Polish Potatoes and Buttermilk

August 4, 2006

Polish Potatoes and Buttermilk

Lorraine Glazar, Tucson CSA

This recipe comes from my father’s Polish side. These folks survived the Great Depression, and this dish, which came out of it, was served as the main meal in our household, often on meatless Friday nights. Like all humble, honest food that kept people from hunger, the flavors are clear and simple and the ingredients are few.—Lorraine

1 onion for every 2-3 servings (our sweet onions taste great with this dish)
3 medium Red La Soda potatoes
Butter or oil for cooking the onions
1 quart buttermilk

· Place the buttermilk in the freezer while you make the rest of the recipe.
· Slice the onion(s) thinly and sauté in butter or oil until soft but not browned.
· Cut the potatoes into chunks and boil until softened, about 10 minutes.
· Combine the onions with the hot potatoes in individual serving bowls.
· Pour buttermilk over to taste.
· Add salt and ground black pepper to taste.

Editor’s note: This may have kept people from hunger in the past, but I definitely find it to be comfort food in the present!

5 Responses to “Polish Potatoes and Buttermilk”

  1. Bob Stanek Says:

    We made it this way last night as I remember how my mom probably made it on Fridays. They called it maszlaki or something like that.

    – Slice potatoes ~1/4″ thick
    – Chop up alot of green onions
    – Get some good grease going – probably lard is what my ma used. We used bacon grease last night.
    – Fry up potatoes and green onions until potatoes are tender.
    – Dish out heaping helpings to everyone. Scoop up a spoonful, then dunk your spoonful in your cup of buttermilk and eat.

    A little work, but worth it.

  2. joe liro Says:

    I’ve been enjoying this recipe all my life. I was surprised to find it on the web, doubly surprised to find it in Tucson! Have a look…


  3. Patty I. Says:

    Exactly the recipe I’ve been looking for . My Busha (born 1899) told me they they ate this back on the farm on Fridays, except they added fried salt pork. To them, salt pork wasn’t “meat”. I tried to get her to fix it before she died (at 100), but that didn’t happen.

  4. AP Says:

    We just tried this on a whim, and it was truly delicious!

  5. karen p Says:

    We had this on Fridays when I was a girl. Been looking for this recipe, even though simple, because I never thought to ask my mother for the recipe. Thanks

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