Saturday, March 10, 2007

"Boyarin" Salad

The name was given because this layered salad, after decorating, looks like an ancient "boyarin" cup. "Boyarin" means a most powerful duke or other highest noble, who decided, together with the Russian Tsar, most important political and economical tasks.
Traditionally, they sat in the a "Duma", the place where they congregated at and discoursed with the Tsar.

Ingredients for 4:

2 lb potatoes
1 lb boiled beef or chicken fillet
2-3 large shallot onions
1 can (about 1 ½ lb) salt mushrooms
5 hard-boiled eggs
Mayonnaise or mix of mayonnaise and sour cream on taste

Method:

Wash and boil potatoes. Peel and cool.
Boil meat (beef or chicken) with spices. Cool and cut into small pieces.
Peel onions, cut into small cubes, and fry until gold color (not brown!).
Clean and grate eggs.
Cut potatoes into thin slices (or into small pieces).

Put 1/5th of the potatoes in a salad bowl (or in a serving dish).
Sprinkle with mayonnaise.
Pour 1/5th of the meat pieces over potatoes evenly.
Cut salt mushrooms into small pieces.
Pour 1/5th of the mushrooms evenly, over the meat layer.
Pour 1/5th of the onion pieces evenly over the mushroom layer.
Wash with mayonnaise, and put the next layers: potatoes, mayo, meat, mushrooms, onions, eggs, and mayo.
Repeat 5 times. The top layer has to be potatoes.
Cover the dish with a lid, and place it in the refrigerator for at least 3 hours.
To serve, cut to round section of the salad (1/4/ 1/8 , for example – it depends your guests appetite).

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