My mum used to make cырники (Syrniki) quite often and they were our absolute favourite!
Eating them in my childhood years ago I couldn`t even imagine that one day I would make them myself living in England and using Polish ingredients. Luckily we have a few Polish shops around here.. so for syrniki I bought some tvorog (curd cheese) and smetana (sour cream).
So here they are- Syrniki.
500 g tvorog (curd cheese)
2 egg yolks
about 60 g plain flour
pinch of salt
2 tbsp sugar
semolina for breading
oil for frying
Mix tvorog, flour, egg yolks, salt and sugar.
Put some semolina onto the plate or a little bowl. Make small patties from the tvorog mixture, flatten them slightly.. they should be about 1 cm thick. Cover them in semolina.
Heat some oil on a frying pan over a moderate heat. Fry the cырники on both sides for 3-5 minutes, until they’re golden brown.
Serve with smetana (sour cream).
And my other (there are loads more :) ) favourite is vinigret. This was one of our party foods.
2 medium beets, washed, but not peeled
2 medium potatoes, washed, but not peeled
1 large carrot, washed, but not peeled
1 large yellow onion, finely diced
2 large gurkins, finely diced (the gurkins are from the Polish shop as well as the ones from the supermarket are too vinegary)
2 cups of peas
2-3 tbsp. juice from pickles, or to taste
1/3 cup sunflower oil or olive oil
Salt and black pepper to taste
Cook, cool and peel the beets, carrots and potatoes. Cut them into small, diced pieces and mix with diced onions, gurkins, and peas. Dress the salad with gurkin juice, sunflower or olive oil, and plenty of salt and pepper. Taste and adjust the seasoning. Let the salad sit in the fridge overnight or at least for several hours to allow the flavors to blend.
Serve with some nice black bread. Mine comes from our Polish shop again.. but it`s Lithuanian.
I am linking this post up to “Around The World in 12 Dishes.