Czech Republic: Recipes and Cuisine

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The food of the Czech Republic is as Central European as it gets. Hearty and filling, Czech cooking centers largely around roast meats, dumplings (knedlíky), sausages (vuřty), potatoes, cabbage and sauerkraut, cheese and a delicious variety of pastries, tortes and cakes. Caraway and marjoram are the most popular seasonings for flavoring dishes, especially roast pork. Czechs have a strong pub culture, and small shops selling beer (pivo) and frankfurters (párky) are found in most towns and cities. This quick meal is eaten standing up at counters.


Czech Recipes

Bramborové Knedlíky

(Czech potato dumplings; see Kartoffelknödel recipe)

Dušené Zelí

Breakfast | Bubble and Squeak

(Czech braised cabbage)

Braised cabbage is a very popular side vegetable in Central Europe, often served with roast meats and dumplings. It is called gedünstetes Kraut in Germany. Read more »

Houskové Knedlíky

(Czech bread dumplings; see Semmelknödel recipe)

Makový Koláč

(Czech poppy seed torte)

Variations of the poppy seed torte are found throughout Central and Eastern Europe. It is known as Mohntorte in Germany and makowiec in Poland. This recipe is a simple, flourless version from the Czech Republic. Read more »

Vepřová Pečeně

(Czech roast pork; see Schweinebraten recipe)