Don’s Salad

Submitted by Russian_Cuisine on Wed, 09/07/2005 - 08:43.
Don’s Salad

This recipe is named not in a human’s, but in the great river’s name. For some hundred years, starting in the 13th century, the area around Don was a place where free people lived, who did not pay any taxes, and did not have any state duties except to defend Russia from attacks by people from the south.

Salad “Belorussia”

Submitted by Nobility_Cuisine on Sat, 09/03/2005 - 08:51.
Ingredients:

1/10 lb dried porcini
1/2 lb beef liver
2 salt cucumbers
3 shallot onions
2 eggs
3/4 cup mayonnaise (or mix mayonnaise and sour cream)
3 tbsp vegetable oil
Pepper, greens, salt on taste.

Method:

Wash dried porcini 3 times. Then put them in a pan and soak it in cold water for 2 hours. Then boil them in the same water for 1-1.5 hours. Cool and slice.
Boil beef liver in another pan for 40 minutes. Cool and cut into small cubes.
Slice peeled onions, and cook in a skillet with vegetable oil until its color is gold. Cool.
Slice cucumbers to small cubes.
Put the porcini, beef liver, onions, cucumbers, salt, (optionally, pepper) and mayonnaise, in a large dish
Mix very well and serve.

Mushroom “caviar” - Appetizer

Submitted by Russian_Cuisine on Sat, 08/27/2005 - 09:30.
Fish caviar was very popular in old Russia. This is why people began calling appetizers from minced salted mushrooms, vegetables, and etc. as “caviar”, for example, “mushroom caviar”, or “vegetable caviar”. These tasty and cheap appetizers are very popular in Russia in the modern times.

Mushroom “caviar”

Ingredients for 4:

1 lb salted mushrooms
1 large shallot onion
3 tbsp vegetable oil
Crushed black pepper, salt, dill and other greens on taste

Chicken “kneles” - Main dish

Submitted by Nobility_Cuisine on Sat, 08/27/2005 - 09:28.
Ingredients:

1 pack (1 lb) ground chicken
1 lb prepared rice (white, brown, any other one)
1 medium shallot
2 cans chicken broth (optional)
2 eggs (optional)
Salt on taste
Ground black pepper (optional)

Method:

Set large pan with water (2 cups) or chicken broth to heat.
Peel onion and cut it into small cubes.
In a large dish, mix ground meat, rice, onions, salt, and (optionally) eggs.
Knead until even consistency (3-5 minutes).
When water starts to boil, make “kneles”: take the mix with a wet hand and shape it into a ball (they will enlarge in water). Put the knele into the boiling water, and make the next one.
Repeat until the mix is gone.
Boil kneles for 5 – 10 minutes, it depends on their size.
Serve hot with your favorite sauce, or just with sour cream.

“Southern” Salad

Submitted by Russian_Cuisine on Sat, 08/20/2005 - 18:20.
Ingredients:

1/2 garlic head
1 cup walnuts (peeled)
1 lb home cheese
Salt
Parsley
Coriander

Method:

Cut every ingredient into very small pieces.
Blend them together. Serve with any green salad and fresh bread.

Fish Galantine - Appetizer

Submitted by Nobility_Cuisine on Sat, 08/20/2005 - 08:20.
Ingredients for 4:

1 lb fish fillet with skin
3 pieces wheat bread without crust
1/2 cup milk
2 tbsp butter or margarine
1 egg
Greens, salt and black ground pepper on taste
1/2 lemon

Method:

Peel off fish skin, cut and grind fish fillet.
Soak the bread in milk, and grind together bread and fish.
Melt margarine or butter.
Whip egg.
Mix together ground meat and bread, melted margarine, whipped egg, salt end pepper.
Blend mix until you get even consistency.
Cover the fish skin with the mix, and carefully roll it up.
Place galantine in a tight, fabric bag, and boil in salted water for about 20 minutes.
Dry and cool under press. You can use broth for fish jelly.
To serve, cut with a very sharp knife into thin slices, and surround with thin lemon slices and greens (dill, parsley, etc.) on the serving plate.

Fish cutlets - Main dish

Submitted by Russian_Cuisine on Sat, 08/20/2005 - 08:19.
This is a basic recipe.

Ingredients for 4:

1 ¼ fish fillets without bones and skin (preferable, non-fat fish like cod or hake)
2-3 slices of white bread
½ cup milk
3 tbsp breadcrumbs
1 egg
2 tbsp vegetable oil
1 tbsp thinly cut green onions (optional)
Salt, pepper on taste

Method:

Soak bread in milk and knead.
Grind fish fillets, or cut them into small cubes.

Astrakhan’s uha - Soup

Submitted by Russian_Cuisine on Fri, 08/12/2005 - 20:37.
Astrakhan is an ancient city of about 2 million people in the delta of the greatest Russian river, Volga, and it is on the shores of the Caspian Sea and also riverside.
Astrakhan is a famous center of catching and cultivation of the sturgeons, and a center of the productions of black caviar.
In the “good old times” there were plenty of sturgeons in the Volga delta. Now, there are much fewer of them, but sturgeons are still common food for Astrakhan’s region’s inhabitants.

Cod liver salad 1 - Salads

Submitted by Nobility_Cuisine on Fri, 08/12/2005 - 20:30.
This recipe with fish liver is very old. Before 1917, it contained fresh, boiled with greens and salt fish liver. Later, this was one of the most popular Soviet salads (the main problem was to get a can of “Cod liver in oil”). The recipe is one of the simplest, and very tasty. A person who lives in USA can get such cans in any European/Russian deli shops.
This recipe, like many Russian ones, allows variations in ratios of ingredients, and allows adding other ingredients.
Basically, this is a recipe from Old Russian cuisine, where fish liver was usual food, and every wife could choose which liver she preferred today for her family: burbot, pike perch, pike or any other one. Burbot’s liver is considered the tastiest (if choosing from river fish). An advantage of this salad is that it takes no more than 10 minutes to prepare.

Basic ingredients:

1 can “Cod liver in oil”
1/2 medium shallot onion
2-3 hard-boiled eggs
Salt on taste

Method:

Cut onion into very small pieces.
Note: You can pour hot water over it and then dry, if you do not like onions’ bitter taste.
Grate eggs in a dish.
Pour onion pieces in the dish.
Put pieces of cod liver in the dish and mix until even consistency.
Note: You can make this salad in a blender, but it is delectable if you mix it with a fork.
If you find the salad a little dry, add oil from the fish can, in drops, or add 1 tbsp mayonnaise, or 1 tbsp mayonnaise/sour cream mix.

A very similar recipe is “Salad from cod liver with fresh cucumber”.
If compared with the basic recipe, the additional ingredients are thinly cut cucumber, and pepper on taste. You have to add these ingredients to the basic salad, and mix until even consistency.

Beets, cheese, nuts and cucumbers - Salad

Submitted by Russian_Cuisine on Sat, 08/06/2005 - 10:20.
Do you like beets? No? Well, the secret is how to cook them!
Try this simple and tasty appetizer, and don’t tell me you don’t like this.
Play with exact ratios of the ingredients in this appetizer, which the Russians call “Beets, cheese, nuts & cucumbers,” and get your own unique recipe.

Ingredients:

Boiled beets (from can, possible)
Shredded cheese
Crushed nuts
Marinated or salted cucumbers (not sweet!)
Garlic (crushed)
Mayonnaise (on taste)