14 Mar Polish snacks and simmered pears
Last Friday, I had some friends round for a dinner of “przekaski” – Polish snacks. I made placki – that’s the little potato cake you see up there with some creamy mushroom topping, a spicy beetroot salad, cauliflower in breadcrumbs and grilled some dried Polish sausage which we dipped in English mustard (as much as I love mild Polish mustards, I’m addicted to that English kick). For the placki, you need to grate a couple of large potatoes and a medium onion on the really small holes of the grater – so that they are basically raw mush. Try not to grate yourself. Season your mush well before frying in olive oil until golden, about 4min each side. The mushroom topping is a mixture of closed cup mushrooms and shitake mushrooms, chopped and fried in butter, in a pan where they have room to brown. Then I added a little bit of garlic, soya sauce and some single cream. If that up there looks like a tiny portion, it’s because I forgot to take pictures of our first and second helpings and that’s all we had left by the time I remembered!