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Quick-pickled cabbage

Submitted by Russian_Cuisine on Sun, 03/26/2006 - 23:22.
Quick-pickled cabbage

1 cabbage head
5 carrots
3 garlic cloves
1 tbsp salt
Greens on taste

Method:
Separate the cabbage head into leaves. Put them in boiling water for 3-4 minutes.
Drain cabbage.
Peel and grate carrots (or make julienne cut).
Cut greens and grate garlic.
Mix carrots, greens, and garlic.
Cover 1 tbsp of this mix in cabbage leaf, put in a glass or enameled dish.
Continue until you are used up all the leaves and mix.
Boil 1 L (1/4 g) of water with 1 tbsp salt.
Pour over the cabbage rolls. Cool and place in a refrigerator.
It will be ready in 2 days.

Note:
Some naxt weeks are fast ones, so I will give you Russian fast recipes.

Quick-pickled tomatoes

Submitted by Russian_Cuisine on Sat, 03/18/2006 - 09:21.
Ingredients:

Tomatoes
3 cups water
4 tsp salt
1 tsp sugar
4-5 ml 70% vinegar
4 bay leaves
12 black peppers
5 spicy peppers
1 small hot pepper

Method:

Put salt, sugar, all the peppers, and bay leaves, in a wide saucepan salt, sugar, all the peppers, and bay leaves, and pour water and vinegar.
Mix and bring to boil.
Stick tomatoes through the fruit-stem with a thin sharp knife.
Put tomatoes in 1 layer in the saucepan for 3 minutes to boil, turn carefully after 1,5 minutes.
After 3 minutes, take the tomatoes off the saucepan and put them in a glass can.
Put the next portion of tomatoes in the saucepan with boiling brine for 3 minutes.
Continue, until the can is full.
Then, pour hot brine in the can, cover, and set in any place at room temperature overnight.

Note:

Do not worry that the tomato skin will crack; it does not exert influence on the pickled tomatoes’ taste.
Pickled vegetables, fruit, and mushrooms are extremely popular in Russian cuisine.
They are used to make various garnishes for meat, or to fish, or just to grains or potatoes on a fast day.

Turnip puree

Submitted by Russian_Cuisine on Mon, 03/13/2006 - 08:30.
Ingredients:

1 lb small turnip
1 large shallot onion
2-3 tbsp red wine (Port or Cherry)
1 tbsp vegetable oil
Salt, pepper, nutmeg on taste

Method:
Peel onion and cut into small cubes.
Fry with vegetable oil until gold color.
Peel turnip, cut into 4 parts, and boil over boiling water until ready.
Mix onions, turnip, and wine, and blend until even consistency.

Before serving, you have to mix the puree with salt, pepper, and nutmeg, and warm in pre-heated to 400º F over boiling water.

Note:

You can prepare the puree without salt, pepper, and nutmeg, and keep in a refrigerator for 1-2 days, then heat with spices.

Monastery bread

Submitted by Russian_Cuisine on Mon, 03/06/2006 - 10:30.
Ingredients:

1 cup flour
1/3 cup boiled vegetables (carrots, beets, pumpkin, etc.)
Sparkling mineral water (or water with baking soda)

Method:

Mix all ingredients, knead dough. Shape into a round bread.
Sprinkle the baking sheet with 1 tbsp flour.
Place bread in an oven pre-heated to 390-400º F and bake for about 35 minutes.

Note:

You can use grated and pressed vegetables instead of boiled ones.
This bread does not contain yeast, so it is good up to 10 days.
Do not put too much water, or your bread will feel like chewing gum.
Sometimes, this bread is called "Long-life bread", because it helps maintain the stomach’s health.

Appetizer/Salad with cabbage

Submitted by Russian_Cuisine on Mon, 02/27/2006 - 09:05.
Ingredients:

1 medium cabbage
4 medium carrots
1 garlic
1 medium beet
For brine:
0.25 gallon water (or 1 liter)
1 cup sugar
1 cup 9% vinegar
0.5 cup vegetable oil
2 tbsp salt

Method:

Slice cabbage into thin stripes (size of "angel hairs")
Peel and grate all other vegetables, and mix them with cabbage.
Mix well.
Put in a glass or enameled dish. Press it.
Mix all ingredients for brine in an enameled saucepan, and bring to boil.
Pour boiling brine over the vegetable mix, until levels of vegetables and brine are equal.

Note:

You can use press for this.
Keep it in a room temperature for 24 hours, and after that, keep it in a refrigerator.
Serve as a diet dish, or as a garnish for potatoes, or for meat.

