Why is this dish not more popular?
This is the ultimate comfort food and moderately easy to make with basic ingredients most of us have on hand.
Bryndzone Halusky is the national dish of Slovakia. It’s what many people call a better version of Mac & Cheese, the King of comfort food. Once I saw this dish I had to try and make it myself.
The original version is made with sheep cheese, and since we were plumb out of sheep cheese, we substituted sharp cheddar instead (we’re from Wisconsin after all!).
Here is what we did:
- Peel, large dice and boil (in salted water) 5-6 medium potatoes until fork tender
- Add potatoes, pinch of salt and 2 cups of flour to a food processor and blend until a soft dough is formed
- We’d suggest adding 1/2 cup flour at a time
- Lightly flour a cutting board, portion out approximately 1 cup of dough, and roll. Slice dough into small pieces and add to boiling water
- Boil to roughly 1 minute past the dumplings floating
We made a simple cheese sauce using butter, flour and grated sharp cheddar.
- Cook equal parts butter and flour (we used 1 stick of butter and 3/4 cup of flour) for roughly 2 minutes, until the mixture starts to brown.
- Stir in half & half, approximately 3 cups and let slightly thicken
- Stir in grated cheese and mix until melted
We also sauteed sliced onions and bacon to put on top of the dumplings and cheese. It wasn’t necessary, but we cooked up a homemade Slovakian sausage and onions to go with.
This will definitely be a meal we make again!
In fact, we took the leftovers and made them into a casserole.
This is going into the freezer for a hearty meal during the week. We’re planning to top the casserole with french fried onions while baking.