Monday, September 16, 2013

Recipe: Russian Kotlety

As you know, I am going away on business this week, so of course, I have to stock the fridge for my lovely husband [not that he isn’t capable of cooking himself]. But, it is a nice thing to do and I really do not mind, especially when the mood to cook strikes. So, I was cooking up a storm this weekend, from pot roast, fried mushrooms, roasted potatoes, and kotlety – you’d think I was going away for a month, not just a few days. Anyhow, this recipe below is pretty much a staple of convenient Russian comfort food, and it was one of my personal favorites growing up. This is quite similar to the familiar meatballs, less the sauce, and I hope you give it a try.

Russian Kotlety
Servings 4

1 lb ground beef
½ medium onion, minced
1 egg
Salt and pepper

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

In a large bowl, mix together ground beef, minced onion, and an egg. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Then, with your hands, form the meat mixture into four oval shaped patties. Dredge the patties in breadcrumbs, on all sides.

In a large skillet, heat olive oil. Fry kotlety until golden brown on each side (don’t worry if they are not cooked through yet). Transfer kotlety into an oven safe dish, laying them side by side, and cover with foil. Continue cooking in the oven for another 20 minutes.

*If you’d like to get creative, you can stuff the patties, with mushrooms, cheese, hardboiled egg, or any other ingredient you might like.

Serve and enjoy!

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