Around the World in 80 Recipes

This site was created for those who would like to recreate the meals I have written about in the "Around the World in 80 Meals" site. ( On that site, I describe the meals that are cooked for me by people from many different cultures...I enjoy eating those meals and I hope to shed a more positive light on the multicultural society in the Netherlands.

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I'm Dutch/American, 29 years old, and love getting to know new people and new cultures. Plus I enjoy a good meal! So what better way to combine these interests than through this blog? The idea is to talk to my hosts about what role food plays in their life, who taught them how to cook, what differences they see between local (food) culture and their own, etc. I started out in the Netherlands, but continued the project after my move to the UK in 2007. Email: eightymeals at yahoo dot com

Monday, December 15, 2008

Polish Bigos

2 lb sauerkraut, washed and drained
2 lb white cabbage, shredded
1 lb kielbasa, sliced into small pieces (kielbasa is a Polish sausage, usually pork)
1/2 lb smoked ham, cubed
1/2 lb smoked pork, cubed
1/2 lb bacon, chopped
1/2 lb beef or venison, cubed
2 oz dried mushrooms
4 pitted prunes, chopped
2 apples, cored and cubed
1 tomato, diced
1 onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp allspice
2 bay leaves
1 tbsp peppercorns
1/2 cup dark red wine

Prepare the ingredients as listed above. Simmer the cabbage until soft (1/2 to 1 hour), then drain. Meanwhile, cook the bacon and set aside, preserving the fat. In the bacon fat sauté the onions and garlic, and brown the remaining meat except the kielbasa. Combine all ingredients in
a pot and cook: in a slow cooker, set on "low" for 5-10 hours; on the stove, cook briefly on medium and then simmer 2-3 hours.

Refrigerate any leftovers and reheat for serving. The flavor improves each time, peaking around the third day.


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