This is my third recipe for borscht – a little different because this one is made (almost completely) out of canned vegetables. Bonus, there’s almost no chopping with julienne-cut beets in a can. Fast! Easy!
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!
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!
This recipe uses the easy dry curd cottage cheese I made. The filling is full of spring green onions and fresh dill.
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)
With all of the hectic activity around the holidays, it’s nice to have something that’s super easy. On Christmas Eve, a fruit compote (or stewed fruit) made with dried fruit is a traditional end to the meal. The Instant Pot makes the dish amazingly easy and much less time consuming than soaking the fruit overnight.
I use prunes, dried apricots, dried apple rings and raisins. But, you can use any combination of dried fruits.
What would make a woman who made pyrogy (peroghies, perohe, varenyky, and so on) change the recipe that she had used for over fifty years? Here it is – the best dough recipe ever. Or at least my baba thought so.
This is a soft dough that’s easy to roll out and shape. It’s just the right ratio of everything – and a cup of butter or margarine can’t hurt. The dough doesn’t use the Instant Pot but the fillings will.
Pampushky are a traditional Christmas dessert. Starting with a bread dough, they are deliciously filled with poppy seeds and dried fruit and deep fried. My grandmother used to make prune pampushky. But, here I’m making poppy seed and raisin filling.
It’s a recipe that only uses the Instant Pot for the rising for the yeast dough. You can also put the dough in a warm place – like an oven. But, this is not a quick recipe.
For Christmas Eve, I like to make braised red cabbage. It’s not a Ukrainian recipe – but what Ukrainian doesn’t like cabbage? (Ukrainians are allowed to not like cabbage)
This braised red cabbage is colourful and easy to make ahead of time. Just refrigerate and reheat when you’re ready to serve it.
These beautiful little boiled dumplings (also known as tiny varenyky and ooshka) are filled with tasty mushrooms and dill. The first recipe I’m adding that doesn’t use the Instant Pot! Boiling isn’t recommended in there. But, we’ll save time by using pre-made dumpling wrappers.