The ultimate Polish comfort food: Lazanki recipe
Recipe for one of my favourite comfort foods. Enjoy
I haven't been adding recipes for quite a long long time, but I believe that will change and I will find something interesting to share with you. This time I want to introduce all of you to one of my 'comfort foods', which has an equal top place together with pierogi.
The dish is called "Lazanki" (singular lazanka), which is basically a type of pasta. Lazanki pasta probably arrived to Poland in the XVI century, thanks to Queen Bona Sforza d'Aragona who was Queen of Poland (1518) and was also the wife of Sigmund I the Old.
The first time I ate them was on Christmas Eve some time ago, prepared by my grandmother. Yes! It was love from first taste. The perfect balance of sweetness, saltness, spiciness, sourness and a bit of added crunchy texture thanks to fried sauerkraut. After some time, I decided to prepare and recreate Lazanki on my own. I have prepared them many, many times and every time I do the dish smells and tastes wonderful. It's just delicious! So here is my recipe for you:
* Lazanki pasta (500g - one package). If you don't have lazanki, feel free to use your other favourite pasta (farfalle, penne etc.)
* 2 onions
* Mushrooms (500g) - I used champignons
* Sauerkraut (700g/800g)
* Allspice x3 tsps
* Bay leaf x3
* Salt, pepper, sugar and garlic powder (to taste)
NOTE: Also you can add some sausage, bacon or fatback (if you love meat a lot)
1. Pour away the juice from the sauerkraut into a cup, or pour away if you don't need it. Then, put the sauerkraut into a saucepan, add water (1 litre or more), so that the cabbage is covered with water. Add bay leaves, your allspice and boil it for 1-2h (or If you have time, boil it even longer to get rid of a bit of sourness). After an hour, change the water to fresh water and boil once again. After this time, take it out and leave to cool.
2. While the sauerkraut is cooling down, chop your onions (you will cry a bit, but the taste will make up for it) and fry until soft. Do the same with your champignons. 👇
Put everything into a big bowl/pot and set aside for a moment.
3. Now, it's time for the cabbage. Fry cabbage over a medium heat until golden in colour. 👇
Add your fried cabbage to the bowl with the champignons and onion.
4. Boil lazanki pasta (or other) according to instruction on the package. Add your cooked pasta to the bowl with the rest of the ingredients.
5. Next, add sugar, pepper, salt and garlic powder to taste and mix thoroughly. 👇
It's ready to serve!