It is not a fancy food, so you can´t get it in the restaurant. So maybe this is a reason, why you don´t know it. But anyway, šunkofleky is very liked meal. And we cook it very often at home. I remember, it was my favorite meal when I was at school. But the reason for that was maybe pickled cucumber which traditionally goes with that. We cook it with flakes (special shaped pasta), smoked pork, eggs and cream.
Stuffed paprika with tomato sauce (plněná paprika)
Stuffed paprika is a typical Czech specialty. It contains two very popular things. Tomato sauce, which is delicious sweet and sour goodie and the second fantastic thing about that is the stuffed paprika itself. Paprika is stuffed by minced meet, what is nicely spiced by garlic, onion and various herbs. Paprika itself gifts unusual piquant flavour. We usually eat it with dumplings or rice. Of course it can have a lots of varies depend on the region or family. Some people roast paprika in the oven, some on the stove top.
Potato pancakes (bramboráky)
This is a dish which is regularly served at Czech homes. It has a lot of variations. Some people eat it with sauerkraut, some people eat it with meat and some people eat it by itself. You can eat it hot what is very crispy. But some people, me for example, like it cold from a fridge. It is cooked with potatoes, garlic, eggs, marjoram. Potato became to be commodity nr.1 after it was brought from America. Interesting is, that at the beginning of its existence in Europe, potatoes were understood as goodie and were extremely expensive. After some time, it became to regular foodstuff, eaten by poor.
Stuffed beef fillet (španělský ptáček)
It´s funny, that original name of that dish is Spanish bird, but it doesn´t have anything to do with Spain and birds at all. The name came from the Spanish cooks who prepared food for emperor of the Czech kingdom, Rudolph II. in the 16th century. And this is a reason, why it was understood as Spanish specialty. In fact, it is beef fillet stuffed with an egg, pickled cucumber, bacon and salami.
Schnitzel with potato salad (řízek)
Have you ever heard of Czech Schnitzel, what we take with us everywhere we go for vacation? J This is famous Czech Schnitzel. Surprisingly, schnitzel came from Italy at the end of 19 th century and was brought by Josef Vaclav Radecky, who was famous army leader. Than the schnitzel became to be popular and was domesticated in a Czech cuisine. We use chicken, or pork to make it. Than, you need an egg, flour, bread crump, salt and pepper. We eat it with potato salad, potatoes or mashed potatoes. Potato salad is important in a winter time, because it is part of our Christmas dinner. Traditional Christmas dinner is fried carp with potato salad.
Lentil paste (čočka na kyselo)
Lentil paste is traditional New Year meal. Tradition says, if you eat it on the New Year day you will have enough money in the next year. We cook it as a daily meal too. We eat it with an egg, what is a vegetarian version, or smoked pork what is liked by meat eaters.
Potato dumplings filled with smoked meat (chlupaté knedlíky)
In an encyclopedia of the Czech cuisine the ‘dumplings’ entry would run to several pages. Potato dumplings with smoked meat would take pride of place – but cooking and eating them is much better than writing about them. My grandma cooked it very well and it was a dish what I every time asked her to make. Potato dumplings are stuffed with smoked pork and served out with stewed sauerkraut. It is very delicious homemade meal.
Roasted duck with dumplings and sauerkraut
I dream about the roasted duck. The dream usually comes true on 26 th December, when we traditionally eat that meal. It is holiday meal and it is no more to say than I love it. It takes a little while to prepare it but the result is 100% amazing. You will fall in love with that meal, because it smells delightfully, looks wonderfully and taste is unrepeatable. We roast it for more than 3 hours and we eat it with sweat and sour red cabbage and potato dumplings.
Dill sauce (koprovka)
It is broadly known, that Czech cuisine is based upon sauces. This is one of them. The dill sauce. It is white creamy sauce which goes with dumplings or potatoes, and beef or egg. It means, that it is pretty variable meal and it suits to meat eaters same as vegetarians. This is a magic of this delicious sauce, my husband´s favorite dish.
Potato soup (bramboračka)
It's one of the most traditional Czech soups. Known as a “ grandma soup”. Every family has an own recipe how to make a potato soup. So is not so easy to say which is really traditional. We cook it with mushrooms, vegetable, potatoes. Some people put a cabbage or sausage in it too.
That soup is pretty popular in a winter, because it warms you up. If you have been to the Czech Republic in a winter, you know the reason why :)
Garlic soup (česnečka)
I call that soup as “fairy tale soup” because it is connected to my favorite fairy tale “The salt better than gold” where the magic grandma taught the princess how to cook the garlic soup. I remember, that the soup smelled throughout TV screen.
Garlic soup has very long tradition in the Czech Republic and is very popular. It is very easy to prepare it and the result is amazingly tasty. For these who like garlic, the soup is perfect way how to learn about a Czech.
We don´t have any English word for this soup, I have realized :) So it is white, creamy soup. We cook it with potatoes, dill, mushrooms, and eggs. Kulajda came from Southern Bohemian region and it has a lot of local forms. Soup is really thick and this is a reason, why it can be served as a main dish. It is not very easy to cook it, but the time what is necessary to spent on it will pay back. You will be totally surprised how this soup tastes great!
Cabbage soup is very typical for Moravian region of Valašsko. That part of the Czech Republic is very hilly, so cabbage was one of not so many kinds of vegetables planted there. Anyway, cabbage is very usual ingredient in the Czech cuisine. Do you need another reason why to taste and cook cabbage soup? It is full of vitamin C, highly contained in cabbage. No wonder that soup was popular in a past as a rich source of vitamins. This delicious soup is very popular in a present time, because it tastes amazingly good.