Top 10 Traditional Russian Recipes

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  1. Easy Russian Pelmeni

This Russian Pelmeni recipe is one of the recipes that has been handed down in my family for generations and I am delighted to share this with you today. I love to make batches of these simple Russian pelmeni when I’ve had a busy day and I’m looking for some comfort food.

To make these easy Russian pelmeni, start by making the pelmeni dough. To make the filling, mix ground meat with grated onion and season with salt and pepper.

Ingredients for Pelmeni:

FOR THE PELMENI DOUGH:

  • 3 cups All-purpose flour
  • ⅔ cup Water
  • 3 Eggs
  • 1 tsp Salt

FOR THE PELMENI FILLING:

  • 2 lbs Ground meat
  • 1 large Onion
  • ½ tbsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Black pepper
  1. Solyanka (Russian Sour Soup with Mixed Meat)

This Solyanka (Russian Sour Soup with Mixed Meat) is a delicious thick spicy soup with origins in Russia and Ukraine. Solyanka comes from the Russian word for “salt” probably because of the addition of salty cured meats. For this solyanka recipe, you should use a selection of meats with a variety of textures and tastes. You could use bologna, smoked pork shoulder, smoked sausages or any of your favorite cured meats.

Ingredients for Solyanka:

FOR THE BEEF STOCK:

  • 2-3 lbs Lean beef
  • 1 Carrots
  • 1 rib Celery
  • 1 Onion
  • Dry spices

FOR SOLYANKA:

  • 1 Onion
  • 1 Carrots
  • 1 bunch Parsley
  • 1 can Diced tomatoes
  • 1 can Tomato juice
  • Smoked meats
  • 4 Pickles
  • ¼ cup Brine

SPICES COMBINED:

  • 1 tsp Ground paprika
  • 1 tsp Coriander
  • ½ tsp Black pepper
  • couple shakes Cayenne pepper
  • 10-15 Olives
  • Parsley

TO SERVE:

  • 1 Lemon
  • Sour cream
  1. Authentic Halupki

If you’re looking to cook something a little outside the box, try this Halupki recipe and you won’t be disappointed! Halu-what now I hear you say? Halupki, also known as Holubky (Stuffed Cabbage Rolls), is a dish from the Slovak region of Eastern Europe. The Halupkis, which are rolled cabbage leaves, are stuffed with deliciously flavored meat and rice and then baked in a rich tomato sauce. They are super tasty!

Ingredients for Halupki:

  • 1 1/2lbs Ground Beef
  • 1 1/2lbs Ground pork
  • 1 Cabbage
  • 1 1/2 cups White rice
  • 28oz Can crushed tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup Onion
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1/2 tsp Garlic powder
  • 1/4 cup White vinegar
  • 2 2/3 tbsp Sugar
  • 2 tbsp Parsley
  • 3/4 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Black pepper
  1. Farmer’s Cheese Pancakes (Syrniki)

These Farmer’s Cheese Pancakes (Syrniki) are delicious little pancakes made using fresh crumbly farmer’s cheese. Although farmer’s cheese is quite mild in flavor, it brings a richness to these pancakes which makes them taste absolutely delicious.

Start by making a batter from cheese, egg, flour, sugar, salt and baking powder. Make thick pancakes using your hands and place them into a hot oiled skillet one by one.

Ingredients for Syrniki:

  • 16 oz Farmer’s cheese
  • 1 Eggs
  • ⅓ cup All-purpose flour
  • 2 tbsp Sugar
  • ¼ tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Baking powder
  • Olive oil
  1. Classic Borscht Recipe (Beet Soup)

Classic Borscht Recipe (Beet Soup) is a vibrant soup with origins in Eastern Europe. It is made from beetroots which give it a bright red color. It’s like a bright bowl of fun in a bowl! This recipe uses zazharka which is like a mirepoix, a slow cooked mixture of vegetables like celery and onion.

Start this borscht by cooking up some beets. Then add broth, potato and carrots. Make the zazharka from onion, celery, bell pepper and ketchup. Finally, add the cannellini beans with their juice, bay leaves, white vinegar, salt, black pepper, garlic clove and chopped dill. Serve with a dollop of sour cream on top!

