Thursday, November 06, 2008

Chicken Kotleti ( Russian Burgers)

Have you seen recipes for chipotle-and-sun-dried-tomato meatloaf? How about Gruyère- and-truffle-oil macaroni and cheese? This is one of those recipes--an old-school, plain Jane dish made sexier with unusual ingredients.

Kotleti are Russian pan-fried hamburgers, usually served with sides like rice or potatoes (never on a bun). They’re no-frills, everyday food that I’ve never much liked. However, I did like this recipe on the new (to me) blog Mango and Tomato. The Russian-born writer made Asian-inspired chicken kotleti with water chestnuts, ginger, soy sauce and cilantro. I followed her example and made chicken kotleti with feta cheese, parsley and scallions, and served them with sautéed spinach instead of starchy sides.

Method:

Mix 1 pound ground chicken (or turkey, beef or lamb) with: 2 eggs, a small handful finely-chopped parsley, 3 tbs. chopped scallions, a large, finely chopped garlic clove, ¼ cup breadcrumbs and 3 tbs. feta. Season well with salt and pepper.

Divide the mixture into 6-8 patties, and sprinkle lightly with flour. Heat up some oil (I used sunflower) in a non-stick pan, then fry the burgers until done, flipping them several times. If using chicken or turkey, be careful not to overcook. My chicken burgers took less than five minutes to cook.

5 comments:

Olga said...

Hi!
Thank you so much for visiting my blog and writing about one of my recipes! Hope you liked how they turned out.

Please visit again.

shushka said...

I love kotleti! I think chicken tastes the best, but my future mother-in-law swears by pork.

I just got a food grinder attachment for my KitchenAid mixer (very fun!), so I think I'll be making some very soon :)

Yulinka said...

Olga-I'll be stopping by. :)

Shushka--I like turkey best--it has a nice, mild flavor, and it's nice as dry as chicken.

adele said...

Oooh. This sounds interesting... it goes on the infinitely long to-do list. :)

shushka said...

I never thought to use turkey! great idea!!

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