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December , 2013

Food & Travel | Russia

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Russian cuisine is a collection of the different cooking traditions of the Russian people. The cuisine is diverse, as Russia is by area the largest country in the world. Russian cuisine derives its varied character from the vast and multi-cultural expanse of Russia. Moreover, it is necessary to divide Russian traditional cuisine and Soviet cuisine, which has its own peculiarity. Its foundations were laid by the peasant food of the rural population in an often harsh climate, with a combination of plentiful fish, poultry, game, mushrooms, berries, and honey. Crops of rye, wheat, barley and millet provided the ingredients for a plethora of breads, pancakes, cereals, beer and vodka. Soups and stews full of flavor are centered on seasonal or storable produce, fish and meats. This wholly native food remained the staple for the vast majority of Russians well into the 20th century.

Russia’s great expansions of culture, influence, and interest during the 16th–18th centuries brought more refined foods and culinary techniques, as well as one of the most refined food countries in the world. It was during this period that smoked meats and fish, pastry cooking, salads and green vegetables, chocolate, ice cream, wines, and juice were imported from abroad. At least for the urban aristocracy and provincial gentry, this opened the doors for the creative integration of these new foodstuffs with traditional Russian dishes. The result is extremely varied in technique, seasoning, and combination.

 Few Russian Cuisine

Borsch (Russian Beet and Beef Soup)
Borsch
This soup is actually incredibly healthy and good for you, filled with cheap and healthy root vegetables like beets and carrots and a sprinkle of fresh parsley on top.

Solyanka (Russian Salted Meat Soup)
Solyanka
This soup is full of flavor: sour, spicy, and filling. It can be made with meat, fish, or mushrooms.

Shashlik
Shashlik
Russian lamb kebab with tomato-prune sauce.

Syrniki
Syrniki
It’s like a cheese-filled pancake.

Russian Cucumber & Radish Salad
Russian Cucumber & Radish Salad
Thinly sliced cucumber and radishes mixed with spring green onions, sour cream, and fresh dill.

Borscht
Borscht
Beef and beet soup.

Olivier Salad
Olivier Salad
Russian potato salad named after the French Chef, M. Olivier who created it.

Honey Poppy Seed Roll
Honey Poppy Seed Roll
Great for Russian tea.

Golubtsy
Golubtsy
Ground beef mixed with boiled rice or buckwheat wrapped in cabbage leaves.

Rassolnik
Rassolnik
Beef, barley, and pickle soup.

Klotski
Klotski
Potato dumplings in chicken broth.

Piroshki
Piroshki
Stuffed bread. This one has roasted onions, caraway seeds, and Swiss cheese.

Beef Stroganoff
Beef Stroganoff
Beef and mushroom stew over egg noodles.

Sbiten
Sbiten
Mulled honey drink.

Roasted Marrow Bones
Roasted Marrow Bones
On toast with onion-capers salad.

Vodka, Vodka, Vodka
Vodka
Recipe for Tolstoy Tang, Moscow Mule, and Mango Siberian Sunrise.