Ukrainian cuisine is extremely diverse, known for its rich traditions. It is a significant part of the country’s lifestyle. The features of its culture have been developing for ages and nowadays every region of Ukraine has its own specialties. Counter intuitively, Ukraine’s finest national food is really simple. Many traditional meals have been borrowed from neighboring European countries but have unique twists that make them distinctly Ukrainian. Ukraine’s hospitality is reflected in the generous portions and flavors in their meals.
Large Variety of Meat Products
Ukrainian sausages traditionally consist of pork or beef flavored generously with spices. Kovbasa (the word itself is a general term and includes different types of smoked meat sausages) is known almost all over the world because of its delicious taste. There are Ukrainian knockwurst, smoked pork, beef sausages, just to name a few. You can serve or consume this mouthwatering food at any time and in various ways.
Salo: A National Delicacy
Salo is a quintessential Ukrainian dish. The local folklore includes many jokes and songs about it. The product is made using white pork fat. It is usually smoked or salted and can be kept for long periods of time. Ukrainian salo doesn’t include meat at all (100g may contain about 800 calories) while Polish and Russian variations include pieces of meat and remind bacon. Due to its high caloric value, salo remains as a significant part of a Ukrainian’s diet. It plays such an important role for health because it consists of the diverse vitamins and minerals that are necessary. Little portions are enough to reduce hunger. In fact, people have been consuming this type of food since the 15th century and it still remains popular today. Recently, some chefs in Ukraine have started serving chocolate covered salo, almost like a Ukrainian twist on chocolate covered bacon. Salo can also be served sliced on the bread, alongside varenyky, borscht or even alcoholic drinks.
It would be impossible to imagine Ukrainian cuisine without smoked pork meat. The diversity of products made of it is impressive and everybody can find here something unique and exceedingly tasteful. A traditional Ukrainian meal is never complete without some smoked sausage gracing the table.
Homemade kovbasa is one of the tastiest foods to originate in Ukraine. The word itself is a general term that describes different kinds of cylindrical meat including sausages made of liver or different types of smoked meat. They also include fats that are flavored with spices like garlic, pepper and of course salt. The casing may be artificial or natural.
You don’t need to buy an expensive ticket to travel to Ukraine in order to explore its national cuisine. At European Specialties we offer a variety of Ukrainian smoked meat. Visit our deli section online or visit our store in Syracuse NY.