Svíčková, or svíčková na smetaně
(Marinated Beef Sirloin) is a popular Czech meal. It is made of
roast beef, usually larded, with a thick sauce of carrot, parsley
root, root celery, and cream, spiced with black pepper, allspice,
bayleaf and thyme and boiled with doublecream.
Left: Svíčková na
smetaně served with dumplings and cream.
Svíčková na smetaně is served in many restaurants around the
Czech Republic, and is served with knedlíky, or dumplings (wheat or potato
based, although only wheat dumplings are served with Svíčková). It may also have
a cream topping, a teaspoon of cranberry compote, and
a slice of lemon. It is one of the most popular foods in the Czech Republic, and
is often served with beer.
Knedlíky (boiled sliced dumplings) are one of the
mainstays of Czech cuisine and are quite often served with meals. They can be
wheat or potato based, and are sometimes made from a combination of wheat flour
and stale bread or rolls. They are typically large and served cut into slices,
in contrast with the smaller dumplings found in Austrian cuisine. Only
potato-based dumplings are usually smaller.