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national dish of czech republic - vepro knedlo zelo

Recipe: The national dish of Czech republic - Vepřo knedlo zelo

Cook Time 2 hrs 30 mins
Total Time 2 hrs 30 mins
Course Main Course, Main Dish
Servings 4


Red cabbage

  • 1 small red onion
  • 15 g butter 1 tbsp
  • 340 g red cabbage
  • salt
  • black pepper
  • 60 ml red port wine

Sauerkraut purée

  • 150 g sauerkraut
  • 15 g butter 1 tbsp
  • ¼ tsp caraway seeds
  • 80 ml chicken stock

Bread dumplings

  • 140 g white bread loaf
  • 15 g bacon
  • ½ small onion
  • 1 egg
  • 90 ml milk
  • 5 g parsley
  • salt
  • black pepper
  • 1 pinch ground nutmeg
  • 15 g butter

Roast pork

  • 100 g pork fatback
  • 700 g pork tenderloin
  • ½ tsp salt
  • black pepper
  • 40 g butter


  • Chop the onions, finely slice the cabbage and finely slice the parsley
  • In a pan, over medium heat, sauté the red onion in the butter until translucent. Add the red cabbage, and cook for another couple of minutes, stirring regularly.
  • Season with salt and pepper then add the wine. Bring to a boil, cover, and simmer over low heat for 45 minutes.
  • Remove the lid, and cook until all the liquid has evaporated. Put aside whilst preparing the sauerkraut.
  • Rinse the sauerkraut in cold water, and drain well.
  • Place the sauerkraut, butter, caraway and stock in a pan over medium heat. Cook until all the liquid has evaporated, stirring regularly. Put aside whilst preparing the bread dumplings.
  • Cut the bread into 2 cm cubes, and toast in a 175⁰ C oven for about 15 minutes.
  • In a saucepan over medium heat, sauté the bacon until crispy, then add the onion, and cook until golden brown. Let cool.
  • In a bowl, combine egg, milk, and parsley. Add the bread, bacon, and onion. Season with salt, pepper, and nutmeg. Mix well. Leave to rest for 30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes or so.
  • Pour the bread mixture onto a clean kitchen towel, and shape into a 10 cm long log (about 5 cm in diameter). Wrap the log in the towel, and secure both ends, as well as the middle, with butcher’s twine.
  • Bring a pot of water to a boil. Immerse the wrapped bread dumpling log, and simmer gently for 20 minutes. Take out of the water, and let cool.
  • Unwrap the bread dumpling, and cut into four slices. Sauté the slices in the butter until golden brown on both sides.
  • Cut the fatback into large, thin slices. Wrap the fat around the tenderloin, and tie with butcher’s twine
  • Season with salt on all sides.
  • In an ovenproof pan over high heat, brown the meat on all sides. Cover with a lid, and cook in a 150⁰ C oven for about 50 minutes, until the internal temperature reaches 50⁰ C in the center. Strain the juices and reserve. Let the meat rest, covered in foil, for 30 minutes. The internal temperature should go up to 60⁰ C. Otherwise, put the roast back in the oven for a few more minutes.
  • In a saucepan over high heat, reduce the meat juice by about 1/3. Whisk in the butter, and reserve.
  • Cut the pork into very thin slices or shavings. The best way to do this is to use a meat slicer, a very sharp serrated knife, or an electric carving knife. Toss the meat slices in the meat juice.
  • To serve: Arrange some meat on top of a slice of bread dumpling. Reheat the red cabbage and sauerkraut, and serve on the side.