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Latvian Piragas

Filling: 4 cups finely chopped ham 1 pound finely chopped bacon 1 onion, minced 2 TB black pepper 1 box Pillsbury hot roll mix flour 1 beaten egg Traditionaly, coffee is drunk when making these. You will need some black coffee to add to the beaten egg, but it is optional.

Directions Prepare hot roll […]

Latvian Sauerkraut Soup

1.2l beef stock 400g sauerkraut, drained 120ml sour cream salt and freshly-ground black pepper, to taste 6 small potatoes, cubed


Bring a pan of lightly-salted water to a boil, add the potatoes and cook for about 20 minutes, or until just tender. Drain and set aside.

Meanwhile, combine the beef stock and sauerkraut in […]


1 (28ounce) jar wine-cured sauerkraut 2 diced Apples or 1/2 cup applesauce 1 bay leaf 1 Onion, finely chopped (optional) 1/2 teaspoon caraway seeds 1 pinch black pepper 3-4 tablespoons brown sugar or demerara sugar 3 1 tablespoon lard or Bacon drippings


1. Drain the sauerkraut only if it is too salty, otherwise use […]

Latvia: Sauerkraut

2 – 3 tablespoons rendered goose grease, duck grease, or bacon fat 30 – 40 g 2 – 4 onions 1 can/jar store-bought sauerkraut 1 small head of cabbage 1 – 3 Macintosh or Granny Smith apples (optional) 1 – 2 cups tomato juice 250 – 500 ml (optional) ¼ – 1 teaspoon caraway seeds […]

Latvia: Unrefined wheat flour patties

1,5 kg unrefined wheat flour 1 litre milk buttermilk or water 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon sugar 1 glass boiled mashed potatoes 50 gr yeast 100 gr sour cream or lard

Directions: Mix yeast with 1 teaspoon sugar, leave it in a warm spot to rise. Heat milk to 300 degrees Celsius. Stir into the […]

Latvia: Sour porridge

1 litre water 2 tablespoons barely groats 1 glass curdled milk 2 tablespoons sour cream

Directions: Rinse barely groats and add to boiling water, boil to semi-softness. Add curdled milk to porridge and stop boiling. Add sour cream to cooled porridge. If you want sour porridge, keep it in room temperature for 1-2 days and […]

Latvia: Smooth solstice cheese

1 kg farm cheese 5 litre milk 1000 gr butter 3 eggs salt caraway seeds

Directions: Heat milk to boil, add crumbled farm cheese and heat until the mixture congeals into a cheesy mass and the whey separates. Pour the cheese mass into a double-layered piece of cheesecloth that has been soaked in cold water, […]

Latvia: Saltibarsciai

38 g. pickled, coarsely diced beets 19 g. beet marinade (pickling juice) 6 g. chopped dill 25 g. chopped fresh cucumber 150 ml sour milk 18 g. sour cream pinch salt 3.5 – 4 g. sugar 3-4 hard-boiled egg slices 3 g. chopped green onion

Directions: In a bowl, add salt to sour milk, and […]

Latvia: Polish sausage and scalloped potatoes

1 pound polish sausage or 1 pound polska kielbasa 1 box scalloped potatoes or 1 recipe scalloped potatoes

Directions: Make potatoes according to directions, bake for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and add chopped up sausage poking the pieces down into the potatoes. Return to oven and bake until done and bubbly.

Latvian-style cheese danishes

Ingredients: Dough ingredients: 1 cp. milk 2 1/2 cps. flour 1 package (1 Tbsp.) yeast 5 Tbsp. butter 5 Tbsp. sugar 1/2 tsp. salt Filling ingredients: 2 lbs. (dry) cottage cheese raisins (to taste) 10 Tbsp. sugar 1 package Oetker`s vanilla sugar 1 package Oetker`s vanilla pudding powder juice of half a lemon 2 eggs, […]