Appetizers

Mushrooms in Aspic

Submitted by Nobility_Cuisine on Sat, 01/08/2011 - 17:43.

Ingredients (for 12 portions):

1 lb fresh mushrooms or 1 cup dried mushrooms
1 pack gelatin
3 hard-boiled eggs
Salt on taste
Pickles, sauces, greens, and berries for decoration on taste

Method:

Boil the mushrooms to readiness in 1/4 gal water with 1 tsp salt.

Soak gelatin in 0.5 cup hot mushroom broth.

Grate the mushrooms, or cut them into small pieces.

Peel the eggs, and slice them into 12 wedges.

Drain the mushroom broth into another dish, and pour the soaked gelatin in it.

Stir well, and heat for 1 minute in a microwave, or heat until gelatin dissolves.
Stir well one more time.

Pour the mushroom broth – gelatin mix into 12 dishes, put a portion of ground mushrooms and egg slice in every dish, and place in a refrigerator (not freezer).

Let sit for about 2 hours (or until the broth thickens).

Decorate with pickle slices, drops of sauces, chopped greens, or as you like, and serve cold.

Note:

This appetizer is a traditional one for celebrations.

Onion Marmalade

Submitted by Nobility_Cuisine on Sat, 10/23/2010 - 17:40.

Ingredients:

4 lb red onions
100 g (1/2 cup) vegetable oil
200 g (1 cup) red wine
100 g (1/2 cup) sugar
100 g (4 oz) honey
2 stalks thyme, or dried thyme
8-10 tbsp red wine vinegar
1 tsp coriander seeds, crushed or ground
0.5 tsp sea salt
Ground black pepper on taste

Method:

Take a medium sized sauce-pan with a thick bottom.
Pour the vegetable oil in it, add coriander seeds and thyme, and heat on medium heating for less than a minute.

Peel the onions, cut them into medium pieces, and put them in the sauce-pan.

Simmer with medium heating for about 5 minutes.
Stir to avoid burning!

Then, set heating to low, cover the sauce-pan with a lid, and simmer for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Then, add the wine, honey, sugar, vinegar, salt, and pepper to the mix, and stir well.

Simmer for about 40 minutes more, stirring periodically.

It is ready when it looks like marmalade with onion pieces.

Note:

You can place it in cans and make preserves, or you can just cover the saucepan with a lid, let it cool, and keep it in a refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

You can add soaked gelatin or agar-agar to shorten the simmering.

You can use other greens and spices so you can get a variety of marmalade tastes.

Note:
This is a perfect add-on to a cheese plate and toast, to duck dishes, to steaks and pates.

Note:

You can proportionally decrease all the ingredients to make less of it.

Cold Salt Mushrooms

Submitted by Russian_Cuisine on Sat, 09/04/2010 - 16:55.

Ingredients:

4 lb mushrooms (or 2 kg)

Set for salting:

30-40 g (1.2-1.5 oz) salt
Garlic, dill, pepper
Horseradish leaves
Black currant leaves
Bay leaves
Spicy (aromatic) pepper
Whole cloves

Method:

Soak the mushrooms in 3 – 4 parts cold water per part mushrooms.
Change the water twice daily, for 3 days.
Keep the dish with the mushrooms in a cold place.
Then, drain well.

Stir all ingredients for salting mix.
Divide the salting mix into 3 parts.

Place 1/3 of the salting mix on the dish bottom, then place half of the mushrooms in, tops facing down, and place another 1/3 of the salting mix over them.

Then, place the second half of the mushrooms tops down in the dish, and cover with the last 1/3 of the salting mix.

Place a flat circular wooden board to cover this and put some weight on it.

After 1-2 days, the mushrooms will decrease in volume, and the board and weight will be covered in juice.

Let sit for 10-12 days in a cold place (in a refrigerator but not in a freezer).

After that, the mushrooms are ready, and you can serve them as an appetizer or as part of a garnish.

Keep in cold place.

Crepe Tartlets with Crab And Caviar

Submitted by Nobility_Cuisine on Fri, 08/20/2010 - 17:09.

Ingredients:

For crepes

75 g (3 oz) plain flour
2 eggs, lightly beaten
2 tsp oil
120 ml (4 fl oz) milk
1 tbsp chives, finely chopped

For filling:

30 g (1 oz) butter
1/2 onion, finely chopped
50 g (2 oz) all-purpose flour
120 ml (4fl oz) milk
100 g (4 oz) fresh crabmeat
50 g (2 oz) Osetra (Sturgeon) caviar

Method:

Sift the flour into a bowl.
Gradually stir in the beaten eggs, then the oil, milk and chives and beat to a smooth batter.

Cover and let stand in a refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.

Lightly grease with the butter and heat a heavy-based pan.
Pour 2-3 tbsp of batter into the pan and cook until golden brown, turning and repealing for the other side.
Remove the crepe from the pan and set aside;

Repeat with the rest of the crepe dough mixture.

Using a cutter, cut out rounds from the crepes, large enough to fit 10 cm (4 in) the non-stick tartlet pans.

Line the tartlet pans with the crepe rounds and bake for about 10 minutes in a pre-heaterd to 200 C (400 F)oven.

Then, remove from pans and cool on a wire rack.

To make the filling, heat the butter in a saucepan.

Add the onion and cook until soft.

Stir-in the flour, cooking for 1 minute.

Remove from the heat, gradually stirring in the milk and crabmeat.

Return to the heat and stir until the sauce thickens.

Let to cool.

Just before serving, spoon the crab mixture into the crepe cups and top with caviar.

Fish Pate

Submitted by Nobility_Cuisine on Mon, 08/09/2010 - 15:45.

