Prep 0 mins
Cook 30 mins
Grandma Bernice created this recipe over 50 years ago for Easter breakfast and made it every Easter morning in a large electric skillet. My dad carries on Grandma's tradition today, preparing this dish every Easter Sunday for our family. A separate batch without eggs is made for those with allergies and it is equally delicious. Recipe quantities are a guideline; allow 1/2 lb meat per person for extras. We serve this with rye swirl bread, butter, and prepared horseradish on the side. *Fresh kielbasa can be found at good meat markets.
- 1 lb smoked kielbasa
- 1 lb fresh kielbasa
- 1 lb good-quality cured ham
- 6 hard-boiled eggs
- 1 fresh horseradish root
- vegetable oil
- The day before brunch: Simmer kielbasa until cooked through; cool. Peel casings if desired and slice diagonally into 1/4" pieces. Bake ham if needed; cool and slice to 1/4" thickness, removing hard rind. Refrigerate prepared meats in covered container until Easter morning.
- Easter morning: Peel and slice boiled eggs. Peel horseradish root with a vegetable peeler and thinly slice, using peeler.
- Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add kielbasa and horseradish to skillet when hot; allow to lightly brown, turning with a spatula as needed.
- Add ham and eggs to skillet when kielbasa is lightly browned. Cook until ham and eggs are heated through or until as brown as desired. Less browned will yield a more moist result, more browned will be dryer.
We have a variation on this recipe that we have on Easter for supper. Now I know that the spelling is incorrect, but we call it meshanine. In it are ham, veal, kielbasa, eggs, horseradish and vinegar. Served cold. Wanting to know more about it, I contacted an author who wrote a couple of books about Polish foods, one specifically about Polish holiday dishes. He said that meshanine is a Polish word that basically means a collection of things all put together. The ingredients I listed above are all parts of a traditional Polish Easter supper that he called a cold supper. He had never heard of such a dish, but that it might be specific to a certain region, village or even a family. That somewhere along the line, someone had the idea to throw all the things in the cold supper into one big bowl. Or maybe they had a little of all the ingredients left over and just threw them in a bowl and realized that it was pretty good all mixed together. Anyone else have this dish on Easter?
My Polish grandmother did a dish very similar. Instead of ham, she used chopped veal breast and diced slab bacon along with the kielbasa, eggs and horseradish. We also had beet horseradish and dry curd cottage cheese as side dishes and homemade bread. The family carries on this old tradition.