Czech Cuisine and Recipes

Czech cuisine (Czech: česká kuchyně) has both influenced and been influenced by the cuisine of surrounding countries. Many of the cakes and pastries that are popular in Central Europe originated within the Czech lands. Contemporary Czech cuisine is more meat-based than in previous periods; the current abundance of farmable meat has enriched its presence in regional cuisine.

Borůvka Bublanina – Blueberry Bubble Cake

Bublanina varies with the season and the fruit that is available. It’s a bit like a coffee cake in texture and is probably why it is sometimes served as a breakfast pastry.

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Bramboráčky – Savoury Potato Pancakes

Bramboráčky are shallow-fried pancakes of grated potato, flour and egg, often flavoured with grated onion or garlic and seasoning. These fried potato pancakes are a great accompaniment to beer.

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Buchteln – Jam-filled Rolls

It’s the understated nature of these sweet milk bread buns that makes them so wonderful. While typically filled with a little plum jam, the rolls may also include other fruit jam, curd, or poppy-seed filling.

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Česnečka – Garlic Soup

According to Czech lore, Česnečka (garlic soup) will cure just about anything, even the common cold. It certainly tastes rich and comforting. So, if you feel under the weather, make a big pot of this simple soup of stock, potatoes, garlic and cheese to help you feel better.

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Czech Cuisine

Jitrnice – Liver Sausage

A good jitrnice should be meaty and not feel like a paste so don’t be too liberal with the bread. The trick to the jitrnice is cooking it slowly and cautiously. The lining which is made from the pig’s intestines, is fragile and prone to bursting, therefore a low heat should be used to cook the sausage through and scorch the skin nicely.

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Klobasnek – Sausage in a Roll

A klobasnek (klobasniky), is a savoury finger food of Czech origin often thought to be a variation of the kolache; however, most Czechs hold the distinction that kolache are only filled with non-meat fillings. Klobasniky are similar in style to a pigs in a blanket or sausage roll but wrapped in kolache dough.

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Malina Bublanina – Raspberry Bubble Cake

The universal Czechoslovakian cake, called Bublanina, varies with the season and the fruit that is available. It’s a bit like a coffeecake in texture and is probably why it is sometimes served as a breakfast pastry. Commonly used fruits are raspberries, sweet cherries, tart cherries, plums, nectarines, apricots, strawberries and blueberries.

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Poppy Seed Kolache

Kolache (also spelled kolace, kolach, or kolacky, from the Czech and Slovak plural koláče) is a type of pastry that holds a dollop of fruit rimmed by a puffy pillow of supple dough. Originating as a semisweet wedding dessert from Central Europe.

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Sauerkraut

To make your own sauerkraut you will rely on the bacteria found on the cabbage leaves. The salt draws out the water and kills off the spoilage bacteria.

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Smažený Sýr – Fried Cheese

Smažený sýr or fried cheese is a popular Czech street food and is so easy to make. It can be eaten as an appetiser, side dish, or a vegetarian main course with mashed potatoes and vegetables.

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