Saturday, January 20, 2007

Traditional Russian Hot Pot


1.5 lb beef
2.5 lb potatoes
2 large shallot onions
1 cup broth
1 cup sour cream
2 tbsp white wine
4 tbsp butter
Dill and parsley greens
2 bay leaves
Salt and pepper on taste


Peel potatoes, cut into medium cubes, and fry with 1 tbsp butter for 5-7 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Peel onions, cut into rings, and fry with 1 tbsp butter for 3-5 minutes.
Cut beef into medium cubes, and fry with 1 tbsp butter for 5 – 7 minutes, turning occasionally.
Put the meat, the potatoes, and the onions into pots, add salt and peppers, put bay leaves on, pour the broth over it, cover with lids, and place in an oven.
Cook in an oven for 30 minutes.
After that, add the wine into the pots, and cook for 3 minutes more.
Take pots out, take off the lids, pour the sour cream on top, and sprinkle with greens.
Serve immediately.


A Russian oven (unknown in the Europe) allows for cooking plenty of dishes in pots, and the above recipe is just the most traditional and simplest one.


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