Slovakia

Dish

Bryndzové Halušky is one of the national dishes in Slovakia.This hearty meal consists of Halušky (boiled lumps of potato dough similar in appearance to gnocchi) and bryndza(a soft sheep cheese), optionally sprinkled with cooked bits of smoked pork fat/bacon. Žinčica is traditionally drunk with this meal, it’s a sheep’s milk whey and is served in a wooden cup. There is an annual Bryndzové Halušky festival in Turecká that features an eating contest.

Ingredients

  • Potatoes – 3 pieces
  • Flour – 5 tablespoons (tbsp)
  • Egg – 1 piece
  • Bacon
  • Bryndza (Slovak Sheep Cheese) – or use feta cheese mixed to a paste with cream cheese if you cant get authentic Bryndza.
  • Salt
Bryndzové Halusky

Method

  1. First peel potatoes and shred them.
  2. Add egg and flour. You need to make dough that is not watery but also not tough. If it happens to be too watery, add more flour; if it is too tough, add some water.
  3. Add 1 tbsp of salt.
  4. Boil water with 2 tbsp of salt (the water has to boil all the time during the preparation).
  5. carve off small bites of dough with a teaspoon or with a knife on a chopping board and gently roll each piece then toss pieces about 2,5 cm (an inch) long into the boiled water.
  6. Cook them for few minutes until they float on the water level. Take them out with a strainer and halušky are ready.
  7. Cut bacon into small pieces and fry them.
  8. Put bryndza on top of halušky and heat them together. It is very difficult or many times impossible to buy bryndza outside Slovakia, but you can use other cheese instead, for example feta cheese mixed with cream cheese and milk).
  9. Put the fried bacon on the top of halušky (with a bit of the pan grease) before serving.