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Czarnina: Traditional Polish Duck Blood Soup

By Jennifer McGruther | March 28, 2014

This recipe and charming story come to you from my close friend, Becca.  She visited me recently, and shared her Great-Grandmother’s Czarnina, or traditional Polish Duck Blood Soup.  I asked her to share it with you below.  It’s a lovely soup, faintly sweet and sour, and dotted with dried fruit.  You can learn more about traditional Polish cooking in one of Becca’s favorite cookbooks, Treasured Polish Recipes for Americans. I hope you love it as much as we did.  - Jenny

This is an adaptation of my grandmother’s recipe for duck blood soup or czarnina (pronounced cha-NEE-na or char-NEE-na, the R is very soft). My grandmother’s parents on my dad’s side of the family emigrated from Poland in the early 1900’s, but my grandmother did not teach her children to speak Polish and served them American food as children. Fortunately, she did not abandon every tradition from the old country, and so I grew up with stories of Busia’s (Polish for grandmother, her mother, my great-grandmother) duck blood soup that was served during the holidays. It sounded exotic and delicious, if a little bit strange.Click Here to Continue Reading.

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