Russian Cuisine

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Hello Everyone! Welcome to another time on Gourmetguide234.com!

Still in the mood of the ongoing world cup, who watched the match between France and Belgium? Well I didn’t because I was held in traffic, got home and was told Umtiti nodded in the only goal of the game.

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Congratulations to France for qualifying for the world cup finals.

The same applies to Croatia! Their 2 – 1  win over England has also qualified them for the finals of the World Cup!

Mario Mandzukic of Croatia scores past England keeper Jordan Pickford.

Well, did anyone noticed how our very own Super Eagles players came back from Russia and were looking like freshly baked bread?

I guess I know the secret……….. they had an handful of the delicious Russian cuisine!

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Well, there are so many Russian Food!

But today,  we will talk about one of Russia’s delicacy called KNISH pronounced as /knɪʃ/!

KNISH

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THIS LOOKS YUMMY!!!!!

Knish is mashed potatoes, onions, ground beef and cheese filled inside a thick dough pastry and either deep fried or baked.

knish can be round, rectangular or square. They may be entirely covered in dough or some of the fillings may peek out at the top.

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INGREDIENTS

For the Filling:

  • 4 large onions sliced
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 1/2 lbs. russet (baking) potatoes
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup chopped parsley
  • 1 teaspoon salt or to taste
  • Freshly ground pepper to taste

For the Dough:

  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil plus additional for rolling the dough
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour

Method

  • Slowly cook the onions in the oil in a skillet, covered, over a low heat.
  • Let the onions “sweat” for about 20 minutes, or until they are soft.
  • Then remove the cover and fry over a medium heat until golden brown.
  • Don’t drain.
  • Meanwhile peel the potatoes and cut them in half.
  • Put them in a large pot filled with cold water and salt to taste.
  • Bring to a boil, then turn the heat down, and cook until soft, about 15 minutes.
  • Drain and cool for 5 minutes.
  • Mash the potatoes and add the egg, the parsley, salt, and pepper.
  • Add the onions with the oil and mix well with your hands.
  • Set aside while preparing the dough.
  • Beat the eggs and reserve about 1 tablespoon of egg for the glaze. 
  • Mix the rest with the oil, water, vinegar, and salt.
  • Add the flour gradually, beating first with a spoon and eventually your hands as you knead the dough.
  • Continue to add enough flour to make a smooth dough.
  • Shape into 4 balls and allow to rest, covered with a cloth, about a half hour to relax the gluten.
  • Roll each ball of dough out as thin as possible into a flat rectangle.
  • Flour well and place between 2 sheets of waxed paper.
  • Allow to sit for about 15 minutes.
  • Using your hands carefully stretch each rectangle as thin as possible, about 12 to 14 inches long by 4 to 5 inches wide.
  • Spread one quarter of the filling (about 1 1/2 cups) onto approximately one third of the dough, leaving a 1-inch border.
  • Holding onto the waxed paper, roll up the dough like a jelly roll, brushing oil across the top a couple of times as you roll.
  • Using the side of your hand like a knife, divide the roll into 2-inch knishes.
  • Then pinch the open ends shut.
  • Repeat with the remaining balls and dough.
  • Place the knishes, flat side down, on a greased cookie sheet, leaving a 2-inch space between each. You will have to bake in batches.
  • Mix the reserved tablespoon of egg with a little water.
  • Brush the tops with the egg wash and bake in a preheated 375-clegree oven for 25 to 30 minutes or until golden brown.

Here you go…….. Don’t sleep on it, have a nice time trying out this delicious meal.

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And get ready to relish other Russian delicacies in subsequent posts!

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