Obložené Chlebíčky

I recently spent two weeks on a mission trip in Vienna, Austria working with students who are studying in a theologian degree program with TCMI International Institute. These students come from mostly Eastern European countries to spend some much needed rest time in the Vienna Woods while attending classes towards their degree. We, as short-term workers, are there to take care of their everyday needs such as meals, housekeeping and maintenance of the campus so they may concentrate on their studies.

This year we had 57 students from 11 different countries. One of my greatest joys is to meet these students and learn about their family and their ministries. They are always willing to share traditions and especially food dishes from their native homeland. As I sat at meals with the students, I made a point to ask them which of their country’s traditional dishes they would like me to spotlight on my food blog. It’s a blessing to see their faces light up when they talk about their favorite dish and reminisce about a family member who makes the best one.

So, for the next 11 days I will be spotlighting each of these countries and a traditional dish in honor of these students and their love for their homeland. I encourage you to try some of these dishes and if you like them, do further research on that particular country’s cuisine. You may find a new favorite recipe or two for your family!

Spotlight: Czech Republic
Dish: Obložené Chlebíčky

Obložené chlebíčky translates to “garnished breads” and is an open sandwich in Czech, Polish and Slovak cuisines that is often served as an appetizer dish or as a snack. Various toppings and garnishes are used, and it is sometimes sold as a snack food.

Here is a recipe for a couple different varieties of these open-faced sandwiches.

Chlebíčky 1

Ingredients:

  • 4 slices baguette or bread
  • 3 tablespoons salted butter
  • 1 hard-boiled egg , sliced
  • 1 large sweet pickle , sliced
  • 2 cherry tomatoes , cut in half
  • Parsley finely chopped

Preparation:

  1. Slice the bread, preferably with an electric knife. The crust of the bread must be regular.
  2. Cut diagonally to get a larger area.
  3. Spread butter on slices of bread.
  4. Place a slice of hard-boiled egg.
  5. Decorate with one or two slices of sweet sour pickle and half a cherry tomato.
  6. Sprinkle with finely chopped parsley.

 

Chlebíčky 2

Ingredients:

  • 4 slices baguette (or bread)
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 8 slices cucumber
  • 4 slices salami
  • 4 slices red bell pepper
  • Chive , cut in 2-inch sections

Preparation:

  1. Slice the bread, preferably with an electric knife. The crust of the bread must be regular.
  2. Cut diagonally to get a larger area.
  3. Spread mayonnaise on slices of bread.
  4. On each slice, place 2 thin slices of cucumber, then a slice of salami.
  5. Decorate with a slice of red bell pepper and sprigs of chives.

One Comment Add yours

  1. Thomas Gray says:

    It’s amazing how you can put just a few ingredients in a recipe like that and produce so much flavour.

    Like

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