Green Peppers are one of those vegetables that taste great raw, or cooked. I like all color peppers, green, red, orange, yellow, as a raw vegetable used in salads, or with dips. I also would like to share this recipe for peppers served hot, as a main course, or as a side dish. Peppers, like cabbage rolls, may be stuffed with meat or vegetable stuffing, so I selected the rice/mushrooms stuffing for this recipe.
Most of you already are familiar with Cabbage Rolls, but to Eastern European cooks, they are known as Holupki. Holubtsi, or Golabki. All Cabbage Rolls may look the same, yet be very different, depending on the filling used to prepare them. The most popular filling consists of cooked rice mixed with ground beef and spices; however you can also use rice or buckwheat mixed with mushrooms, spiced up mashed potatoes, or a vegetarian filling, which I will introduce in this recipe. Cabbage Rolls are not the easiest dish to prepare, since it requires a lot of prep work beforehand, especially the cabbage, but if you love them, it’s well worth the effort.
Angel Wings, known as, Khrusty, or Chrusciki, are a very popular and dainty dessert specialty found in Polish bakeries, European specialty stores, or even some grocery stores. They are very light and airy, and quite simple to make. My granddaughter already loves these, so I have to make sure these are on hand when she is visiting.
With lots of green for St. Patrick’s Day, I am contributing with a Green Punch (no-alcoholic drink), for those who are too young, or not so fond of alcohol, to be indulging in Guinness, or other green beer. This is a quite refreshing punch, suitable for any occasion.
If you are planning a party and need ideas to expand your menu beyond the chips and dips, Swedish Meatballs will to the trick. You can make these from scratch, or cut on preparation time, and buy ready made Italian Style frozen meatballs, just add the sauce, and cook. I tried the ready made meatballs once, and they are almost as good as home made.