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.

Appetizer with egg

Submitted by Nobility_Cuisine on Sun, 01/01/2006 - 11:31.
Ingredients for 1:

1 hard-boiled egg
2 oz grated cheese
1/2 tsp mayonnaise
Tomatoes, fresh cucumber, garlic, parsley - for decoration, on taste

Method:

Cut egg into 2 halves.
Take out the yolk; mix it with grated cheese, garlic, and mayonnaise until even consistency.
Put the mix into a decorating (confectionary) bag, and fill the egg white halves using any piece.
Cut tomatoes and cucumbers in decorative shapes, cut parsley.
Decorate the serving dish, put stuffed egg over it. Serve immediately.
Note: You can make as many servings as you need just by adding stuffed eggs and decorations.

Smoked Fish - Potato Salad

Submitted by Nobility_Cuisine on Sat, 12/24/2005 - 09:45.
Ingredients for 4:

4 medium potatoes
½ lb any smoked fish fillet
1 medium shallot onion
2 tbsp vegetable oil
Salt and pepper on taste

Method:

Boil potatoes until ready. Cool, peel, and cut into medium or small cubes.
Cut fish into small pieces.
Peel and slice onion into very thin half-rings.
Mix potatoes, fish, and onions. Add salt, pepper, and oil, and mix well.
Note: You can keep this salad in the refrigerator for 24 hours.

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.

Trout in white wine

Submitted by Nobility_Cuisine on Sat, 12/17/2005 - 09:36.
Ingredients for 2:

2 medium trout
3 1/3 oz white wine
½ lemon tsp lemon juice
1 bunch green onions
Salt and pepper on taste

Method:

Place wood sticks on the bottom of saucepan. Pour wine in saucepan.
Scale and clean trout, sprinkle with salt and pepper on both sides, and put them in saucepan.
Sprinkle with cut green onions.
Cover saucepan with a tight lid, and turn heating to medium.
After 20 minutes, put trout on serving dishes, sprinkle with lemon juice, and serve with potatoes, or rice, or other appropriate garnish for fish.

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.

Fish solanka (soup)

Submitted by Nobility_Cuisine on Sat, 12/10/2005 - 21:13.
Ingredients for 2:

½ lb sturgeon fillet
2 medium potatoes
1 tomato
1 red sweet pepper
2 marinaded cucumbers
10 black/green olives
2 tbsp all-purpose flour
2 tbsp vegetable oil
Salt, ground black pepper on taste
1 lemon
Italian parsley for decoration

Method:

Peel potatoes, clean pepper and tomato, cut potatoes, tomato, and red pepper into cubes. Mix vegetables, pour flour over it, and mix well.
Cook on a skillet (or not deep sauce pan) until potatoes are lightly gold color.
Put vegetables into a saucepan with boiling water, turn heating to low, and boil 10 minutes.
Cut cucumbers and olives into small cuts, add into the saucepan, boil 3 minutes.
Cut sturgeon fillet into cubes, add salt and pepper, and boil 7 minutes.
After you pour solanka in serving plates, decorate it with slice of lemon and sprinkle with cut parsley.

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.

Deli salad with crabmeat or crabmeat imitation

Submitted by Nobility_Cuisine on Sat, 12/03/2005 - 09:59.
Ingredients for 3:

¼ lb crabmeat (or crabmeat imitation)
¼ lb celery stalks
3 hard-boiled quail eggs
1 medium shallot onion
For sauce:
1 orange
1 lemon
2 tbsp vegetable oil

Method:

Cut crabmeat into ½ inch strips, and put them in one layer on the salad dish bottom.
Cut celery stalks into thin rings.
Pour them over the crabmeat.
Slice eggs into thin circles, and put them over the celery.
Peel onion, slice it into thin rings, and pour them over the egg circles.
Squeeze orange juice, then press lemon juice, then mix oil and juices together.
Blend them.
Pour the mix over the salad, let sit 1-2 hours in a refrigerator.

Note:

You can decorate it with any green salad, and substitute imitation crabmeat for crabmeat, and chicken eggs for quail ones. Also, you can add salt and pepper.