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 step to add bacon. Bukovina? It’s one of those in-between-places in Eastern Europe.
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.
For one of my favourite foods, I grew up thinking that “nachynka” (also nachinka or начинка) was the word for cornmeal. It actually means stuffing. Also known as Bukovynska nachynka if it has bacon in it. But, this is a basic but delicious cornmeal side dish at heart.
Nachynka starts out as a basic polenta recipe to which you add eggs and onions and bake it in the oven. I made this an embarrassing number of times trying to get this one right for the Instant Pot – and it’s worth it. Instead of stirring the cornmeal on the stove for 45 minutes, the Instant Pot makes that a quick 9 minutes!