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Lazanki (Belarusian: лазанкі, Polish: łazanki, singular łazanka) is the Belarusian and Polish name for a type of pasta and dishes made with it. It consists of stiff wheat, rye or buckwheat dough, rolled thin and cut into triangles or rectangles. These are boiled, drained, and eaten with melted pork fat, vegetable oil, and often sour cream. In Poland, they are commonly mixed with cabbage or soured cabbage and small bits of sausage, meat and/or mushrooms.
Lazanki arrived in the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth in the mid-16th century when Bona Sforza, Italian wife of King Sigismund I the Old, brought high Italian cuisine to the country. Accordingly, the name łazanki/лазанкі is reminiscent of the Italian lasagne, the name for a type of pasta in the shape of large, flat rectangles. Lazanki resembling mini versions of lasagne, their Polish and Belarusian names are correspondingly diminutive in form. Unlike most Italian dishes in these parts of Europe, lazanki have survived into the 21st century, although the long and cultural history of the dish has been largely forgotten.
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