Friday, November 6, 2015


There is something about comfort food that makes all of us just sigh with relief and have our spirits fed as well as our bodies. 

I have some very dear cousins that have Polish heritage. They have always celebrated their heritage and shared lots of it with us as an extended family. This is where I come by my deep love for Pierogies. yum yum yum!!

This dish is called Haluski - says it just like it looks, kinda like Hallelujah. It couldn't be simpler to make, it is just cabbage, onions, egg noodles and butter. I top mine off with black pepper, but you don't need to. 

It is so homey and creamy! I made it for my family, and I didn't think the kids were going to like it too much, so I invited my parents down, because I know they love it. We actually went through 2 9x13 baking dishes of it and the kids were asking for more the next day after school. 

If you feel like onions and cabbage are perhaps a bit too strong of flavors for you, this is a beautiful dish to try them in - cooked as long as they are, they both soften and sweeten and it actually becomes like three different types of noodles all snuggled together. 

This recipe Does make 2 9x13 baking dish pans. You will need to either 1/2 the recipe... OR take one to a friend. They'll be a really really good friend after this. 

1 (16 ounce) package medium-wide egg noodles
1 cup butter, divided
2 large onions, chopped
2 small heads cabbage, cored and cut into 1-inch pieces
salt and ground black pepper to taste
1 tablespoon water, or as needed (optional)


Preheat oven to 300 degrees.

Fill a large pot with lightly salted water and bring to a rolling boil. Stir in egg noodles and return to a boil. Cook noodles uncovered, stirring occasionally, until tender but still slightly firm, about 5 minutes. Drain well.

Melt 1/2 cup butter in a large skillet over medium-low heat; cook and stir onions until translucent, 5 to 10 minutes.

Cook and stir remaining butter and cabbage into onions until cabbage is softened but not browned, 5 to 8 more minutes. Season with salt and black pepper.

Place cooked noodles and cabbage mixture in a large roasting pan and stir gently to combine.

Sprinkle with more salt and black pepper if desired.

Bake in the preheated oven until golden brown on top, 30 to 40 minutes.

At times, I have seen Bacon, Pancetta and Ham added to the noodles and cabbage. I think those ingredients change the flavor a lot - while they are all delicious, and added to the Halusky they are very very good. Try this once just as the recipe states and see if it doesn't become one of your family favorites too.