Shane comes to Slovak dinner

We grabbed our passports yesterday afternoon and headed fifty minutes over to Linden, NJ. After clearing customs at my grandfather’s back door (back door for family, front door for company), we sat down to a Slovak dinner prepared by my godmother Merka.

She outdid herself as usual and enjoyed giving us the blow-by-blow of how she slaved in the kitchen for hours. We appreciated the results. For the stuffed cabbages, she had to boil two heads of cabbage on the stove and then stuffed each leaf with a mixture of pork, veal, and white rice, only to let it simmer for two hours in a mixture of tomato sauce, tomato paste, vegetable oil, garlic, paprika and other fixings.

She made her cucumber salad by scraping off the skin, cutting very thin slices and then soaking it all in white vinegar with onion slivers, salt, black pepper, and sugar.

The potato salad was great too, and she likes to add in red and green peppers, hard boiled eggs, and carrots.

I ate three stuffed cabbages. They are very filling. Shane had six or seven. She sent us home with a sauce pan of extras, and a container of cucumbers and potato salad.

Shane is always such a good sport. He wasn’t really sure what was inside them, but he loved the stuffed cabbages. Everyone always loves the stuffed cabbages. I remember one time in 4th grade we had an international food day at my school, so of course I brought in the cabbages. Everyone was pretty suspicious, but they all got eaten up!

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4 Comments on “Shane comes to Slovak dinner”

  1. Martha LaValette March 31, 2012 at 18:58 #

    Yummy. I had some today.

  2. Karen March 31, 2012 at 20:06 #

    Sounds Delish!!!

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