Spring salad

Submitted by Russian_Cuisine on Sat, 02/18/2006 - 11:31.
Ingredients for 4:

1 English cucumber
4 hard-boiled eggs
1 bunch green onions
4 tbsp sour cream
Salt on taste

Method:

Cut cucumber into thin 1/4 –circle pieces.
Clean and grate eggs.
Cut green onions.
Mix all ingredients together.
Serve immediately.

Apple-Rice Zapekanka

Submitted by Russian_Cuisine on Sat, 02/11/2006 - 11:31.
Ingredients for 4:

1 cup milk
1/3 lb rice
Salt
Vanilla
2 eggs
1 tbsp sugar
1 tbsp lemon juice
2 tbsp sugar powder
1 tbsp butter (or margarine)
1.25 lb apples

Method:

Bring milk to boil after adding salt.
Add rice to boiling milk, and boil for ½ hour on low heat.
Cool the ready rice.
Mix egg yolk, sugar and vanilla, and add to rice.
Whip the egg white, then it add to rice, and mix well.
Slice apples thinly, and sprinkle with lemon juice to avoid them getting dark.
Grease the baking sheet with butter.
Put layer of rice in the baking sheet, then apples, and repeat until out of ingredients.
Sprinkle with lemon juice and sugar powder over the top.
Bake in an oven pre-heated to 380º F for about 20 minutes (it depends on the oven).

Fish cutlets

Submitted by Russian_Cuisine on Sat, 02/11/2006 - 11:25.
Ingredients:

1 lb fish fillets
1 large shallot onion
0.25 lb dry white bread, soaked in milk
0.5 stick (25 g) of pork fat (or butter)
1 egg
Ground black pepper and salt on taste
Pinch of dry basilica
4 tbsp milk (or whipped cream)
1 tbsp vegetable oil

Method:

Peel and cut onions into small pieces. Fry with vegetable oil, until gold color.
Grind fillets, soaked bread, fried onions, and pork fat or butter.
Add egg to ground ingredients, then add milk, basilica, black pepper and salt.
Knead together.
Shape 6 cutlets, and roll them in breadcrumbs.
Fry them on a pre-heated skillet with vegetable oil.

Note:

Using this mix, you can make fish pancakes.
For this, you have to use 3-4 tbsp flour instead of soaked bread, add more milk in and whip the egg white before adding it to a mix. Cook as usual pancakes, but keep them under the lid for 5 minutes after they are ready, and serve.

Julienne a la Russ

Submitted by Russian_Cuisine on Sat, 02/04/2006 - 11:20.
Ingredients for 3:

0.75 lb non-fat pork
1 large shallot onion
1-2 oz cheese
4 tbsp mayonnaise
1 tbsp vegetable oil

Method:

Peel onions and cut into short thin strips.
Add vegetable oil to a skillet, heat to medium, put onions on the skillet, and cook until the onions are transparent.
Cut pork into julienne cut (cuts with sizes as a match).
Cover skillet with a lid. Turn heat to low. Cook until the meat is ready (for 10-12 minutes).
Add 1-2 tbsp hot water, if necessary. Add salt.
Turn heat to high; remove lid, and cook, stirring, until the skillet is dry.
Put meat and onions into 3 julienne dishes (or in small pots) filling them up to 2/3.
Wash with mayonnaise.
Note:
To get a less filling dish, you can use mix a sour cream and mayonnaise, or just sour cream.
Often, sauce “Béchamel” is used.

Béchamel recipe:

Ingredients:
1 tbsp butter
1-2 tbsp flour
½ cup milk
Method:
Put butter in a skillet or saucepan, melt butter, and add flour to the skillet.
Cook flour on low heat, until creamy color and nut aroma.
Add hot milk, stirring. Cook on low heat until even consistence and the volume that you need.

Pour sour cream or Béchamel over meat.
Sprinkle with grated cheese or with grated cheese mixed with breadcrumbs.
Bake in an oven pre-heated to 380º F until the crust turns gold.
To serve, put hot julienne dishes on small plates.

Salad Tatiana

Submitted by Russian_Cuisine on Sat, 01/28/2006 - 10:30.
Ingredients:

1 cup rice
1 tsp butter
½ lb boiled chicken breast
1 apple
1 tomato
3 tbsp sour cream
½ tsp lemon juice
Parsley
Salt on taste

Method:

Wash and dry the rice.
Boil salt water, add rice, and boil until ready with medium-low heating.
Cool.
Cut ready chicken breast into small cubes.
Peel apple and cut it into small cubes.
Cut tomato (with or without skin) into small cubes.
Mix rice, chicken, apple, and tomato.
Add salt and sour cream, and mix well.
Sprinkle with cut parsley.