Ingredients:

1 lb any fish fillets (de-boned, de-skinned)
0.5 lb butter or spread
1 medium onion
2-3 tbsp flour
2-3 tbsp butter
Spices:
1 stalk dill, 1 celery stalk, 1-3 bay leaves, 1 small parsley root, salt, ground red pepper on taste
Optional: 1 ground stir-fried onion, or 2 tbsp ground stir-fried mushrooms, finely chopped greens

Method:

Place the fish fillets in a saucepan, pour one cup of water in, and bring to boil.

Place the onions, parsley root, celery stalk, dill stalk, and bay leaves into the sauce-pan, and boil with low heating for about 20-25 minutes.

Turn off the heating, and let the fish cool in the broth.

Melt 3 tbsp butter in a skillet, and pour the flour in while stirring thoroughly.

Cook for about 2 minutes with medium heating.
Then, pour the milk in, teaspoonful at a time, stirring all the while to get an even consistency.

Note: The consistency has to be like that of thin sour cream.
Let the sauce cool.

Blend the fish until an even consistency, add 0.5 lb butter or spread, and whip for 4 - 5 minutes.

Then, add the sauce, salt, and ground red pepper, and whip until an even, airy consistency.

Optionally, you can add the mushrooms or fried onions.

Note:

You can keep this pate in a refrigerator for up to 12 hours, but to it is better fresh.

Baked Stuffed Tomatoes

Submitted by Russian_Cuisine on Sat, 06/19/2010 - 17:00.

Ingredients:

3/4 lb medium tomatoes
1 eggplant
1 medium onion
3 garlic cloves
1/4 lb cheese
2 tbsp vegetable oil
Salt, ground pepper, parsley greens, Mayo on taste

Method:

Peel the onions, cut them into small cubes.

Grind the cheese.

Cut the greens thinly.

Wash the tomatoes in hot water.

Cut the tops out, and remove the seeds and cores with a spoon.
Cut the cores into small pieces.

Peel the eggplant, cut into small cubes, and stir-fry with vegetable oil until it becomes golden colored.

Then, add the tomato cores and onions, and stir-fry until the onions become soft.

Press the garlic, add to the fried mix, and stir the whole mix well with 1 tbsp Mayo.

Stuff the tomatoes with this mix.

Pre-heat an oven to 400-420 F (200-220 C).

Grease a baking sheet with vegetable oil, and place the stuffed tomatoes on it.

Cover with the Mayo leftovers, sprinkle with ground cheese and greens, and bake for about 2-3 minutes (until the cheese melts).

Serve hot.

Peas a la Cupetz

Submitted by Nobility_Cuisine on Sat, 06/05/2010 - 17:49.

Ingredients:

1 cup (200g) dried peas
1 cup ground walnuts
¼ cup butter
¼ cup ground cheese
Salt on taste

Method:

Soak the peas for 4 – 6 hours, then bring to boil in the same water, and boil until they become mild (1 – 2 hours).
Then, drain them, and sift through a mesh (or make into puree with a food processor).

Then, add the salt and ground walnuts, and mix well.

Whip the warm butter, and add the mix to the butter, continuing whipping.

Then, cool in a refrigerator, whip for 10 more minutes, and add the ground cheese continuing whipping.

Then, the mix will turn a whiter color and increases in volume, and the pea pate is ready.

It is an appetizer, or part of a complex garnish to a meat.

Mushrooms in Aspic – appetizer

Submitted by Nobility_Cuisine on Sat, 05/01/2010 - 15:38.

Ingredients:

3-4 oz (75-100 g) fresh, salted, or brined mushrooms (or 1 oz dried mushrooms)
1 pack gelatin (5 g)
5 fl.oz (125 g) mushroom broth
1 garlic clove

Method:

If the mushrooms are fresh, wash them, then cut them into small pieces.

If the mushrooms are salted or brined, drain, then wash, and then cut them into small pieces.

If the mushrooms are dry, soak them for 3 hours, then boil until they’re ready, and then cut them into small pieces.

Cut the garlic into thin slices.

Soak the gelatin; heat the mushroom broth to 45-50C (113-122F).

Dissolve the gelatin in the mushroom broth, heat to 80C (176F) (2 minutes in a microwave), add salt and garlic, and stir well.

Place the mushrooms into shapes in equal portions, pour the broth over them, cover with paper or plastic, and cool in a refrigerator for 1-2 hours.

This dish is good as an appetizer or as a garnish to vegetables.

Cabbage with Walnut Sauce

Submitted by Nobility_Cuisine on Wed, 04/14/2010 - 00:28.

Ingredients:

2 lb shredded cabbage
4-5 garlic cloves
0.5-1 cup ground walnuts
Salt, pepper, greens and onions (optional) on taste

Method:

Boil the cabbage in salt water until it’s ready (or heat in a microwave).

Drain, place evenly on a large flat dish, and press for 1 hour (put a pan lid on top and put something heavy onto the lid).

Then, drain the cabbage, and put it in a salad bowl.

Mix the cabbage, salt (optional), garlic, walnuts, cut greens and onions (optional), and ground black pepper together.

Let sit for 15 minutes, and serve.

Smoked Salmon Mousse

Submitted by Nobility_Cuisine on Sat, 02/06/2010 - 18:00.

Ingredients:

175 g (0.4 lb) smoked salmon fillets
1 tbsp thinly cut fresh dill greens
1 tbsp thinly ground lemon peels
1 tbsp ground garlic
175 g (0.4 lb) medium-fat tvorog (farmer cheese)
150 g (0.3 lb) sour cream

Method:

Blend all ingredients to an even consistency.

Place on a dish. Make a shape as you like, cover with clear wrap, and place in a refrigerator for 3-5 hours.

Note:

You can keep this in a refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Decorate with ground eggs, lemon slices, parsley, and green salad greens before serving.

Slice right before serving.