This fast and easy recipe is a popular Czech classic. It is called Šunkofleky in Czech and it’s really just a quick noodle and ham casserole made with just a few simple ingredients. The result however is a flavorful and delicious dish that satisfies!
ALthough this dish goes all the way back to Roman times, the Czech name for it is Austrian/German from Schunkeflecken or Schunkenfleckenl. Šunkafleky is really two words, Šunka (ham) and fleky (speck or little stains – noodles).
Baked noodles originated in Italy where it was a festive meal. So tasty, it quickly spread to other countries including the Bohemian lands. We make this yummy dish at least once a month.
- 2 packages wide egg noodles
- 2 cups diced ham (smoked ham is best)
- 8-10 eggs (depends on how “eggy” you want it)
- 1/2 cup milk (or heavy cream to make it extra rich)
- 2 Tbsp butter (to coat the large casserole dish)
- salt and pepper to taste
In a large pot, bring water to a boil. Add both bags of noodles and stir. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
While your pasta cooks, dice your ham and prepare your baking dish by spreading around the 2 Tbsp. butter so your Šunkofleky do not stick.
Break eggs into a bowl and beat for 2-3 minutes. Add milk and salt and pepper.
When noodles are finished (al dente) drain and place into egg mixture and use a large wooden spoon to fully coat them with the egg mixture. Add the diced ham and mix again.
Pour the entire blend into the prepared casserole dish and bake until top gets lightly golden, usually around 25-30 minutes.
We sometimes finely chop an onion and cook in a separate pan and add this to the mix too, other times we’ll add a little cheese or some paprika. My mother would add a large tablespoon of mayonnaise into the mix, and that always added a good taste as well.
In other words, this dish is flexible and you can play with ideas and make it as you like it with different flavor combinations. A friend of mine adds peas and carrots to hers!
After 5 minutes, cut out squares and serve hot with some sliced pickles. (We’re Amazon Prime members and we order Cracovia Polish Dill Pickles by the case of 12 and have them at our door in two days, shipped for free!)
Doesn’t it look like noodly goodness… Who knew that egg noodles could bind with egg and create such a yummy meal!
Trust us, it’s heavenly delicious – and super easy to make.
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