Ingredients for Classic Borscht Recipe (Beet Soup):

  • FOR THE BORSCHT:
  • 3 Beets
  • 2 tbsp Olive oil
  • 4 cups Chicken broth
  • 6 cups Water
  • 3 Potatoes
  • 2 Carrots
  • FOR THE ZAZHARKA:
  • 2 ribs Celery
  • 1 Red bell pepper
  • 1 Onion
  • 2 tbsp Olive oil
  • 4 tbsp Ketchup
  • ADDITIONAL FLAVORINGS:
  • 1 can White beans
  • 2 Bay leaf
  • 2-3 tbsp White vinegar
  • 1 tsp Sea salt
  • ¼ tsp Black pepper
  • 1 clove Garlic
  • 3 tbsp Dill
  1. Rassolnik (Beef, Barley and Pickle Soup)

Some evenings I don’t have the time to prepare long, thought out dinners and this Rassolnik (Beef, Barley and Pickle Soup), a traditional Russian soup, originating almost over 500 years ago, is a wonderful and easy way to get in all your vegetables and nutrients. I begin in the afternoon by chopping a variety of vegetables then add them to a pot of pre-boiled barley and lean beef bites, and season everything with tomato paste, dill, bay leaves and freshly ground black pepper. Leave to boil until you’re ready to serve and enjoy with some sour cream and fresh dill on top.

Ingredients for Rassolnik:

  • 12 cups Water
  • 1 lb Lean beef
  • 1/2 cup Pearl barley
  • ½ tbsp Salt
  • 3 Potatoes
  • 1 Carrots
  • 6 baby Pickles
  • 4 tbsp Olive oil
  • 1 Carrots
  • 1 Onion
  • 2 sticks Celery
  • 1 tbsp Tomato paste
  • 2 tbsp Dill
  • 2 Bay leaf
  • ½ tsp Black pepper

TO SERVE:

  • Sour cream
  • extra Dill
  1. Beef Stroganoff

This Beef Stroganoff recipe takes a bit of preparation and time, but it makes the best home cooked stroganoff I’ve ever tasted! Beef stroganoff has its origins in Russia, but it has become popular all around the world and it is not hard to see why! It is a decadent buttery stew made with beef, onions, mushrooms, mustard, sour cream and white wine.

Ingredients for Beef Stroganoff:

  • 2 pounds Beef
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Black pepper
  • 4 oz Butter
  • 4 Green onion
  • 4 tbsp All-purpose flour
  • 10,5 oz Beef broth
  • 1 tbsp Mustard
  • 6 oz Mushrooms
  • 1/3 cup Sour cream
  • 1/3 cup White wine
  1. Okroshka – Russian Summer Soup

Feel no guilt with this Russian inspired Okroshka, most commonly described as a light and cool, cold Summer soup. Using a sour cream base seasoned with salt and vinegar and filled with chopped dill, green onion and diced ham, cooked potatoes, hard-boiled eggs and cucumbers for some crunch. It’s absolutely fabulous and all your easy to make family dinner needs.

Ingredients for Okroshka:

  • 8 cups cold Water
  • ⅓ cup Sour cream
  • 3 tbsp White vinegar
  • 2 tsp Salt
  • 3 tbsp Dill
  • ½ cup Green onion
  • ½ lb Ham
  • 5 medium Potatoes
  • 3 Eggs
  • 4 Cucumbers
  1. Shuba (Fur Coat Salad)

Shuba (Fur Coat Salad) is a layered salad whose primary ingredient is herring. In Russian, shuba is a fur or fur-lined overcoat or cloak. So this dish is known as herring under a fur coat! It consists of layers of diced pickled herring, grated boiled vegetables, chopped onions and mayonnaise. It is most commonly eaten at Christmas or New Year but I like to make it in summer too!

Ingredients for Shuba (Fur Coat Salad):

  • 3 Potatoes
  • 3 Beets
  • 3 Carrots
  • 1 Onion
  • 1 lb Herring
  • 1 cup Mayonnaise
  1. 10.Russian Honey Cake (Medovik)

Medovik is a Russian Honey Cake which consists of several layers of a honey flavored sponge cake with a sour cream filling, decorated with breadcrumbs and topped with fresh berries. The cake’s main ingredient is honey which gives it an amazing flavor.

To make this cake, I start with a dough which I divide into 8 pieces. I roll each piece out flat and cut them into perfect circles. Bake in the oven. Use the scraps of dough to make breadcrumbs and save them for decorating. Make a filling from cream, powdered sugar and sour cream.

Ingredients for Russian Honey Cake (Medovik):

  • 4 tbsp Honey
  • ¾ cup Granulated sugar
  • 2 tbsp Unsalted butter
  • 3 Large eggs
  • 1 tsp Baking soda
  • 3 cups All-purpose flour

FOR THE SOUR CREAM FROSTING:

  • 32 oz Sour cream
  • 2 cups Powdered sugar
  • 1 cup Heavy whipping cream

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