What Czech foods start with the letter S? There are quite a lot of them! I've selected a few typical representatives, and I'm happy to introduce them to you in this article. Let's dive in!
Who doesn't love pasta! Šunkofleky rightfully claims to be the national Czech dish. It is a cooked pasta in the shape of the so-called fleky (wide noodles cut into squares), baked in the oven with eggs, ham, and onions. The good news is that you don't have to stick exactly to the ingredients; the recipe is very benevolent and allows you to use up leftovers in the kitchen!
Get the recipe: Šunkofleky
The word smažák is a folk term for a Czech dish whose full name is smažený sýr (fried cheese). These are slices of semi-hard cheese, coated in eggs and breadcrumbs, pan-fried in a layer of fat. They are characterized by a golden, crispy crust and melted cheese inside.
Get the recipe: Smažák (smažený sýr)
Štrúdl comes from the German word Strudel, and in the Czech language, it is a synonym for a sweet roll with various fillings. The most common strudel is filled with grated or sliced apples, enriched with raisins, chopped nuts, and spiced with cinnamon.
The Czech equivalent of the word strudl is závin.
Get the recipe: Jablečný štrúdl (apple strudel)
Svíčková is a real concept in the Czech Republic. It is an iconic sauce prepared with root vegetables and cream. The plate also includes a slice of beef and bread dumplings, which are covered with the sauce.
Czechs most often use the word šišky to refer to potato dumplings in the shape of small sausages. The šišky are therefore a side dish, not a separate meal. Their advantage lies in neutral taste; they can be made as a sweet or savory dish.
My favorite way to serve šišky? As a sweet treat, sprinkled with poppy seeds and sugar or fried breadcrumbs!
Get the recipe: Šišky se strouhankou
Oh my gosh, this is the real goodness! Segedínský guláš (Szegediner goulash) is made from pork and a large pile of sauerkraut. Served with dumplings, Segedin is one of the most popular Czech dishes.
Czechs learned to make Segedín goulash from the Hungarians, with whom they had long lived as neighbors in the Austrian Empire.
Get the recipe: Segedínský guláš (this recipe ranks among the most popular on my blog!)
You probably won't find škubánky in any else national cuisine! Škubánky is a simple sweet Czech dish made of potatoes and flour, sprinkled with ground poppy seeds and sugar. Many Czechs have this treat associated with fond memories of childhood and their grandma's kitchen.
Get the recipe: Škubánky
Sekaná is a loaf made of seasoned minced meat, baked in the oven. The result is a delicious juicy dish, served sliced with potatoes and pickles.
Get the recipe: Sekaná
Švestky, translated to plums, are one of the most popular Czech fruits. In the past, plum trees could be found in gardens in large numbers, and they also grew along roadsides.
Czech grannies used to cook švestky plums into thick jam (povidla), while grandfathers used them to make the world-famous spirit called slivovitz (slivovice).
Smaženka is a simple Czech recipe, popular as a quick and tasty snack. A mixture of whisked eggs, often with the addition of breadcrumbs, is pan-fried in a piece of lard.
The resulting omelette is placed on a slice of bread, spread with mustard and garnished with pickles and onions.
Get the recipe: Smaženka
The Czech word šunka means ham! Czechs usually buy it sliced and put it on a piece of buttered fresh bread. Ham also serves to garnish the well-known Czech specialty, called open-faced sandwiches (obložené chlebíčky).
Another popular Czech recipe made with šunka is ham rolls filled with horseradish whipped cream (šunkové rolky), served as an appetizer.
Šopský salát is a popular summer salad that Czechs have adopted as their own thanks to holidays in Balkan countries. The former Yugoslavia with its Adriatic Sea used to be a frequent destination for more luxurious Czech holidays in the second half of the 20th century.
The Czech version of šopský salát (shopska salad) contains tomatoes, peppers, dressing, and special salty cheese.
Get the recipe: Šopský salát
Did you try any of these recipes?
Or you know any other Czech recipe that starts with this letter? Let me know in the comments. I would love to expand the recipe list! ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