Miscellaneous

Tvorog Spread (Farmers Cheese Spread)

Submitted by Russian_Cuisine on Sat, 08/13/2011 - 16:24.

Ingredients:
 
1 lb tvorog, or farmers cheese
0.5 lb butter or margarine, or spread
3 tbsp mustard
3 tbsp ground paprika
Ground caraway seeds, chopped dill greens, pressed garlic, and salt on taste
 
Method:
 
Whip all ingredients together while you get an almost even consistency.
 
Note:

You can use it as a spread for rye bread, or for other baking, or as a stuffing  for sweet red peppers (cool, and slice into thin pieces across), or as an ingredient for vegetable salads.

Note:

This old-times dish is a very popular one on a South of Russia where sweet peppers can ripe.

Salt Mackerel

Submitted by Russian_Cuisine on Sat, 06/18/2011 - 15:48.

Ingredients:

1 – 2 medium mackerel
2 peppercorns
2 bay leaves
2 allspices
Coriander seeds on taste
Hot pepper on taste
Salt and water

Method:

Wash the fish, and remove the fins and innards.

Bring 1/4 gal water to boil, and dissolve as much salt as possible in it, stirring constantly.

Add the peppers, bay leaves, and coriander seeds.

Cool to a room temperature.

Place the fish in a glass or enameled saucepan, and cover it with a lid.

Let sit for about 2 hours at room temperature.

Place in a refrigerator for 2 – 4 days.

Then, remove the bones, slice into pieces, sprinkle with vegetable oil, and serve as an appetizer, or with potato dishes.

Keep in salt water for up to 1 month in the refrigerator.

Stuffed Sweet Peppers

Submitted by Russian_Cuisine on Wed, 05/11/2011 - 22:40.

Ingredients:

4 -8 red, yellow, or orange sweet peppers
1 cup rice
2 large onions
2 large carrots
2 large tomatoes
4 garlic cloves
Parsley, mint, bay leaves, salt, sugar and ground black pepper on taste

Method:

Peel the onions and carrots, chop them with the parsley greens, and stir-fry for 3-5 minutes with strong heating.

Boil the rice.

Peel and chop the tomatoes and garlic, or just use salsa or tomato sauce.

Stir the rice, fried vegetables, and tomato sauce together.

Boil 2 cups water with the bay leaves, mint, salt, sugar, and pepper for about 1 minute.

Then, cool the brine a little, and add 1 tsp vinegar.

Wash the sweet peppers, remove the seeds, and soak them in brine for about 5 minutes, or more.

Drain the peppers, and stuff them with the rice-vegetable-tomato mix.

Cover, let sit for about 30 minutes, and serve.

Pressed Vegetables

Submitted by Nobility_Cuisine on Wed, 05/11/2011 - 22:33.

Ingredients:

1 lb zucchini
1 lb eggplants
3 sweet peppers (red, orange, or yellow)
3 leek stalks
0.5 lb shampignons
5 tbsp vegetable oil
3 garlic cloves

Method:

Press the garlic, and stir with vegetable oil.

Wash the vegetables.

Slice the zucchini into thin rounds, bake or fry for 3-5 minutes, sprinkle with salt, and set aside.

Slice the white parts of the leeks into thin rounds.
Chop the mushrooms.

Stir-fry the mushrooms and leeks with 1 tbsp vegetable oil until they’re ready, and place them on the bottom of a deep enameled or glass dish.

Cut the eggplants into thin rounds, sprinkle with 1 tsp vegetable oil, and bake in an oven pre-heated to 400 F (200 C) for about 10 minutes.(Avoid burning it!)
Then, let cool.

Remove the seeds and stalks from the sweet peppers, sprinkle the inside with 1 tsp of the vegetable oil with garlic.
Let sit for 1 hour, then slice into short thin strips.

Sprinkle the mushroom-leek layer with 1 tbsp vegetable oil, and cover with the zucchini layer.

Sprinkle the zucchini with 1 tbsp vegetable oil, and cover with the eggplants.

Sprinkle the eggplants with 1 tbsp vegetable oil, and cover with the pepper strip layer.

Sprinkle with 1 tbsp vegetable oil, and cover with a lid that’s smaller than the dish, place a press over the lid, and let sit overnight.

To serve, turn the dish over on a large flat plate.

You get a “vegetable cake”.
Slice, and serve.

Herb Butter

Submitted by Nobility_Cuisine on Sat, 04/30/2011 - 06:58.

Ingredients:

150 g (5.3 oz) butter or margarine
1 bunch parsley leaves, thinly chopped
1 garlic clove, pressed
Salt and ground pepper on taste

Method:

Warm the butter or margarine, and whip all ingredients.
Make portion rounds, divide by baking paper pieces, and keep in a refrigerator in a dish under a lid.

Notes:

This butter is perfect with pancakes, or fresh bread, or as a top of a fish or meat steak when baking, or for add-ons to any vegetable dishes.
This recipe is a basic one, you can add more ingredients:
Adding a blue cheese crumbles is best with meat steaks.
Adding rosemary is best for fish dishes.

Other variations:

Any chopped fresh greens
Any ground hard cheese
Chopped sun-dried tomatoes, anchovy, olives, capers
Lemon or orange juice
Ground hot peppers
Crumbled blue cheese
Dried greens on your taste
Bacon crumbles
In any combination.

Lent Beet "Caviar"

Submitted by Russian_Cuisine on Sat, 04/02/2011 - 15:33.

Ingredients:

1 lb beetroots
3 medium gherkins
Vegetable oil on taste

Method:

Boil or microwave the beets until they’re ready (easy to poke through).

