These marinated beets are very simple to make in the Instant Pot. They’re easy to make ahead (you kind of have to make them ahead to allow them to marinate), and they’re easy to serve as a colourful side dish in the winter. Also, a great addition to your table for Sviata Vecheria.
These beets and mushrooms are a great side dish – or one of your twelve dishes for Sviata Vecheria. It works for summer as well as it does for Christmas. Bright and colourful. Make-ahead and served cold or at room temperature. It’s easy and no-fuss.
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!
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.
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.
This traditional recipe works with any kind of dried mushrooms – morels, cepes, or shiitake. And, using the Instant Pot saves more than an entire day of soaking time. If you want to forgo even that hydration time, use fresh mushrooms like cremini.
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.
Christmas Eve is coming soon, as they say. I say it’s the most important Ukrainian food holiday of the year. Twelve dishes!
For any cook, Sviata vecheria is an overwhelming meal to make. But, a lot of the cooking time can be sped up using the Instant Pot with the recipes here on Instant Ukrainian. Plus, your vegetarian friends and family members rejoice.
This is a more modern version of kutia. My baba liked the addition of the dried fruit and nuts – it’s more extravagant than her Traditional Kutia recipe. This is my “healthier” version.
What’s kutia and how do I say it?
Kutia or Kutya (pronounced coo-tcha) is one of the most important dishes in all of Ukrainian cuisine. It’s a big hassle to make – but not with an Instant Pot.
This is boiled wheat. Pretty basic but wheat is the centre of Ukrainian culture and farming. When I was younger, I was told that the yellow half of the bottom of the Ukrainian flag symbolized the wheat fields and the blue band on the top symbolized the sky. Now, that there’s Wikipedia, I’ve learned the flag pre-dates Christianity in the Ukraine but that story developed around 1845. To sum up, wheat’s important.
This recipe saves you from soaking the wheat overnight and over 2 hours of cooking time!