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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.

Pie with cabbage and eggs

Submitted by Russian_Cuisine on Sat, 11/26/2005 - 00:46.
For dough:

2 cup all-purpose flour
1 pack (250 g), or 9 oz, tvorog
2 eggs
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tbsp sugar
1/3 lb butter (or margarine)

For filling:

3 lb cabbage (or 2 lb sliced cabbage)
3 eggs
1 pack dill
1/2 cup milk
1 tbsp butter (or margarine)
Salt

Method:

Slice cabbage into short strips.
Heat skillet (or a wide, but not deep sauce pan), pour milk, and after milk is warmed up, add cabbage.
Let cabbage simmer, mixing from time to time.
Boil eggs hard, cool, clean, and grate. Cut dill.
Mix cabbage, eggs, butter, and dill.
Add salt (a little more than on your taste), and mix well.
To make dough, mix tvorog, eggs, and sugar, until sugar dissolves. Then, add melted butter, flour, baking mix, and knead the dough.
Divide into 2 pieces 1:2 sizes.
Roll out the large part of dough on dimensions of baking sheet (do not forget extra dough for edges).
Put filling evenly over it, and press a little with a spoon.
Roll out the second part of the dough, and place it over filling.
Pre-heat an oven to 390-400 F.
Squeeze the dough edges of the upper and lover dough sheets together.
Blend egg yolks, and wash the upper crust of the pie with them to cover all the dough.
Bake for about 40 minutes.
Serve hot or warm.

Sochniki

Submitted by Russian_Cuisine on Wed, 11/23/2005 - 23:44.
Ingredients:

For dough:

¼ lb melted margarine
2 egg yolks
4 tbsp sour cream
2 ½ cups wheat flour
1 cup sugar
Pinch of baking soda
Salt on taste

For filling:

1 lb tvorog (or farmers cheese, or ricotta)
2 egg whites
2 tbsp flour
2 tbsp sour cream
Raisins and vanilla on taste (optional)

Method:

Simple Yeast Blinis

Submitted by Russian_Cuisine on Sat, 11/12/2005 - 00:32.
"Blinis" is just multiple of "blin".

Ingredients:

1 lb all-purpose flour
2 cups milk
3 eggs
1 tbsp butter
1 pack yeast
1 tbsp sugar
½ tsp salt

Method:

Warm up 1 cup milk (do not boil!), dissolve yeast in it, then add all the flour and knead the dough. Set in warm place for 1 hour.
Warm up one more cup of the milk. Add salt, sugar, egg yolks.
Blend well, and add the mix into raised dough. Blend all together, and let to stand.

Vareniki with cabbage and mushrooms

Submitted by Russian_Cuisine on Fri, 11/04/2005 - 21:21.
Ingredients for 8:

3 cups wheat flour
1 cup water
6 tbsp vegetable oil
1 lb cabbage
½ lb mushrooms
1 onion
Salt on taste

Method:

Clean and wash mushrooms and boil until ready (10-15 minutes), then dry and cut into small cubes.
Slice cabbage thinly into short thin stripes, fry for 15 minutes on a pre-heated skillet with 3 tbsp oil, stirring thoroughly. Cut onions into small cubes, fry with 2 tbsp oil.
Mix cabbage, onions, salt, and set aside.
Make dough with flour, water, salt, let stand for 20 minutes in a warm place.
Roll out dough thinly, shape circles from it with cup or glass.
Put 1 tsp cabbage-mushrooms mix on the center of piece of round dough, and pinch the edges of the dough. Traditionally, vareniki have a semi-circular shape.
Boil water or broth, add vareniki in it and boil for 15 minutes on low heating or until ready.
Serve with sour cream, or sprinkle with vegetable oil and salt.

Other “Southern” Salad

Submitted by Russian_Cuisine on Sat, 10/29/2005 - 21:21.
Ingredients:

1/2 lb sweet red pepper
1/2 lb tomatoes
1/3 lb onions
1/3 lb cucumbers
1/3 lb breadcrumbs
1/3 lb yogurt or sour cream
Salt and pepper on taste

Method:

Cut off pepper seeds.
Cut pepper into long thin stripes.
Cut tomatoes and cucumbers into medium-size pieces.
Cut onions into small cubes.
Cook breadcrumbs on a skillet until a nice aroma arises.
Mix vegetables and breadcrumbs, add salt (and, optionally, black pepper).

Simplest apple pie “Charlotte”

Submitted by Russian_Cuisine on Sat, 10/22/2005 - 00:24.
Ingredients:

1 cup flour
1 cup sugar
3 eggs

Method:

Stir sugar and eggs then mix this with flour, knead the dough.
Peel and cut apples into small cubes, put them in greased baking form.
Pour the dough over them and shake the form (the dough has to be on the form’s bottom too.
Bake in an oven on low heat.

“Zapekanka” – Tvorog – cream wheat baked pudding

Submitted by Russian_Cuisine on Sat, 10/15/2005 - 00:12.
Tvorog is a product of sour milk. The closest American analog is cottage cheese with small curds, but it has a different taste.
You can buy (or at least find out where to buy) tvorog in any Russian store.

Ingredients for 2:

1 pack of tvorog (250 g). or ½ lb cottage cheese.
2 eggs
3 tbsp (or 1 pack) cream wheat, or bread crumbs
1 tbsp sugar
½ cup raisins
½ tsp baking soda
½ tsp lemon juice
Vanilla on taste
Kefir or sour cream
1 tbsp margarine