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Hello! Need help with a Polish recipe (quick, and easy to prepare)

Helen57 1 | 1  
15 Dec 2009 /  #1
My college age daughter was given an assignment due Wednesday, right in the middle of finals week. Her professor assigned students to bring in a homemade food item related to their heritiage for all to share after the final. Very nice idea, just not well thought out. The majority of the kids live in the dorms with no access to a stove or oven, and just a very tiny fridge. So....she is driving 2 hrs home to make the food item and immediately turn around to drive 2 hours back...In between studying and taking finals in her other 4 classes. We are polish which is why I am asking here!

So, this is what we need, any help would be greatly appreciated.
A recipe that can be made quickly (she has about 4 hours at home)
A simple recipe for a kid who can barely boil water
Very basic ingredients
A recipe that once made won't need refridgeration before being served the next day
or any heating prior to serving.
Feed 30
Be something pople will want to eat at 9:30 -10 in the morning.
OH, and its worth 20% of her grade!

Soo... that isn't too difficult a task!! Anyone up for he challenge?

I thought... cookies or no knead bread she could take in jelly with? But I have no idea? Thank you!!
f stop 24 | 2,501  
15 Dec 2009 /  #2
I would try to think of something cold, first course...
How about : a big Polish ham, sliced, ćwikla for condiment (grated beets with horseradish, basically), some rye bread, butter and ... vodka, of course.
I love my mother's potato/vegetable salad: cooked carrots, eggs, cooked potatos, peas, apples, onion, who knows what else... all sliced into little cubes, then mixed with mayo, mustard, little lemon, salt, papper and ... vodka, of course.

Makoviec is always a big hit for me, especially after I tell my guests after they eat it that they will probably fail their pi$$ test if called to take one. It's a dessert roll with dough and thick poppyseed paste.

Then there is Polish sushi - marinated herring (sledzie), Polish style, with vinegar, not wine, and ... vodka, of course.
Seriously though, stuffed cabbage would not be too bad. Pierogi, for 30 people would be madness.
Or borszcz - a big bowl of beet soup?
polkamaniac 1 | 482  
15 Dec 2009 /  #3
Here is an easy dish-pancakes for the morning-very easy to make!!!!!!


These are thin, crispy, fried potato pancakes. They are delicious!! This recipe has been passed down generations in my
Polish family. Platski are very easy to make and taste fabulous. But I must warn you: these are very addictive!! Prep Time: approx. 10 Minutes. Cook Time: approx. 20 Minutes. Makes 4 servings .
OP Helen57 1 | 1  
15 Dec 2009 /  #4
Thanks but she doesn't have anyway to refridgerate or heat.

She has a final tomorrow AM afterward she is driving home, will make the item, drive back to the dorm, sleep, and then go to the 8AM final and this "get together" is immediately after.
f stop 24 | 2,501  
15 Dec 2009 /  #5
That is a great idea! it is a bit time consuming because you have to make sure the potatoes are fully cooked, but entirely doable. Also, grating potatoes for minimum 30 pancakes - food processor is a must. But, I would not use onion powder. Grate one real onion for every 5 or 6 potatoes. I don't even use flour. Just an egg to bind it a little, but either one will work. Garlic is optional as well.

Mmm... I want some!

I just read your reply... no heat.

Do you have Publix supermarket in your neck of the woods? Call around and ask if they have Krakus Polish ham. It's in a huge can, about $30. One of the popular appetizers in Poland is a plate of cold cuts, bread, butter, condiments. Add some head cheese (it's not cheese, it's called polędwica), above mentioned ćwikla, mustard, bread butter..

For 20% grade, she would have to have some good stories to go with it...
Or, if she wants to make it a bit humorous, just boil a bunch of potatoes, and sprinkle them with bacon bits - that was a very popular dinner during the communist times, when meat was very hard to come by. Plain thin yogurt to drink... I forget what they call it here..

oh, and sliced polish sausage on the cold cuts plate, of course. If you can find a Polish store, they'll probably have some kabanosy - thin dried smoked sausage.
polkamaniac 1 | 482  
15 Dec 2009 /  #6
Are you telling me that you don't have a cooler or access to one and no microwave in the dorm.My 2 daughters went to university and that's all they used to heat up their meals. They also had a small fridge which held barely anything.
Ksysia 25 | 430  
15 Dec 2009 /  #7
At home if I need food really fast, the best thing is to fry breaded pork chops - it really takes a moment, and they keep out of the fridge, too, for a day.

take pork chops, slice them in two thin halves,
beat on a board (place a wooden board on the corner of the table, well supported by one leg, on a towel. put a slice of pork on the board and gently hammer. it's to tenderize rather than make noise)

on a plate break two eggs and beat them ligtly with a fork, with salt and pepper
ready a second plate with flour
and third plate with bread crumbs
put the pork on the flour, then egg, then bread, to cover it up
put on a hot pan with oil
fry slowly until very well done, and nicely brown, without turning a lot - only flip once
dry on a paper towel and keep covered, they will be good tomorrow

you can do the same with chicken breasts, slice it to the same thickness, less than a centimeter
polkamaniac 1 | 482  
16 Dec 2009 /  #8
So------the deadline is over and what did you're daughter decide to make??????

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