Thursday, October 20, 2016
A few weeks ago, my wife pinned from Czechinthekitchen website, this “Fleky”or Czech ham and egg noodle casserole recipe and gave it a try. I do recall eating this dish as a young child that was prepared by my mother or grandmother. Whom actually prepared the dish, I do not recall. It is only until now I have been re-introduced to this Czech comfort food dish. I refer to Fleky as eastern European comfort food because low cost hearty meals typically involve eggs, noodles, or mushrooms or a combination of all those. The beauty of this recipe is that it is so cheap to make and often only requires use of minimal ingredients that most may already have on hand (egg noodles, milk, eggs, and ham or bacon).
This is also a great dish to make in a pinch because the prep time for this authentic Czech dish is minimal compared to other meals such as Svickova, Koprova, Chicken Paprika, etc. Unlike many casseroles, the appearance of the completely baked Fleky is attractive as the egg noodles brown nicely with generous amounts of diced ham sprinkled throughout. I also enjoyed the texture and flavor added by the baked custard type of consistency created by the eggs and milk. It was also nice to finally prepare a casserole that did not involve dealing with a highly sensitive flour based roux or cheese that is always susceptible to separating during cooking.
I like this fleky recipe as it is a great budget stretcher and makes for a satisfied feeling when leaving the supper table.