Let cool.

Peel the beets, and grate the gherkins and beets together.

Add vegetable oil on your taste, and stir well.
The dish is ready.

Note:

You can use this dish as a salsa, a salad, as a lent dish, or as part of a complex garnish.

Plum Sauce for Meat

Submitted by Russian_Cuisine on Sat, 02/05/2011 - 17:12.

Ingredients:

1 lb pitted plums
5 stalks fresh coriander
5 stalks dill (optional)
5 large garlic cloves, peeled
1 tsp salt
Pinch of hot ground red pepper

Method:

Soak plums in 1 cup warm water for 1 hour, then bring to boil, and boil for about 30 minutes under a lid with low heating.

Then, make puree (with the liquid).

Press the garlic, chop all of the greens.

Stir all the ingredients together, and bring to boil.

Boil for 1 minute, and turn heating off.

Serve as a sauce to meat.

Cauliflower in Beer Dough Crust

Submitted by Nobility_Cuisine on Sat, 01/22/2011 - 17:50.

Ingredients:

1 lb cauliflower
0.5 cup flour
2 tbsp ground cheese
0.5 tsp curry
2 eggs
1 tbsp melted butter or margarine
0.5 cup light beer
1 lemon

Method:

Bring the water to boil, add salt, then add the cauliflower, and boil for about 5 minutes.

Alternatively, microwave the cauliflower.

Then place it in a colander, pour cold water over it, and let sift.

Put the cabbage in an enameled or glass dish.
Press the lemon juice, and pour the juice over the cauliflower.

Let sit for about 15 minutes.

At the same time, blend the flour, ground cheese, curry, whipped eggs, butter, and beer together.

Soak each cauliflower piece in the dough, and fry it on a skillet or in a deep fryer until it turns golden.

Serve with Hollandaise or another white sauce.

"Holodets" – general recipe

Submitted by Nobility_Cuisine on Sat, 11/27/2010 - 19:21.

Ingredients:

3-4 lb meat bones
1 lb meat
1 pack gelatin
4-5 bay leaves
Salt, ground pepper on taste
0.5 lb boiled vegetables
0.5 lemons
Garlic, parsley and dill on taste

Method:

This dish’s name “holodets” is from the Russian word “holod”, i.e., “cold”.

It is because the final preparation step is to cool in a refrigerator for a few hours.

Really, chicken, beef, or pork “holodets” is a meat jelly with meat cuts, vegetable cuts, and spices inside.

This dish is an ancient recipe, which is still the same as some hundreds of years ago, and this is a traditional dish for many Russian celebrations.

The first stage of the recipe is to make a tasty broth.

For that, put pieces of bones, or bones and meat in a large sauce pan in same time, pour cold water over them, put bay leaves, salt, and ground pepper, and bring to boil with low heating.

Remove foam when it comes up, until the boiling water is clear.

Boil for 2-3 hours, depending on bones’ size.

Soak gelatin in warm water (1 pack of gelatin – 1 cup of water) for 1 hour, mixing sometimes.

After that, filter to remove unnecessary water.

Filter meat broth, and mix with soaked gelatin.

Cut cooked meat into small or medium cubes.

Cut any boiled vegetables (traditionally, celery and carrots) into decorative cuts (stars, rings, etc.).

Pour thin layer of broth in a serving dish (traditionally, it is a large and deep round dish), and place in a refrigerator for half an hour to let freeze.

After that, put a few pieces of meat and vegetables in the serving dish, and pour broth over them to cover them.

Place in the refrigerator for half an hour.

Continue to add meat and vegetables, and cover them with broth until all ingredients run out.

After that, cover the dish with lid, and place in a refrigerator for 2-3 hours or more.

The dish is ready when jelly is strong.

Note:

You can serve this dish (Russians consider it an appetizer or a cold main dish) in a few ways:

You can serve it in the same dish, where everyone cuts a part for himself.

You can take a flat serving dish, place dish with “holodets” in very hot water for a couple of seconds, and turn it over on the flat dish, and after that slice it.

You can cut “holodets” into cubes, and everyone takes a few cubes for his own plate.

Traditionally, decorations for “holodets” are lemon slices, dill and parsley cuts.

Serve with boiled potatoes, brined cucumbers, and brined mushrooms.

Note:

To make this dish have fewer calories, you can use vegetable broth and non-fat meat.
If you like garlic, you can place some fresh (not boiled, not fried!) cloves or cuts of cloves with other vegetables when you make this dish.

Brynza

Submitted by Nobility_Cuisine on Thu, 11/25/2010 - 22:53.

Ingredients:

1 L (1/4 g) milk 3.2 % fat
200 g (7 oz) sour cream, 15% fat
2 - 3 eggs
1-2 tbsp salt

Method:

Pour the milk into a thick-bottom saucepan (or a non-stick one).

Bring to boil, avoiding burning.
Add salt to the milk, stir.

Whip the eggs and sour cream, and add to the boiling milk while continuously stirring.

Try to get an almost even consistency.

Bring to boil one more time, and boil for 5 more minutes.

You’ll see a thick top layer.
Pour everything from the saucepan into a colander covered with 4-fold fabric.

Wait until all the liquid drips out (about 3 hours).

Then, roll the fabric, put this on a flat dish, place a cutting board on top, and press with a saucepan filled with water.

Let sit overnight.
Generally, it is ready after 3 hours.

Uncover. You’ll get about 14 oz of Brynza.

You can cut it into cubes, and keep in salt water or in the liquid that dripped out of it.

You can use it in Greek salads, or in other Mediterranean salads.