Growing Up In Working Class Youngstown — Haluski


It is simplicity itself. Egg noodles, cabbage, onion, butter, salt, pepper. You can add crumbled bacon or slice kielbasa, maybe have some sour cream or cottage cheese on the side. But those five  ingredients, with lots of butter are basic, and all you need. Chances are, if you grew up in Youngstown, particularly around people of Eastern European descent, this was a regular dish at the dinner table.

Makes sense. Inexpensive ingredients. Quick preparation. Comfort food, that pleases the palate and satisfies the stomach. For working families on a budget, this is a great option.

Different recipes use different quantities but it comes down to this: chop or grate a cabbage and onion, saute in butter, cook the noodles separately in water to package instruction, drain and add to the sauteed cabbage and onion and warm through, perhaps with a bit more butter (all the recipes stress that butter, and butter in good quantity is important to good taste). Then salt and pepper to taste. The first Recipes of Youngstown includes a good recipe on p. 60. There is also a video on YouTube that provides a good demonstration. The guy looks and sounds like he could be from Youngstown!

That’s the haluski I remember but I also learned that there is a variant that is made with potato dumplings instead of noodles. That sounds like more work. It had been a long time since we had haluski. Recently my wife made some that brought back those smells and tastes of growing up in Youngstown.

How did your family make haluski?