Eastern European Recipes

Browse traditional Eastern European recipes for dishes like borscht and cabbage rolls, rated by home cooks like you.

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Rating: 4.5 stars 98
My father and grandparents were born in Czechoslovakia. I use to watch my grandmother make these small pastries at Christmas time and I couldn't wait to eat them when she was all done. I do hope you will enjoy this recipe as much as I do. You will need a large area to work.

Serbian Cevapcici

Rating: 4.5 stars 78
A delicious little sausage-like meat. Great served as a sandwich.

Slovak Stuffed Cabbage

Rating: 4.5 stars 262
I received this recipe from my grandmother. It was passed down to her from her grandmother. This can be made ahead of time and frozen for a few days prior to cooking. Enjoy!
By Allrecipes Member

Solianka or Russian Beef Soup

Rating: 5 stars 35
This is a traditional Russian soup that is served as a meal by itself. Vodka is usually served with it. Garnish with fresh lemon slices and sour cream.
By Allrecipes Member

Real Hungarian Goulash (No Tomato Paste Here)

Rating: 4.5 stars 78
It's hard to find a real Hungarian recipe for goulash. This is the real thing. Real goulash has no tomato paste or beans. Eat with a slice of rustic bread. Dip bread in sauce and clean the plate with the bread at the end. Can be eaten with spaetzle.

Rice Bread (Pirog)

Rating: 4.5 stars 6
This is one of our family's traditional recipes, a regional Polish sweet bread with rice filling (From Breaking Bread: A Family History Preserved By Seven Sisters). It makes a wonderful tea bread!
By Karla Rossi

Simple Golabki

Rating: 4.5 stars 29
This is an extremely reductive version of the traditional Polish dish, Golabki or Stuffed Cabbage Rolls. This recipe was given to my mother by her Polish mother-in-law several years ago. Simple Golabki is tasty, easy, and quick.

Bosnian Style Cornbread (Razljevak)

Rating: 4.5 stars 12
This is a recipe from my hometown of Sarajevo, and it is similar to a southern cornbread. What makes it unique is the addition of semolina flour (or Cream of Wheat®). If you don't have semolina flour, you can just replace it with additional corn meal. This recipes also makes excellent muffins.

Stuffed Cabbage Rolls

Rating: 4.5 stars 1431
Cabbage leaves filled with ground beef and rice are simmered in tomato soup for this Polish-inspired favorite.
By Allrecipes Member

Ukrainian Red Borscht Soup

Rating: 4.5 stars 467
A delicious and hearty version of Eastern Europe's classic beet soup.

Russian Honey Cake

Rating: 5 stars 47
Chef John's version of Russian honey cake where "burnt" honey is the star.

Hungarian Cucumber Salad

Rating: 4.5 stars 107
Great salad to make when you have a ton of cucumbers coming out of the garden. We make this year round but we are real cuke lovers in this family. Let it sit for a few days in the fridge and it's even better! Great make-ahead dish for BBQs and parties.

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Porkolt (Hungarian Stew) Made With Pork
Rating: Unrated 182
"Excellent: a flavorful and satisfying comfort food. I'm not sure what made this so darn good—the bacon maybe, or the sweet Hungarian paprika? A real hit." – naples34102
Old World Poppy Seed Roll
Rating: Unrated 86
"Tender, soft, sweet, yeast bread swirled with a homemade poppy seed filling. Looks complicated, but is easy enough to make." – Linda (LMT)
Polish Egg Salad
Rating: 5 stars 7

This creamy-style egg salad is quite common in Poland. It has a similar consistency than egg salad with mayo but it is made with cream cheese. Lovely in a sandwich with fresh cress.