Kutia #2 (ukrainian traditional)

Yield: 6 servings

Measure Ingredient
2 cups Wheat berries
3 quarts Water
1 teaspoon Salt
2 tablespoons Poppy seeds
⅓ cup Sugar
⅓ cup Honey

This is the ritual first dish of the 12 course Christmas Eve Supper.

The wheat represents the staff of life, the honey represents the Spirit of Christ.

Wash the wheat and soak it in cold, salted water overnight. Next morning, bring wheat to the boiling point, simmer for 3 - 4 hours, until kernels burst open. Drain quickly so some of the water adheres to the wheat and return to the pot.

Add poppy seeds, honey and sugar, stir in and cook another 5 minutes.

Serve hot as a hearty winter breakfast dish or more traditionally, cold, as a Christmas Eve appetizer course.

Submitted By JIM WELLER On 12-29-95

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