Polish Delight–A Mid-Century Recipe Test

Posted on May 25 2011 - 6:02am by RetroRuth

Tom and I just got back from a trip to see his sister graduate from medical school (go Maggie!). The trip had it’s good and bad parts. Good parts:  We got to visit family. The weather was pretty good. We got to spend a lot of time together.  Bad part:  We BOTH got a cold. Ugh.

So, this week’s recipe test is going to be abbreviated due to the fact that I feel like my head is going to pop like a tick any second.

This week I am bringing you a “traditional” recipe from the Clark family archives. It is traditional in the fact that Tom’s grandma always used to make it, his grandfather loved it, and it is now served every year at the obligatory extended family get together.

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This is Tom’s chicken-scratch handwritten copy of the recipe. I will translate for you:

Polish Delight

3 lbs Pork butt, steak or roast

2 cans Cream of Mushroom soup

1 pkg dry onion soup mix

1lb fresh sliced mushrooms

1-12 oz pkg cooked kluski noodles (*Polish egg noodles)

1 large can kraut

Cube meat, brown and mix with dry soup mix. Bake meat/dry soup mix at 350 degrees for 30 mins, adding water if necessary. Add noodles, mushrooms, cream of mushroom soup and kraut to the cooked pork. Bake an additional 30 mins.

We did a bit of research on this recipe and ended up finding a couple of other recipes called “Polish Delight Casserole” online that were pretty much the same as the Clark family one, all indicating that this was a recipe from the 1950’s or 1960’s. Add to that the fact that it contains cream of mushroom soup, and its most definitely a mid-century creation.

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So, the real reason that we decided to make this, besides the fact that Tom was hungry for it, was that we had a big bag of kraut that needed to be used up before it went bad.

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Mmm…porky.

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Here are the cooked kluski noodles.  We get ours frozen from a local Polish restaurant called Krysiaks in Bay City that are sold at our local grocery store. If you can’t find them in your grocery store, you can substitute regular egg noodles.

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Warning: Stay clear of this dish if you hate mushrooms and kraut!

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And here it is, straight from oven. It’s very…beige. And it smells like kraut. Most definitely.

Ah! This is proof of how sick I was: I forgot to get a picture of Tom tasting this dish! The horror! However, he loves this stuff, so I found this video to give you an approximation of what watching him eat was like.

The Verdict: I thought it was pretty good, and Tom thought it was great. I think the flavors needed to bake together a little more. At the Clark family Christmas, the huge vat of Polish Delight is transferred to a large roaster to cook slowly and keep warm, and I think that this recipe really isn’t the same without that long, slow cooking at the end. Next time I make this, I am going to plop everything but the noodles all in the crock pot for a few hours and then add the cooked noodles right before serving. Overall though, it was pretty good!

 

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6 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Eartha Kitsch May 25, 2011 at 8:42 am - Reply

    Wow…that looks goooood! I love the addition of Cookie Monster. First giggle of the morning! Hope that you guys feel better soon and can avoid that tick thing.

    • RetroRuth May 28, 2011 at 11:18 am - Reply

      Hooray for the first giggle!

  2. Sara In AZ May 25, 2011 at 4:42 pm - Reply

    OMG! I cannot beileve you forgot to take a pic of Tom!!! Boo! 😉 But, Cookie Monster is good too. 🙂

    This actually does look pretty good, I think I will make it for Mike sometime. Feel better soon girl!

  3. Jasmin May 28, 2011 at 7:48 am - Reply

    Hey, me and my fiancee are regularly reading your blog and we do like it very much 🙂 It’s 2nd time you post a polish dish and, to be frankly honest with you, neither of those had much to do with the possible original thing. Places you linked on both occasions had probably as much to do with polish cuisine as having some distant relative in poland 5 generations ago :> I don’t write it to condemn anybody, more as a propsition: we are polish and live in poland at this very moment, and if you’d liked (Tom would probably :D) we could send you some recipies, having in mind that some products may not be available in USA 🙂

    I have to warn you though, polish cuisine requires tons of time to become edible (2 hours in kitchen is standard), you won’t find many preprepared ingredients (like dry onion soup and canned mushroom one) and it often gets your hands dirty.

    Cheers
    Jasmin

    • RetroRuth May 28, 2011 at 11:18 am - Reply

      Glad you like the blog. No offense taken at all, we are well aware that this is not Polish food. 🙂

  4. BlueRoc85 November 15, 2011 at 8:32 pm - Reply

    Luv the Cookie Monster! Funny Stuff!

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