Polish Noodles with Poppy Seeds (Kluski z Makiem)

Noodles Poppyseeds
© 2010 Barbara Rolek
  • 50 mins
  • Prep: 30 mins,
  • Cook: 20 mins
  • Yield: 6 servings (6 portions)
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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.

What You'll Need

  • 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

How to Make It

  1. In a large saucepan, bring poppy seeds and milk to a boil. Cover and let stand for 12 hours.
  2. Put poppy seeds in a sieve to drain off any liquid.
  3. Grind the poppy seeds twice.
  4. Mix ground poppy seeds with honey, raisins, nuts and orange peel, if using. Transfer to a saucepan and heat through.
  5. Combine warm egg noodles with 2 tablespoons butter and poppy seed mixture. Serve hot as a side dish or dessert.