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I was trying out a new combination of flavors for a roasted pork loin last night.   Morello cherries (bottled, Trader Joe's) and cut up apples (Royal Gala), slice the loin partway through so the fruit can go in the cracks as well as around the sides, sprinkle with lots of freshly ground mixed peppercorns, and then I needed some liquid (other than some of the cherry juice) so I poured some Krupnik over it.

See, I can't give out a recipe saying to use Krupnik because most people won't have any damn idea what I'm talking about.   

It's a Polish honey liqueur.  Well, liquor, really, because it's 80 proof.  And besides honey, it supposedly has up to 50 different secret herbs and spices.   I tried seeing if I could get to about the same honey/alcohol flavor with 1/4 c. honey, 1/4 c. scotch, and 1/2 c. brandy, and that wasn't too bad (mixing whisky & brandy adds some complexity even without other flavorings) but it wasn't really Krupnik.  Then I searched online and found 5 different versions of recipes, yay!  which means tonight I get to play with proportions and see if I can make a Krupnik that's closer to what's in the bottle.  And then in the pork recipe, I'll tell people what to use in terms of those ingredients,  or, you know, a tawny port would work.

(No, no, of COURSE I can't use any single recipe directly.   I must compare, contrast, correlate. consolidate, and, if I knew someone Polish nearby, consult.  Otherwise it would be too simple. *rolls eyes*)



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Aug. 6th, 2008 05:27 pm (UTC)
I've seen Krupnik for sale in my neighborhood (Ukrainian Village in Chicago).

The meal you prepared sounds tasty.
Aug. 6th, 2008 07:08 pm (UTC)
I'd love to shop there. I'm sure there's all sorts of unusual little jars and bottles of stuff to play with. ^_^

(1) "krupnik" turns out to also be the word for a barley-based soup
(2) I'm up to 8 recipes now
(3) on the 3rd page of Googling "krupnik recipe" is this LJ entry O_o

Damn, Google is quick.
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