Czech Republic

Here we are, in another wonderful European country that is heavy on the potatoes and the flavor! The term “Czech”, refers to the cultural characteristics of the Czech speaking inhabitants of the Czech Republic, including Bohemia and Moravia.  My husband’s ancestors come from the Kingdom of Bohemia- which I am thankful for because I got to find these amazing potato pancakes! 😀

In the Czech Republic, music is the most popular art. There is an old saying that goes;  “Co Čech, to muzikant “, which means, “every Czech is a musician”.  Every May since 1946, musicians from all over the world come to the country for a festival in Prague known as Prague Spring.

Now to the good stuff… Food.

Kure Na Paprice with Bramboracky (chicken paprika with Czech potato pancakes)

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  • 2 lbs boneless skinless chicken breast, cut into chunks
  • 4 tsp paprika
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. Season chicken with 1 tsp paprika, salt and pepper
  2. Heat olive oil in skillet, and saute chicken until thoroughly cooked, set aside.  czech4
  3. Add butter to skillet and saute onion until soft.                 czech3
  4. Add remaining paprika, broth, and sour cream, stir until thickened.    czech2
  5. Place chicken back in skillet, and turn heat down to low.

I doubled the recipe for the sauce, knowing that I wanted to smother my Bramborackys in it!

  • 4 Large potatoes (rule- 1 potato for each person eating, then multiply the rest of the recipe accordingly)
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • a pinch of dried marjoram
  • 2 tsp caraway seeds
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tbsp milk
  • 3 tbsp flour
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • oil for frying
  1. Peel and coarsely grate potatoes, squeezing out as much liquid as you can.  czech7
  2. Stir in the garlic, salt, pepper, marjoram, and caraway seeds.
  3. Beat the eggs with the milk, and add to potato mixture, then gradually add the flour until thick.                                                                   czech6
  4. Heat oil 1/4″ deep in skillet, use about 1/4 cup of the batter and flatten it out slightly.  Cook for 2-3 minutes per side.                            czech5
  5. Drain on paper towels, and enjoy!  I used the Kure Na Paprice as the topping!    czech

Reviews?   Both dishes were great! I liked them together, but Hannah (15 chef) says she would put the chicken on mashed potatoes, and serve the pancakes with something more sweet.  Nathan (20, loves food) said he would eat the pancakes with a honey mustard dip, and the chicken by itself.  So experiment a little!  Let me know what you served you Kure Na Paprice over, and how it tasted! Let me know what you served with your Bramborackys, and how that tasted too!  I can’t wait to hear all the wonderful ideas!

Thursday is Maundy Thursday, so we’re taking a break from the world tour, and making my family’s traditional Turkey dinner! I’ll show you all how it turned out tomorrow morning!

Much love!

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