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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.

Radish Salad

Submitted by Russian_Cuisine on Sat, 01/21/2006 - 10:20.
Ingredients:

1 radish (or cut ¾ lb – 1 lb)
Honey on taste
Sour cream on taste

Method:

Grate radish.
Mix well with honey and sour cream.
Serve.

Note:

This salad is one of the best anti-flu remedies in Russian cuisine.
Traditionally, Russians use black "margelan" radishes.
But daikon (Japanese radish) is good too.

Blinis with apples

Submitted by Russian_Cuisine on Sat, 01/14/2006 - 10:02.
Ingredients for 4:

4 servings simple yeast blinis
¼ lb sugar
2/3 stick (75 g) butter or margarine
2 lb "Golden Delicious" apples, or other sweet apples
2 tbsp apple wine

Method:

Peel, clean, and cut apples.
Melt butter or margarine in a medium-heated deep skillet.
Add apples to skillet and sugar, mix, then cover with lid, and let simmer for 10 minutes.
After that, remove lid, and let simmer for 10 minutes more.
Add apple wine, and mix well.
Turn heating off.
Put 1 tbsp cooked apples on the middle of blin, and roll blin into tube.
Grease baking sheet with butter, put rolled blinis on it, grease with butter upper sides of blin rolls, and sprinkle them with sugar.
Preheat oven to 390-400 F.
Place baking sheet in the oven for 5 minutes.

Small potato pies

Submitted by Russian_Cuisine on Sat, 01/07/2006 - 11:25.
Ingredients:

2 lb potato
1 lb cabbage
3 tbsp flour
1 tsp butter
Salt and spices on taste
2 hard-boiled eggs (optional)

Method:

Peel potato, wash, and boil with 1 cup water until ready.
Cut cabbage into thin short pieces, fry until gold color, add water, and simmer until the water evaporates, stirring thoroughly. Cool.
Make puree, cool, and add flour and salt.
Roll out a piece of dough, and put 1 tbsp cabbage in the middle of the dough piece. Pinch the edges, and put them on a baking sheet greased with butter.
Continue until you‘ve used up the dough and cabbage.
Wash the pies' top with melted butter, and bake in an oven pre-heated to 380ºF.

Note:

You can vary the stuffing.
For example, you can add grated eggs, or fried green onions to simmer cabbage.
Or you can make stuffing with boiled and cutmushrooms mixed with spices.

Cheese-potato balls

Submitted by Russian_Cuisine on Sun, 01/01/2006 - 11:32.
Ingredients:

8 medium boiled peeled potatoes
3 sticks (by 50 g), or 6 oz butter
1 cup all-purpose flour
4 eggs
2/3 cup grated cheese, or tvorog
Salt and pepper on taste

Method:

Make potato puree.
Whip mild butter.
Mix all ingredients, and knead dough.
Make 2"-diameter dough balls, and cook them in a deep fryer (or on a heated skillet) until their color is gold. Dry with paper towels.
Serve with sour cream, marinaded cucumbers, sauerkraut, mushrooms, or with fresh vegetables salads.

Tvorog

Submitted by Russian_Cuisine on Fri, 12/23/2005 - 21:30.
Tvorog is one of the most ancient and popular Russian dishes.
It was known in ancient Rome too, and one of philosophers, Columella, said that it is a favorable dish on a rich and poor table.
Tvorog is a well-balanced and useful dish, containing proteins, necessary amino acids, microelements, and vitamins. It is allowed-for-all dish, and it is absolutely necessary for children, because it contains plenty of calcium, and 14%-22% of protein. For a long time, Russians called tvorog "syr", which means "cheese", and even still pancakes with tvorog are named "syrnik".
People in villages, who had cows, eat tvorog and dishes containing tvorog, almost daily.
The sour milk, where proteins have already curdled, was product for preparing of tvorog.
Pour sour milk into an oven-safe dish (in old times – large pot), and place the dish into a not very hot oven (traditionally – in Russian oven).
After a few hours, take the dish off from oven, and pour its contents into fabric bag.
Place fabric bag in a colander, and let buttermilk to stream down.
After that, put press (any clean heavy staff) on the bag.
Tvorog left in the bag.
You can eat it with salt, sugar, and sour cream, or use it in different dishes.
The only disadvantage of this tvorog is that you cannot keep it more than 3 days in a refrigerator, or it will turn sour.
To prolong its storage time, you have to dry it.

