Kaszanka is a traditional blood sausage in the east and central European cuisine. It is made of a mixture of pig's blood, pork offal (commonly liver), and buckwheat or barley (kasza) stuffed in a pig intestine. It is usually flavored with onion, black pepper, and marjoram. Dish probably came to Poland from Germany through Silesia. Eventhough it's said it could come from Denmark, it's highly unlikely because of a huge difference in ingredients. Danish version consists of blood, pork, raisins, sugar, groats and flour. Kaszanka may be eaten cold, but traditionally it is either grilled or fried with some onions and then served with potato and sauerkraut.

Other names and similar dishes

* "Крывянка" (Kryvianka) (Belarus) * ''Verivorst'' (Estonia) * ''Kaszanka'' (Poland) * ''Kiszka'' (Yiddish, some districts of Poland) * ''Grützwurst'' (Germany and sometimes Silesia) * ''Tote Oma'' (Germany. A joking-sarcastic name for fried Grützwurst, meaning ''Dead Granny'') * ''Knipp'' (Lower Saxony, Germany) * ''Krupniok'' (More of a slight name difference than variation, Silesia) * ''Żymlok'' (A variation of ''Krupniok'' based on cut bread roll instead of buckwheat, Silesia) * ''Pinkel'' (Northwest Germany) * ''Stippgrütze'' (Westphalia, Germany) * ''Westfälische Rinderwurst'' (Westphalia, Germany) * ''Maischel'' (Carinthia, Austria): ''Grützwurst'' without blood and not cased in intestine, but worked into balls in caul fat. The name comes from the Slovenian ''majželj'' in turn derived from the Bavarian ''Maisen'' ("slices"). * ''Jelito'' (Czech Republic) * ''Krvavnička'' (Slovak Republic) * ''Hurka'' (Slovak Republic) * ''Véres Hurka'' (Hungarian) * ''Krovyanka'' (Ukraine) * ''Krvavica'' (Serbia, Slovenia) * ''Chișcă'' (Romania)

See also

* Kishka * Ryynimakkara * Saumagen * Haggis * Polish cuisine * German cuisine


External links

A photograph of kaszanka
on YumYum.com *Kaszanka or kiszka vendors in the United States
Chicopee Provision Co.
(Chicopee, MA)
Polana – A Polish Experience
(Chicago, IL)
Krupniok in Silesian cuisine
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