Old Europe, Experience Central Europe from Vienna and Berlin to Warsaw and Budapest

Old Europe as 'Rummy' called it or more precisely 6 countries from Central Europe, Germany, Austria, Poland, Czech Republic, Hungary and Slovakia joined forces with gotocentraleurope.com to promote the 'Central Europe Experience'...

The site was launched in 2011 and offers suggestions in 6 sections from Arts and Culture to Spas and Wellness.


In Food and Wine, those unable to satisty their travel bug, can find Recipes like Pagach from Slovakia which I reproduced below.


Pagach is a delicious Slovak dish that originated with the simple ingredients that were available to the Slovak people who made the best with what they had. Pagach is a great dish to serve at a buffet as it can be sliced like a pizza. Pagach makes a very satisfying meal and the filling can be customized to suit your tastes.


  • 3 1/2 cups flour
  • 2 egg, beaten
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2/3 cup scalded milk
  • 1 pkg dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup warm water
  • 1/3 cup margarine or butter
  • 2 Tblsp. sugar

The dough is very easy to work with. If it is too soft, just chill for a little while.

Soften yeast in warm water with a pinch of sugar. Scald milk, add margarine and sugar and let cool. Mix flour and salt. Mix in wet ingredients. Scrape together, place in greased bowl, lightly grease top, cover with saran wrap and let raise until double, about 1 hour. Punch down, turn out on floured countertop and knead very slightly until it is a cohesive dough. You can let it double again or just start to work with it.

Make cabbage filling. If you want to make a cabbage pagach, mix together one sliced onion, one small cabbage sliced thinly, and a bit of salt and pepper. Saute the mixture in a few tablespoons of vegetable oil until the cabbage is soft and brown.

Make potato filling. If you are making potato pagach, cook 3 to 4 medium sized potatoes in boiling water until they are soft. Fry on medium sliced onion in a tablespoon of butter. Mix together the potatoes and onions and add a cup of shredded cheddar cheese. Season with a bit of salt and pepper and add a tablespoon of milk. Mash the mixture together. Now for the fun! Cut dough into 4 or 6 parts. Roll part out into a 1/2" thick round. Fill with a mashed potato/cheese or potato filling. Fill to within a 1/2" of the edge. Roll out another circle and place over the first. Pinch edges together. Roll again as thin as you like or can manage. Brush with butter and prick with fork. Place on greased cookie sheet, oven temp 350. Bake until browned and done for approx 15 minutes. Cut into wedges. A pizza cutter is good for this."

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(* Pagach recipe copyright 2011 Central Europe Experience)
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