Polish ‘krokiety’ are usually rolled pancakes filled with meat, cabbage, cheese or mushrooms, fried in breadcrumbs. They can take longer time to prepare, but they’re definitely worth it. ‘Krokiety’ with cabbage and mushrooms are a traditional Christmas Eve meal, but they are also served for an everyday’s dinner or lunch. They go very well with beetroot soup or mushroom sauce.
Prep time: 30 min, moderate
Cook time: 60 min
¾ glass milk
¾ glass water
Oil for frying
1 kg sauerkraut (get a bag or a jar from a Polish Shop)
200g dried wild mushrooms or 500g fresh ones
2 garlic cloves
1 tablespoon sweet pepper (powder)
1 tablespoon spicy pepper (powder)
2 bay leaves, 3 grains of allspice
1 tablespoon ‘vegeta’ (a selection of spices from a Polish Shop) or ‘Maggi’
Salt, pepper for taste
1 glass breadcrumbs
1 or 2 eggs
1. Mix all the ingredients in a bowl.
2. Pre-heat some oil on a frying pan, make sure it’s hot before you start frying your pancakes.
4. Fried pancakes drain with a paper towel, and leave to cool down.
1. If you use dried mushrooms, soak them in water (or chicken stock) for several hours, or cook them for an hour. If you use fresh mushrooms, peel them and wash.
2. Put the cabbage from the jar or a bag on a chopping board and chop it into smaller pieces. Steam it in the water from dried mushroom, chicken stock or water, as long as the cabbage becomes soft. Add all the spices to the steaming cabbage.
Sauerkraut in a jar
3. Peel onion and garlic and chop them finely (I usually use an electric blender), and then add them into the cabbage.
4. Chop mushrooms into small pieces - use the blender again. Add them into the pan and steam all together for about 30 minutes.
5. Season with salt and pepper. The filling should be sour, but you can regulate its flavour with lemon juice, sugar, salt and pepper.
6. Pre-heat oil on a frying pan and fry cabbage for about 15 minutes, stirring. Leave it to cool down.
1. When pancakes and the cabbage cool down, spread the cabbage over each pancake.
2. Roll ‘krokiety’ as shown below:
Fold two opposite edges of the pancake
Roll the pancake starting with an unfolded edge
Close the roll
3. Dip rolls in salted eggs and then breadcrumbs. The coating will hold the rolls.
4. Pre-heat frying pan and fry coated rolls on both sides, so they golden brown.
5. ‘Krokiety’ with cabbage and mushrooms and delicious served with beetroot soup or mushroom sauce. Enjoy!