Recipe for Polish Lard Served with Bread and Pickled Cucumber

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    Embark on a culinary journey to the heart of Polish tradition with a time-honored recipe that encapsulates the essence of comfort and flavor – Polish Lard served with a hearty slice of rye bread and zesty pickled cucumber. This classic dish, deeply rooted in the rich culinary heritage of Poland, showcases the artistry of transforming humble ingredients into a symphony of taste and texture.


    Ingredients for Lard:

    • 500 g of rural bacon (preferably with skin)
    • 1 onion, finely chopped
    • 1 tablespoon of water
    • Salt to taste
    • Pepper to taste
    • Bay leaves and allspice grains (optional)

    For Serving:

    • Thick slice of rye bread (country-style)
    • Several slices of fresh pickled cucumber

    Preparation:

    Step 1: Prepare the Ingredients

    1. Trim the skin off the bacon if it’s very tough.
    2. Cut the bacon into cubes.

    Step 2: Frying the Lard

    1. Heat 1 tablespoon of water in a large pot over medium heat.
    2. Add the bacon and fry until it starts to brown.
    3. Add the chopped onion and fry together until the onion softens, and the bacon becomes crispy.

    Step 3: Seasoning and Cooking

    1. Add salt, pepper, bay leaves, and allspice grains if using.
    2. Fry on low heat, stirring occasionally, until the bacon is golden and crispy, and the onion is browned.
    3. Remove from heat and let it cool.

    Step 4: Serving with Bread and Pickled Cucumber

    1. Spread the lard on the bread.
    2. Salt if deemed necessary.
    3. Place slices of fresh pickled cucumber on the lard.
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