Polish Christmas Eve Dinner
Wigilia or Christmas Eve is when a meatless meal is served after sundown.
It usually means 12 dishes are served or you could substitute a twelve fruit compote in it’s place.
We like the idea of Twelve Dishes for this very special night. Here is traditional recipe to get you started.
Christmas Eve Kutia (Kutia Wigilijna)
1 1/2 cup of Millet Groats (Kasza Jaglana)
3 cups water
Pinch of salt
1 1/2 teaspoon of butter
1 cup poppy seeds
2 cups water
½ cup milk
½ tsp vanilla
1/3 cup sliced almonds
1/3 cup walnuts
1/2 cup honey
2/3 cup chopped dried fruit (figs, apricots, apples, pears, prunes, or berries)
1/2 cup raisins
ground cinnamon to taste
Cook groats in boiling water with salt and butter. Reduce heat to low and simmer 15 to 20 minutes or until tender. Cover and set aside.
Boil 2 cups water add poppy seeds, remove from heat cover and let stand 30 minutes. Drain seeds and grind in a food mill (today Food Processor). Mix milk and honey in a bowl add remaining ingredients, along with cooked millet. Bake in glass casserole 325° F 20 minutes, cool and refrigerate. Best made several days in advance. Serve warm or cold.