Dish of Kidneys with Mushrooms
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Kidneys with Mushrooms
Poland
  -   Cynaderki Duszone
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3 main  
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1-1/2 hrs  
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While most Americans don't eat kidneys because they look like part of an animal, there are those of us who very much like them. This recipe goes well with Potatoes, or Egg Noodles, boiled and simply dressed with butter. Steamed rice would work too. See also Comments.




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Kidneys (1)
Mushrooms (2)  
Onions
Butter
Stock (3)
Marjoram
Salt
Pepper
-- Garnish
Parsley

Prep   (30 min)
  1. Prepare the KIDNEYS as needed, removing internal fat (see our Beef Kidneys page for complete method. Slice to look similar to the mushroom slices.
  2. Place Kidneys in a pot with cold water to cover. Bring to a boil for 2 minutes. Dump out into a clean sink and wash with warm water.
  3. Cut MUSHROOM stems flush and cut across the caps about 1/4 inch wide.
  4. Quarter ONIONS lengthwise and slice about 1/4 inch wide crosswise.
Run   (55 min )
  1. In a sauté pan, melt Butter. Fry Onions stirring until golden brown, regulating heat so butter doesn't burn.
  2. Stir in Kidneys. Fry stirring for about 5 minutes, then stir in Mushrooms. Continue to fry stirring until mushrooms start to give up their water.
  3. Stir in Marjoram, then Stock, Salt and Pepper. Cover and simmer slowly for about 15 minutes. You can cook longer if you want the kidneys more tender, but I like them fairly firm.
  4. Serve hot, garnished as desired
NOTES:
  1. Beef / Veal Kidneys:   Beef kidneys sold n North America are generally from very young beefs, and can be considered "Veal Kidneys". These are generally available in markets serving Russian, Eastern European, Turkish, Armenian, Middle Eastern and Latin American communities. For details see our Beef Kidneys page.
  2. Mushrooms:   Regular White Mushrooms work well, though in Poland they use a wide selection of mushrooms.
  3. Stock:   Chicken or Pork Stock will work fine. Either one should be fairly strong. Adjust quantity to how much sauce you want - which depends on what you will serve it with. I usually like more sauce than in the photo example.
  4. Comments:   When I was a small child, my favorite dishes were the few Polish ones my mother knew how to cook, and a kidney dish like this one I very much liked. Unfortunately, my mother was not an enthusiastic cook. She thought the Polish dishes were too much trouble, so she would not make them often despite requests.
  5. U.S. measure: t=teaspoon, T=Tablespoon, c=cup, qt=quart, oz=ounce, #=pound, cl=clove in=inch, ar=as required tt=to taste
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