In honor of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, we invite you to get in the spirit of the games with these Russian recipes and foods that are inspired by Mother Russia.
Potato Blini with Sour Cream and Caviar
These tiny potato pancakes marry perfectly with sour cream and caviar and make an easy yet elegant appetizer.
To make these easy, stylish appetizers, use domestic red, black, or golden caviar or fish roe, or some of each, for visual contrast.
Pelmeni, available frozen at Russian markets, are meat dumplings, usually served boiled in a brothy soup. Frying them in butter turns them into perfect cocktail nibbles.
Sour Cream and Caviar Topped Purple Potatoes
This quick and colorful appetizer calls for Peruvian purple potatoes, which are topped with sour cream and caviar.
There are many different versions of borscht, a reddish-purple Russian soup traditionally made from beetroot. For this creamy version, puree a mixture of beets, celery root, parsnips, and red cabbage.
Spiced Beet and Carrot Soup
This creamy beet soup features apple and carrot in addition to the beets and gets its spicy flavor from garam masala, a spice blend that is common in Indian foods.
Sweet-and-Sour Beet, Cabbage, and Tomato Soup
This soup may be familiar as the Polish and Russian soup called borscht. Serve it either hot or cold. Substitute celery for celeriac, if you prefer.
Sausage and Cabbage Soup
This hearty meal-in-a-bowl is packed with sausage, potato, cabbage, carrot and onion and flavored with wheat beer and a mixture of savory spices.
Stroganoff is a Russian dish of sautéed pieces of beef served in a sour cream sauce over noodles. This dish has become popular all over the world and has a number of variations. It’s often served over rice as well as noodles.
Pasta with Vodka Cream Sauce
Vodka is not just for cocktails. In this pasta dish, the vodka is used to add a subtle flavor to the creamy tomato sauce.
In this hearty slow-cooker recipe, pork, cabbage, sauerkraut, and rice blend perfectly together to create a well-balanced entrée.
Gravlax with Russian Salad
Gravlax is raw salmon that’s cured in salt, sugar and dill. The salmon is served alongside a salad of chopped beets, potato, cauliflower and green beans for a hearty one-dish meal.
Open-Faced Roast Beef Sandwiches with Braised Cabbage Slaw & Russian Dressing
There’s probably nothing really Russian about the dressing, other than the name, but it’s a creamy combination of mayonnaise, yogurt, horseradish and ketchup. In this recipe, the dressing is served with an open-faced roast beef sandwich topped with a tangy cabbage slaw.
Sour Cream Babka
Russian immigrants gloried in Easter babkas - enriched yeast breads studded with dried fruits and nuts. For a more traditional babka, omit the amaretto and use dried sour cherries and candied cherries in place of cranberries and raisins.
Chocolate vodka is reported to be a typical Russian dessert offering. This martini uses vanilla-flavored vodka with added chocolate syrup and dark chocolate liqueur.
White Russian Frosting
A White Russian cocktail is typically made with vodka, coffee liqueur and cream. This creamy frosting version of the cocktail contains coffee liqueur but no vodka. Use it to frost a layer cake or cupcakes, either vanilla or chocolate.
These light, sweet meringue clouds with fresh fruit filling are named after the Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova.