Alright...so it isn't REALLY mac and cheese, but that is essentially what I would compare it to. Actually, if I am being honest, it looks better.
Käsknöpfle is the national dish of Liechtenstein, and once you hear about it, if you are thinking that it seems more German than anything else you aren't wrong. Since it is such a small country (only home to 38,000 people...and the only other country that is smaller in Europe is Vatican City), there aren't too many things that are purely from here. Much of their cultural and culinary influences come from their neighbors like Austria and Switzerland. And if we are being honest...Germany, who while they don't share a border with, is only about 450km/280 miles away.
The differences between this dish and the typical American Mac & Cheese is the types of used and the fact that it is topped with caramelized onions. Also, if you are making it in a traditional way...you'll also be making your own noodles (but don't worry...it doesn't seem that hard).
I am planning on making this dish over the weekend, and if it comes out I'll post the photos on our social media pages @worldpopradio on both Instagram and Twitter. And if you make it share your photos as well!
Speaking of making it, you can find plenty of recipes online, however this one seems to be one of the easiest. Plus, her website is filled with recipes from around the globe! Check out her recipe for Käsknöpfle here.
Continuing with our food theme on World Pop Radio as we travel to Finland this week has lead me into a little bit of a dilemma. When you search up the national food of Finland, it brings you to a dish called Karelian. Here is the issue though - there is Karelian Stew and their is Karelian Pie.
And both look amazing.
I think it is pretty obvious as to which one is which, but just in case it isn't, one photo is luckily labeled for you. For all of the details on both of these dishes and more, I highly suggest you visit this article from the website Chef's Pencil. And after you're done, if you don't want a slice of Blueberry Pie you might just not be human.
If you are thinking to yourself, reading about these dishes is great and all, but I'm in the mood to do some cooking, then you're in luck! Here are recipes to BOTH types of Karelian recipes. If you make them, post your results and reviews on social media and be sure to tag us! We are on both Twitter and Instagram @worldpopradio.
Karelian Pie: https://www.saimaalife.com/recipe-finnish-karelian-pies/
Karelian Stew: https://herfinland.com/karelian-stew-recipe/
I'm a pretty open-minded person when it comes to food. I'll try just about anything once. But if I am being honest, the national dish from our host country of Ukraine this week doesn't exactly strike me as something that I am going to run out and grab.
The soup is called Borscht and it is not only the national dish of Ukraine, but it is also quite popular all across Eastern Europe and Russia. The is a sour soup made with red beetroots (which gives it its very unique and distinctive color). It can be served hot or cold, and often times it is topped with a dollop of sour cream and a sprig of dill (neither of which I am a fan of...so maybe that is part of my hesitation towards borscht).
I do solemnly swear however, that if I am ever lucky enough to travel through the beautiful country of Ukraine -or- I am somewhere or with someone who can make an authentic version of it that I will 100% give it a shot...just please hold the sour cream and dill.
Want to try making it at home yourself? Here is an easy to use website with a simple recipe to follow. And once you go for it, let us know how it is by tweeting at us. We are @worldpopradio on both Twitter and Instagram. We'd love to hear your reaction and see the results as well!