Potatoes, apples and raisins area great combination — only bettered with an additional dollop of sour cream or a glass of milk.
For the past two hundred years potatoes have become so popular in Belarus that now they are called "second bread". Belarusian cuisine takes pride in the variety of dishes made from potatoes.
A special potato mixture is used for cooking tarkavanka. It is a combination of finely grated potatoes and their extract. This potato mixture is also used for draniki, or potato pancakes. The method of processing potatoes derives from the Belarusian word tarka, which means "grater".
6–8 potatoes, peeled
2 fresh apples, peeled
ground black pepper
Here is a classical recipe for a tender and juicy tarkavanka. For this recipe, you will need a clay pot.
Tarkavanka has a delicate taste and aroma. The recipe always includes apples. You don't need to be afraid of this combination. Apples in Belarusian cuisine can be used for making both desserts and main courses. They can taste sweet when baked with honey or in apple pies, or they can taste salty and sour when pickled or used to garnish poultry, meat and fish.
Tarkavanka is easier to make than you may think. The best way is to bake it in a pot, but modern versions of cooking tarkavanka in molds are also possible. According to its true connoisseurs, in order to enjoy the unique taste, it is best to eat tarkavanka with milk.
Chop the onion and fry it in butter. Cut the apples into thin slices. Plump the raisins by soaking them in boiling water.
Finely grate the potatoes, add the salt, pepper, fried onion, apples and raisins. Mix well all the ingredients.
Preheat the oven to 180°C. Oil the pot and put the prepared mixture into it. Bake for an hour, checking after 10 minutes, turning occasionally, until cooked through. Serve warm.
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