With Christmas being just a week away, preparations are in full swing! Christmas trees are standing proudly in full view, boasting their fragrant pine scent, glistening lights, sparkling colorful ornaments, reflective tinsels, even tempting with candy canes suspended on its delicate branches just ready to be picked and eaten, and beautifully wrapped gifts adorned with bows about to be torn open by impatient kids. The outdoor and indoor decorations are all set, with inflated snowmen, Santa Clauses and penguins waving their arms in the wind in our front yards, flashing colorful lights around the window frames and gutters, hefty stockings hanging from the fireplace, and garlands decking our halls all throughout! With all of this in place, there is just one crucial component missing from the ideal Holiday picture, and that is… Delicious food! Invite Lowell Foods into your home with our superb and natural brand-name Polish foods, as well as the brands we import from all over Europe for an exquisite homely Christmas you and your family will enjoy every minute of and are not bound to forget! Let us take you on a brief tour of all of gourmet Polish and European specialties suited ideally for the holiday table.
Starting with Red Borscht! An indispensable and integral part of every Polish Christmas Eve dinner, Red Borscht is a traditional soup worth the place on your dinner table. Customarily consumed with small and delicate dumplings filled with cabbage, mushrooms, or both, it is also often eaten with free-floating mushrooms, or drunk plainly with a croquette on the side. For the best Red Borscht you can possibly serve, try Lowell Foods Beetroot Concentrate, which will help you make that Polish staple! Delicious due to its zesty yet sweet taste, warming qualities, and healthy dose of red beets, Lowell Beetroot Concentrate will turn your kitchen into a fabulous traditional cookery! For instructions on how to use our Beetroot Concentrate, check out our recipe from our previous post on Beetroot Concentrate – with detailed instructions and ingredients list, there is no stopping from making Red Borscht!
Craving soft and tender mushrooms for your Red Borscht, croquettes, or dumplings that will fill your home with the fragrance of the woods and true Christmas spirit? Try Lowell Dried Mushrooms. Dried bay bolete and porcini mushrooms are an irreplaceable part of autumn and winter holidays, which would be almost nonexistent without their taste and aroma. Whether you would like to consume them alone or stir them into a soup or dish, they are simple to prepare! Just rinse them thoroughly, immerse in hot water, and let soak for about 30 minutes. The mushrooms will swell and be ready to consume with any dish you like! You may even use the soaking water in your cooking, as it retains the color, taste, and aroma of the mushrooms! The incomparably enticing scent of Lowell Bay Bolete or Porcini mushrooms is bound to draw everyone into your home!
Another staple of the Polish cuisine we cannot imagine the Holidays without? Cabbage! Seemingly simple and often overlooked, yet an integral part of so many Polish dishes it will make your head spin! Whether in Hunter’s Stew, pierogis, dumplings, croquettes, soups, stuffed cabbage rolls, on the side with meats and fish, cabbage is everywhere and Lowell has all of the cabbage varieties you may desire. Try Lowell Red Cabbage Salad, pickled in vinegar, for a crispy, crunchy, and piquant taste that will complement any dish! Maybe you would like to consume cabbage warm instead? Perfect! Try our Lowell Fried White Cabbage and Fried Red Cabbage – both are savory, soft, delicate, and absolutely aromatic with all of the spices that make fried cabbage such a delectable side dish. The perfect accompaniment to roasts of various kind, whether consumed cool or warm!
Continuing down our line of Holiday specialties, we cannot forget about the ultimate Eastern European delicacy – and that would be the marinated herring! Lowell Foods offers a wide assortment of marinated herring fillets – in tight coils, in sauces, with vegetables, sweet or sour, tangy or zesty, the choice is yours! With no excessive time for preparation of hors d’oeuvres to surprise your guests with, what better way than to treat them to an appetizer popularized all over Europe? Maybe you would like to try the herring fillets wrapped in coils with dill, prunes, or raisins, for a perfectly gracious appetizer that may be easily picked off of platters with forks or sticks and popped straight into the mouth? A bite size sophisticated treat worth trying! Or maybe you prefer marinated herring fillets in creamy mouthwatering sauces – some of our most popular being the Herring Fillets in Sour Cream, Mustard Sauce, Dill Sauce, and Tartar Sauce! Creamy or chunky, sweet or piquant, the Lowell Marinated Herring will constitute an elegant and distinctive treat on your Christmas table!