It took me months to actually come up with a Belarusian Menu When I finally did it, I made it only for Mike and I. The problem wasn't a lack of recipes, I found a full Belarusian Cookbook online in addition to a smattering of recipes at several websites. But the actual process of coming up with a menu daunted me. It was, for example, pretty hard to come up with an appetizer that I would like to eat. I found many recipes for soups and salads, but nothing that would tempt my palate (I don't tend to like soups or salads to begin with). I finally decided on stuffed potato pancakes.
A second problem was that I wanted a menu that incorporated most of Belarus staples (meat, potatoes, mushrooms, sour cream) without being too repetitious. It's amazing how often these four ingredients show up in Belarusian dishes.
Finally, many of the dishes just didn't sound very interesting or likely to be particularly good. That, of course, probably just reflects my lack of experience with Eastern European cooking.
I was pretty happy with the menu I came up with. Most of the food was surprisingly good, if perhaps a bit too rich to be eaten in large quantities.
My final menu consisted of:
Potato pancakes with mushroom filling
A pork stew served with:
A Belarusian cake.
Belarusian Food Links
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