresh, summertime ingredients like dill, fresh peas and fresh broad beans. Don’t have those things? Frozen dill, frozen peas and canned broad beans make great substitutes.
Also, a new technique that makes Instant Pot borscht-making even faster!
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Bukovinian Nachinka (known as Bukovynska nachynka) is similar to my traditional nachynka recipe for the Instant Pot. This is just as easy and has just a few extra steps to add bacon.
Bukovina? It’s one of those in-between-places in Eastern Europe. The northern portion of Bukovina is part of the Ukraine. I’m not sure what makes the addition of bacon more Bukovinian but that’s how it’s called in my recipe books.
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Ukrainian food at Easter is just a polar opposite of the Sviatia vecheria – Christmas Eve menu. Christmas Eve is about meatless and largely dairy-free dishes. Easter is the opposite: a lot of pork plus dairy.
They’re Christian holidays but have roots in pagan traditions. Easter is a celebration of spring and family.
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If you’re a vegetarian – look away and head over here now. Studenetz is a Ukrainian version of head cheese – with garlic. Studenetz is a staple all year round but mostly pops up at Easter.
A traditional recipe takes way over four hours to cook on the stovetop plus assembling time – but less than half that time in the Instant Pot. It’s not “instant” but end-to-end I made this recipe in 4 hours total (then refrigerated everything overnight). This recipe uses the same ingredients as my baba’s recipe.
You either love studenetz or don’t touch it.
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Now that we’ve made pyzirhky (or perishke) with farm cheese, potato and dill filling, this is a sweet option for the baked perishke [pear-eesh-keh]. This needs the dough for pyzirhky. If you’re making both sweet and savory at the same time, just double that dough recipe.
The Instant Pot makes this filling basically the easiest thing ever. Throw everything into the Instant Pot while the dough rises and you’re done!
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Pyrizhky were one of my grandfather’s favourites. He loved the portability of these tiny buns with cheese, potato, onion and dill filling. And, he’d advise me to keep a few in my pockets to have a snack at hand later. Sound advice.
This recipe will take you from the dough through filling then shaping and baking. These are delicious – even better with a creamy dill sauce poured over top. Pyrizhky freeze well. The Instant Pot makes the dough rising more reliable but admittedly not faster.
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Springing forward, it’s time to start making more spring and Easter foods. Here’s a great filling for varenyky or pyrizhky. Pyrizhky? It’s a bread-based dumpling-bun.
This recipe uses the easy dry curd cottage cheese I made. The filling is full of spring green onions and fresh dill.
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It’s easy to make your own dry curd cottage cheese. This recipe makes a cottage cheese with small curd – perfect for nalysnyky (Ukrainian cheese crepes) or Easter cheese babka. My homemade Instant Pot dry curd cottage cheese is destined for perishke (or pyrizhky, basically a bread-based baked perohe or pyrogy)
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Yet another variant of holubchi (holubtsi, golubchi, golubtsi, Голубцы). There are as many ways to spell cabbage rolls as there are to make them. These are vegetarian-vegan – it’s what I made for Christmas Eve. If you’re looking for meat then check out my recipe for Instant Pot Buckwheat and Pork Cabbage Rolls
This uses sour cabbage which you can either spend a few weeks making in a barrel – or buy a sour cabbage head at a grocery store.
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