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This recipe for Polish noodles with poppyseeds or kluski z makiem (KLOOSS-kee z MAH-kyem) is one of the traditional dishes served for wigilia or Christmas Eve dinner. The recipe varies by region. Some add nuts, candied orange peel, or raisins when it becomes kluski z makiem i rodzynkami (rraw-jin-KAH-mee). Modern families use purchased egg noodles and poppyseed filling, but many still make their own kluski and grind their own poppy seeds. This dish is often a substitute for kutia. Poppy seeds are always present because they represent wealth in the coming year.
- 1/2 pound poppy seeds
- 1 1/2 cups milk
- 1/2 to 1 cup honey
- 3 cups cooked egg noodles (use the width of choice), kept warm
- 2 tablespoons butter
- Optional: 1/2 cup raisins
- Optional: 1/2 cup chopped almonds
- Optional: 1 tablespoon chopped candied orange peel
In a large saucepan, bring poppy seeds and milk to a boil. Cover and let stand for 12 hours.
Put poppy seeds in a sieve to drain off any liquid.
Grind the poppy seeds twice.
Mix ground poppy seeds with honey, raisins, nuts and orange peel, if using. Transfer to a saucepan and heat through.
Combine warm egg noodles with 2 tablespoons butter and poppy seed mixture. Serve hot as a side dish or dessert.