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 Russian Recipes - Hot Pancakes and Cold Salads 
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Russian Recipes - Hot Pancakes and Cold Salads
by: Alex Madison

What are you planning to cook at your next family get together? Why not try something different and exciting from an alternative culture. International dishes are a great way to show off your talents in the kitchen so today we are going to share with you some Russian recipes that anyone can master.

Blini - Traditional Russian Pancakes

The crepe might be French but other countries will argue their version tastes better. Russia is no different and they have the Blini:

To make Blini you will need:

½ cup plain flour (sifted)

2 eggs

2 ½ cups of milk

1 tablespoon sugar

1 tablespoon sugar

1 tablespoon butter

1/3 teaspoon of baking soda (optional if you want a lighter mixture)

Break the eggs into a bowl and whisk with the sugar and salt. Add the flower to the mixture and then slowly stir in the milk to avoid lumps. Mix well or blend in a food processor. Your batter should be fairly runny at this stage.

Optional – Add the baking soda to make the mixture more light (porous). For the best result, cover your mixing bowl and leave your batter in the fridge for 30 minutes to rest. Take the batter out of fridge when you are ready to cook. If the mixture is too thick, add water or milk. If the mixture is too thin, add in flour. What you want is a pancake batter that pours like fresh cream.

Start cooking the pancakes by warming a non-stick pan over a medium heat. Coat the pan with a light cooking oil or butter (though butter does give a better tasting pancake, it just depends on how fattening you want them to be). Pour a couple of table spoons of the mixture onto the pan and spreak the mixture out evenly into small pancakes. Traditional blini are thin but this is personal preference. You should be able to fit 3 or 4 on a standard frying pan to make the process go faster. Each side should only take about a minute. When bubbles appear in the mixture or the centre of the uncooked side is dry, flip it over to finish it off.

Take your finished blini, butter one side and stack them on a warm plate while you cook the rest of the batch. Serve them by putting jam in the center and folding them. Fold them again to make a triangle. They are best enjoyed as an afternoon treat on a cold winter's day with a nice cup of tea. The tea should be black, no sugar and served with lemon. You can sweeten the tea with honey, but there will be plenty of sweetness in the blini.

Russian Salads

If you want to prepare a Russian salad, then forget about tossed lettuce, tomatoes and cucumber. Russia is a cold country, so hardy root vegetables tend to feature on the dinner table that delicate spring salads.

This is gives us the Russian salad – a salad with some grunt. A typical salad is the Dressed Herring Under Fur Salad.


2 salted herring

5 potatoes

4 carrots

4 beets

5 eggs

1 lb mayonnaise

Bring a large pot of unsalted to the boil and add the vegetables. Boil until soft, drain and set aside.

Sking and debone the herring. Dice the fish into small cubes about half an inch wide. Take a large serving bowl and spread the herring on the bottom. Cover with a thin layer of mayonnaise.

Take the potatoes and mash. Spread the potato as the second layer and cover with mayonaise. Repeat the process for the beets and 3 of the eggs. Finish the with slices of the 2 remaining eggs. Cover the bowl and put in the fridge for an hour before serving.

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