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Traditional Kaszanka
Alternative namesKiszka, Grützwurst, Knipp, Krupniok (see list below)
TypeBlood sausage
CourseAppetizer, main
Serving temperatureHot, cold
Main ingredientsPork, pig's blood, pig offal, kasza, onions, black pepper, marjoram

Kaszanka is a traditional blood sausage in east and central European cuisine. It is made of a mixture of pig's blood, pork offal (commonly liver, lungs, skin, and fat), and buckwheat (sometimes barley or rice) kasza stuffed in a pig intestine. It is usually flavored with onion, black pepper, and marjoram.

Kaszanka may be eaten cold, but traditionally it is either grilled or fried with some onions and then served with potato and sauerkraut.

Other names and similar dishes[edit]

  • "Крывянка" (Kryvianka) (Belarus)
  • Verivorst (Estonia)
  • Kaszanka (Poland)
  • Kiszka (Yiddish)
  • Grützwurst (Germany and sometimes Silesia)
  • Tote Oma (Germany. A joking-sarcastic name for fried Grützwurst, meaning Dead Granny)
  • Knipp (Lower Saxony, Germany)
  • Krupniok (More of a slight name difference than variation, Silesia)
  • Żymlok (A variation of Krupniok based on cut bread roll instead of buckwheat, Silesia)
  • Pinkel (Northwest Germany)
  • Stippgrütze (Westphalia, Germany)
  • Westfälische Rinderwurst (Westphalia, Germany)
  • Maischel (Carinthia, Austria): Grützwurst without blood and not cased in intestine, but worked into balls in caul fat. The name comes from the Slovenian majželj in turn derived from the Bavarian Maisen ("slices").[1]
  • Jelito (Czech Republic)
  • Krvavnička (Slovak Republic)
  • Hurka (Slovak Republic)
  • Véres Hurka (Hungarian)
  • Krovyanka (Ukraine)
  • Krvavica (Serbia, Slovenia)
  • Chișcă (Romania)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Heinz Dieter Pohl. "Zum österreichischen Deutsch im Lichte der Sprachkontaktforschung". Retrieved 2010-01-01.

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