My ancestors hail from Poland, and with that heritage, I have inherited a love of certain Polish comfort foods. One of my ultimate favorites is Haluski. This is the first Polish dish I made for Dave and he is also hooked. This is also the first Polish dish I made for my nieces and in-laws. Basically it’s the made from the basics of any good comfort food–noodles, meat, and lots of butter!
For Haluski this includes egg noodles,
two sticks of butter, sauerkraut and onions. Real heart attack on a plate, but oh so yummy! Eat a plate of this for lunch, fall asleep ’til supper! Normally I only use one stick of butter, but the kids don’t like sauerkraut and the butter helps mellow the flavor. Oddly enough, I actually don’t like sauerkraut either, but cooking it down with the butter and onions, almost caramelizing it, tastes wonderful. Because H can be picky, I made plain buttered noodles and kielbasa just in case. I had the kids upstairs so they wouldn’t know I was adding in sauerkraut, but G wanted to watch so she came down when I was adding it to the pan.
She didn’t know what it was, she thought it was just onions. She again wanted the recipe for her notebook, but I told her I’d give it to her after she tries some. I explained that I have added a secret ingredient that she might not like normally, but will probably like in this dish. She kept asking, telling me “It smells so good, I think I’m gonna like it. Can’t you just give me the recipe now? How do you spell Haluski? How do spell Poland?” Finally I added in the kielbasa and egg noodles and I sent G to set the table.
Finally lunch was served!
Verdict? In-laws: yum, Dave: yum, G: yum (and pleeeease give me the recipe), H: yuck-but loved the kielbasa! Three out of four ain’t bad!
1 pound Egg noodles (or pasta of choice)
1 ring of kielbasa cut into bite size pieces (or sausage of choice)
2 sticks of butter (1 if you want it to be more “healthy”)
1 14 oz can of sauerkraut (or 14 oz of homemade)
1 medium onion, chopped
Over medium heat melt butter in a large high sided skillet/frying pan or wok. Add sauerkraut and onions and cook until almost caramelized. In another skillet start browning the kielbasa. Once slightly browned, add to the sauerkraut and onions. Cook egg noodles per package instructions to al dente. Add noodles to skillet and toss everything together, frying it for a few minutes if desired. Serve!