The technology of draining tvorog is next:

Place fresh tvorog (after pressing) in an oven-safe dish, and put the dish in a not very hot oven once more, and put under press in a fabric bag once more.
After 2-3 times, you will have very dry, crumbly tvorog.

To keep it for a long time (up to half a year), put it in a clean pot, pour melted butter (Russian style) over it, and keep in a cold dry place under a tight lid. People took such tvorog on long trips.
Peasants traded with such tvorog, and the dryer the tvorog, the more expensive it was.
Modern technologies of tvorog preparation are not far from ancient ones:

Ingredients:

¼ h whole milk
1 cup plain yogurt

Method:

Boil milk in glass or enameled saucepan. Add yogurt, and mix.
Turn off heating, and let sit. After it turns warm and curdles, put any uncolored clean fabric bag in the colander, and pour the semi-finished product into a bag. Let drain. That means let the buttermilk stream down.
To make dryer tvorog, place a press over it.
Tvorog is ready.

Note:

Hundreds of recipes using tvorog are in Russian cuisine.
The most famous dishes from tvorog are "syrnik", "vareniki with tvorog", melted cheese, "zapekanka", "cheese balls with potato", or "cheese-potato cakes", and "Paskha" – Easter cake.
I will give these recipes later.

Forrester Kasha

Submitted by Russian_Cuisine on Sat, 12/17/2005 - 09:22.
Ingredients:

1/3 lb buckwheat
2 cups water
1 large shallot onion
2-3 fresh or frozen porcini mushrooms
1 egg
½ tsp salt (optional)
1 tbsp vegetable oil

Method:

Whip egg. Mix egg and buckwheat thoroughly.
Place the mix on a heated skillet and cook, stirring thoroughly.
After 3 minutes, or when the cereals dry, put it in boiling salted water.
Boil with low heating for 15 minutes, or until the water is absorbed by the cereals.
Let sit for 15 minutes.
Stir the cut onions and cut mushrooms with vegetable oil
Then, add mix to the kasha, and stir well.

Note:

This kasha is good as a standalone dish, or as a garnish to meat or poultry.
Or, it can be a condiment for meat or poultry soup.

Pearl Kasha with mushrooms and carrots

Submitted by Russian_Cuisine on Sat, 12/10/2005 - 09:03.
Ingredients:

2 cups pearl barley
2 large carrots
¼ lb pork fat (or 5 bacon stripes)
½ lb mushrooms

Method:

Wash pearl barley, put in a large saucepan, then add 6 cups of water.
Bring to boil, and boil for 15 minutes.
Cut pork fat into small cubes, fry on a skillet under lid until cuts will transparent.
Grate peeled carrots, and add them to the skillet.
Simmer mushrooms separately for 15 minutes with a few drops of melted fat.
Add fat with carrots and mushrooms to the saucepan with pearl barley.
Mix thoroughly. Optionally, add salt, and mix.
You can cook kasha in an oven, in an oven-safe dish, or on a stovetop until the cereals are ready.
Add water, if necessary.

Note:
You can make any other kasha (I mean, with any other cereals) by this recipe, but cooking time will vary. Pearl Kasha with mushrooms and carrots was a favorite dish of Russian Emperor Peter The Great.

Winter salad

Submitted by Russian_Cuisine on Sat, 12/03/2005 - 21:57.
Ingredients for 4:

¼ lb herring fillet
1 large potato
2 eggs
1 shallot onion
2 cucumbers
1 sweet red pepper
¼ lb canned sweet peas
2 medium carrots
Mayonnaise or mayonnaise mixed with sour cream
Cut dill, green onions – for decoration

Method:

Boil potato, carrots, and eggs separately, until ready.
Cool and peel them.
Cut herring fillet onto small cuts.
Grate eggs, cut potato, cucumbers, and carrots into small cubes.
Clean pepper (remove stem, seeds), cut into cubes.
Peel shallot onion, then cut into thin half-rings.
Cut green onions.
Mix all ingredients, except dill and green onions.
Add mayonnaise, and mix well one more time.
Put it in salad-dish, and decorate with greens.