8 Must-Try Comfort Foods Of Ukraine

Borscht: A hearty and nourishing beet soup made with a base of beef or vegetable broth, shredded cabbage, carrots, potatoes, onions, and garlic, often served with a dollop of sour cream and a slice of dark rye bread.

Varenyky (Pierogi): Dumplings filled with a variety of savory or sweet fillings, such as mashed potatoes, sauerkraut, cheese, mushrooms, or cherries, boiled or fried and served with sour cream or melted butter.

Holubtsi (Stuffed Cabbage Rolls): Cabbage leaves stuffed with a mixture of ground meat (usually pork or beef), rice, onions, and spices, simmered in a tomato-based sauce until tender and flavorful.

Deruny (Potato Pancakes): Crispy potato pancakes made from grated potatoes mixed with flour, eggs, onions, and seasonings, fried until golden brown and served with sour cream or applesauce.

Kutia: A sweet porridge made from wheat berries, poppy seeds, honey, nuts, and dried fruits, traditionally served as part of the Ukrainian Christmas Eve meal (Sviata Vecheria).

Syrniki: Fluffy pancakes made from farmer's cheese (tvorog), eggs, flour, and sugar, fried until golden brown and served with sour cream, jam, or honey for a delicious breakfast or dessert.

Kholodets (Aspic): A cold meat jelly made by simmering pork or chicken bones, meat, and vegetables until the collagen-rich broth sets into a gelatinous texture, often served as an appetizer with mustard or horseradish.

Chicken Kyiv: Breaded and fried chicken cutlets stuffed with herb-infused butter, typically made with a boneless chicken breast pounded flat, rolled around a piece of cold butter, breaded, and fried until crispy and golden.

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