Russian Salad Stolichny, Almost Olivier

Famous Russian salad Olivier’s cheaper variation is called Stolichny Salad (Capital Salad or Moscow Salad). Recipe was partly stealed, partly invented by Olivier’s ex-sous-chefs, Ivan Ivanov in the restaurant Moskva in Soviet Russia times.

The most important difference between the salad Olivier and the Capital salad now – meat component. Olivier salad most often contain beef (or most cheaper bologna), Capital Salad contain chicken meat. Some argue that in the Capital salad cucumbers should be fresh, not pickled (like it’s Summer version of Olivier, also known like Winter Salad – hope that nobody has tangled between the names of salads), others say that there are no carrots at all, some say about additional tomato sauce in dressing (yeah, sort of Russian Dressing), some insist that there must be crabmeat.

So my version has same ingredients as Olivier Salad, but  I used chicken breast.

P. S. To tell the truth, I made this salad just because I had to much homemade mayo in my fridge. I’m not a big fan of this type of meal. But it’s still Russian classic, so let it be.

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Beef Liver Cake with Caramelized Onion and Creamy Cauliflower Sauce

I made an interesting new recipe – creamy cauliflower sauce or “new Alfredo sauce”. I already made Cauliflower Puree and Potato and Cauliflower Mash before, but never thought about sauce.

Part of it was served with yesterday dinner – millet blini with creamy cauliflower and mushroom sauce. But another part went to this savory cake (like Russian Beef Liver Cake, but more healthy). I know, that many people don’t like beef liver smell, we’re ok with it, but for experiment, I added some caramelized onion into batter and taste of cooked pancakes became much better.

Recipe of cauliflower sauce adapted from Pinch Of Yum.

Beef Liver Cake with Caramelized Onion and Creamy Cauliflower Sauce

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Oat Flour Crepes with Pineapple Jam and Ricotta Filling

Yep, it’s still Maslenitsa – Pancake Week for Russians. We’re trying to put out Winter. Some help is sure welcome.

Sweet things today – crepes or blinchiki with oat flour and ricotta and pineapple jam filling. Very good dessert combination.

I’m not very good with pancake folding, as you can see, but here is the rules:
– for stuffing much better to use denser blinchiki  but not yeast blini with many holes;
– place pancake more browned side up (often the side, which was cooked first) then filling;
– don’t try to add too much filling, it’s not working this way;
– lightly brown stuffed pancakes just before serving (the best – with a little knob of unsalted butter).

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Russian Beets (Pink) Thin Pancakes or Svekolnie Blinchiki

Yeah, it’s officially pink. Still plain and tasty crepes/pancakes/blinchiki to celebrate Russian Carnival – Maslenitsa. Served with chopped pickled herring and boiled eggs. It has not very strong beets smell so some seasoning will be great – garlic and thyme for savory and cinnamon and vanilla for sweet variation.

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Russian Maslenitsa Started Today

Throughout their life, so calm, so peaceful, 

sweet old tradition was preserved:
for them, in Butterweek the greaseful,
Russian pancakes were always served

These words are from poem Eugene Onegin by Alexander Pushkin (tr.Ch.Johnston), the most famous Russian poet. Pushkin is our everything, they say. He is just under our skin.

Butterweek here means Maslenitsa – Russian almost-spring carnival, like Mardi Gras. The week before Lent. The name of the festival has its roots in the word “maslo” – butter. But most popular food is blini – round shaped (like Sun!) thin pancakes or crepes. I love to make it, and always try to find something new. Here they are.

1Gluten, dairy and nuts free crepes 2Beer Batter Crepes – Blinchiki na Pive 3Russian Crepes on Sparkling Water–Blinchiki na Gazirovannoy Vode

4Honey Crepes with Mango for One 5Crepe Cake with Apple Cream Filling and Meringue Top 6Stuffed Crepe Triangles – Benderiki

7 Tomato or V8 Crepes 8Baked Crepe Casserole with Cabbage and Mushrooms Fillings 9Chicken and Spinach Crepes

10Basic Crêpes11Dutch Coffee Bacon Pancakes   Polderkoek or Pannenkoek12Crêpe with egg and ham

13Basic Crêpes 14Basic Crêpes 15Basic Crêpes

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1. Gluten, dairy and nuts free crepes  2. Beer Batter Crepes – Blinchiki na Pive 3. Russian Crepes on Sparkling Water–Blinchiki na Gazirovannoy Vode  4. Honey Crepes with Mango for One  5. Crepe Cake with Apple-Cream Filling and Meringue Top  6. Stuffed Crepe Triangles – Benderiki  7. Tomato or V8 Crepes 8. Baked Crepe Casserole with Cabbage and Mushrooms Fillings  9. Chicken and Spinach Crepes 10. Basic Crêpes with smoked salmon  11. Dutch Coffee Bacon Pancakes – Polderkoek or Pannenkoek 12. Crêpe with egg and ham 13.Oat Flour Crepes with Pineapple Jam and Ricotta Filling 14.Cheesecake Crepe Cake with Cherry Sauce 15.Apple Crepe Cake with Meringue and Caramel Top 16.Baked Crepes with Spinach and Ricotta Filling 17.Apple Crepe Loaf Cake 18.Russian Beets (Pink) Thin Pancakes or Svekolnie Blinchiki