Monday, September 22, 2008

Trip to Lithuania

I've joined a new blogging group, My Kitchen, My World.  We "travel" to different countries through their cuisine each week.  For my first week, we're off to the exciting land of Lithuania. Hmm.  This is not a place that exactly tops my must-go list.  A quick google search yields a cuisine full of beets, potatoes, and pickled things.  yummy.  There were some interesting potato "kugels," but they looked like calorie fests. I then came upon this soup, that seemed to have a good amount of vegetables in it and would make use of the leftover bacon in the fridge.  Perfect!  Off to Lithuania!

Grybø sriuba su laðiniukais (grybienë)

200 g (3/4 cup) bacon, finely cut
1 l (4 cups) fresh mushrooms, cut into medium pieces
5 potatoes, peeled and diced
1 onion, finely cut
2 carrots, sliced thin
2 garlic cloves
200 g (3/4 cup) sour cream
5 sprigs fresh dill, chopped
5 peppercorns
3 bay leaves

Fry bacon and onion. Place all ingredients, except sour cream, in a soup pot, cover with water and cook on medium heat until potatoes and carrots are soft, for about 30 minutes. When soup is done, add sour cream and bring to a gentle boil.
Black bread goes well with this soup.


Joy @ Joy Of Desserts said...

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Carla said...

Sounds like a fun group! I should join too. Hopefully I can make the country cuisines college-friendly :)

pievauja said...

Oh, but "kugelis" don't have more calories than pasta with a sauce. Without oily sauce it's just 300-400kcal. It is also tasty with soure cream.