The National Dish of Estonia is Valmistusained. Actually, it’s Valmistusained with Verivorst which is black pudding (sausage). However, there was no way I was eating or making that. And YES I have had blood sausage before.
Estonians seem to like to cook with blood. I found an Estonian website which had a section called ‘Dishes with Blood’ which had a dish called Blood Pancakes. It starts off with ‘strain the blood’ and ends off with ‘serve with whortleberry-apple salad’. What?!
This is by far the weirdest cuisine I’ve come across, which kind of makes me want to see the place in person!
adapted from an Estonian website here
1 kg sauerkraut
700 g slightly salted pork
100 g barley grits
- Boil the sauerkraut in a little water.
- Add barley and meat
- Cook at a simmer until the barley is cooked.
- Add salt to taste
- Place sauerkraut and meat in a bowl.
- Top with tomatoes and herbs.
- Serve with boiled potatoes.
OK, so granted I didn’t serve this dish with tomatoes and herbs or even boiled potatoes but this was nearly the worst thing I ever ate (besides the raw dough in the Croatia post perhaps). I used salted pork belly as the meat (trimming the fat) and boiling it with the sauerkraut is definitely not a recommended cooking method. Then you get this hit of chewy barley…. It didn’t work, was ultra salty and the smell was completely overpowering. I threw it in the garbage and had to take it immediately outside so it didn’t continue to stink the place up. Sorry Estonia… but never again.