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Polish dinner party? Please help!!!

Hi!

My husband's boss is Polish..I mean, not from Poland recently, but his parents are. He's around 55?

And, he's coming to dinner!

I thought I would make Polish food...

Maybe some suffed cabbage rolls? cucumber soup?

I am looking for insights, advice and recipes!

Also, if you think this is a crappy idea, let me know. I can pull something else off. It just seemed fun! We just moved to Nothern VA from Vermont and I found this GREAT russian market, but I don't know what half the things in it are....maybe there some good stuff I could pick up there, too!?

My thought is to have a menu that combines comfort food with a couple of new things thrown in?

Thanks for your help!!

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  1. You can't go wrong with Kielbasa(have pleanty of horseradish!) and potato pierogies---served with sour cream,maybe a pickled beet salad also.

    Unless you've made stuffed cabbage rolls before(halupchi)they are tedious &
    time consuming to make.
    Good luck!

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    1. re: grangie angie

      As we are about to start Holy Week, Easter is a prime time of year to find fresh (unsmoked, uncured) kielbasa (in a Polish market, it might be labelled Biała kiełbasa (BeeYAH-wah keeyehw-BAH-sah) - white kielbasa, due to its relatively pale color).

      1. re: Karl S

        Yes, FRESH kielbasa!! Way better than smoked, to me. Cabbage pierogies, golumpkis, horseradish, herring (in cream sauce or vinegar). rye or pumpernickel bread with butter. vodka, zywiec beer.

      2. Bigos (sp?) (Hunter's Stew), the national dish, has kielbasa and saurkraut in it and sounds good, though I have not made it.

        1. I wouldn't attempt making Polish food unless it is something that you already regularly make. He knows what the authentic stuff tastes like.

          Why not make something that reflects your heritage instead?

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          1. re: Njchicaa

            That's what I was going to say. There's a show called Chuck's Day Off and he drives me crazy because he does things like invite the owners of a Korean sandwich shop to lunch and then feeds them Korean sandwiches.

            1. re: dianne0712

              Maybe he's looking for insights/tips to improve his recipes? When we went to the his house, we got salmon...I could always do that!?

          2. Are there maybe two sides to this idea? Years ago I knew a couple that got engaged where they lived on the East Coast---she was Catholic and he was Jewish. She took him home to meet her family in the Midwest not sure of how they would accept him. When they got there her brother asked him to come into the kitchen---my friend thought maybe for a not-so-nice private talk. What he found was that the kitchen table had been spread with stereotypically "Jewish" food---bagels, cream cheese, lox, challah, etc. On one hand the welcoming gesture was meant kindly, but on the other hand it was stereotyping---imagine if you are white and invite your husband's (black) boss to dinner at your home and serve fried chicken and watermelon. Or if your husband's boss were Japanese-American two generations removed from Japan and you served sushi with chopsticks followed by sukiyaki and the Tea Ceremony. Some people might not take it kindly. The gesture could be seen as heavy-handed as if saying "when I look at you, I see a person who is different and not one of us".

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            1. re: Querencia

              I concur with your post. Remember the whole Linsanity thread?

              OP, your husband's boss may find it charming -- or he may find it a bit insulting. As this is a business dinner, it's best to play it safe.

            2. Hi again! I have made stuffed cabbage several times and it was great! I got confused about the bigos because there seem to be so many different variations...also, I may be totally off base here, but my guess was that he might have had more of a polish-american type of cuisine vs. completely authentic? I don't mind the tedium of stuffed cabbage if I can get it all done ahead of time!

              My heritage is really not the most inspiring....irish...norwegian...

              but, okay...if it sounds too smarmy...thought it would be fun to do something new!

              thanks for all your tips!!!