Tuesday, June 2, 2015

A Taste of Europe - Garlic Bread Slovakian Style

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Okay, this is so simple, it's almost not a recipe. But if this is an example of what's on the dinner table in Slovakia, I want to move there. Just saying.

But first, about Slovakia... this country in the heart of the Carpathian Mountains is separated from the Czech Republic by the White Carpathians, and from Poland by the Tatra Mountains. It was part of Greater Moravia until the Magyars conquered the area in the tenth century. When the Magyars were in control, it was known as "Upper Hungary". When the Austro-Hungarian Empire collapsed in World War I, the Slovak people joined in a rather unequal partnership with the Czech people, creating the country of Czechoslovakia. The Allies had formed this country, hoping that the union would give the Slavic people enough strength to defend themselves against future threats. Unfortunately, they still fell to Hitler's armies in 1939, and to the Soviet armies in 1945. In 1989 the Communist Party was overthrown so quickly and peacefully that it was called the Velvet Revolution; and Slovakia became an independent nation.

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I saw this on Global Table Adventure and like the author, I was in love. Sourdough bread, bacon, easy - what is not to love?! I bought a loaf of sourdough bread - because I truly didn't have time to bake rye bread last week, or I would have done that. And when I made Saturday lunch of bacon and hot potato salad and eggs, I was ready to add Slovakian style garlic toast. The Slovak name for this is Hrianka. Whatever. It's super-easy and it's delicious, so I'm all about it. And did I mention it's flavored with bacon?

Slice up some sourdough and/or rye bread.
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After I'd fried up that bacon, I put some of the drippings in a cast iron skillet and sauted the bread slices till they were golden brown.
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Then I took the fresh garlic cloves I'd peeled earlier, and just rubbed it all over one side of the toast. I did it while the toast was still in the skillet. If you want strong garlic flavor, you can mince up a garlic clove and garnish the toast as well.
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