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Main dishes for Christmas in Ukraine

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A recipe of the main traditional Ukrainian dish is included :)

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Main dishes for Christmas in Ukraine

  1. 1. Main dishes for Christmas in Ukraine
  2. 2. Christmas dinner • Kutia is a traditional dish made of boiled wheat, seeds of poppy and honey • Uzvar, a drink made of dried fruit • Salad of beetroot • Holubtsi • Varenyky with potatoes 12/8/13
  3. 3. Kutia • Kutia is the hostess of Christmas evening RECIPE • Ingredients: Servings: 8 1 1/2 cups wheat berries, soaked in warm water for 24 hours, and then strained (kernels) 4 1/2 cups water (or more) or 4 1/2 cups milk (or more) 3/4 cup poppy seed 2/3 cup sliced roasted almonds or 2/3 cup walnuts 1/2 cup honey, to taste 2/3 cup chopped dried apricot (optional) 1/2 cup raisins 1 pinch salt, to taste 1 dash ground cinnamon 12/8/13
  4. 4. Directions: 1 In a medium pot, combine wheat kernels and milk. 2 Bring to a boil. 3 Reduce heat, cover, and simmer 3 hours. 4 Add more liquid as necessary to keep kernels covered. 5 Scald the poppy seeds with boiling water, drain, and add lukewarm water to cover. 6 Soak 30 minutes, drain and grind in a food processor. 7 Set aside. 8 Drain water from wheat kernels and keep 1/2 cup of the liquid. 9 Add the honey to the liquid and mix well. 10 Mix kernels, honey, ground poppy seeds, almonds, apricots, raisins, and salt. 11 Bake in a 2-quart casserole dish, uncovered, at 325 degrees for 20 minutes. 12 Kutia may be served warm or chilled, and sprinkled with cinnamon, but it is best when prepared several days ahead of time in order for the full flavor to develop. 13 Kutia can be refrigerated for up to two weeks. 12/8/13
  5. 5. Uzvar Uzvar is the main drink of Christmas evening. Uzvar is a drink prepared from several kinds of dried fruits (original recipe features apples, pears and prunes) and sometimes berries sweetened with honey or sugar. 12/8/13
  6. 6. Also, there are many other dishes we can taste on Christmas Eve
  7. 7. We wish you a merry Christmas!!! 12/8/13

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