January 18, 2015

Mama's potato salad.

I found the recipe in "Eating Well Recipe Rescue" book. In most cases we have all ingredients at home and can make wonderful salad in a minutes. It's quite delicious and nutritious, especially in a winter.

Mama's potato salad.

Serves 6

1 + 1/2 lbs. new potatoes, scrubbed and quartered
salt to taste
1/4 cup low-far buttermilk
2 Tbsp. reduced-fat mayonnaise
2 tsp American style yellow mustard
1 hard-boiled egg, peeled and chopped
1/4 cup finely chopped green or red bell peppers
2 Tbsp finely chopped celery
2 Tbsp finely chopped onions
1-2 finely chopped pickles
fresh ground black pepper to taste

In a medium-sized saucepan, cover potatoes with 5 cups water, season with salt and bring to boil. Cook until tender, about 10 minutes. Drain and let cool.

In a large bowl, stir together buttermilk, mayonnaise, mustard, egg, bell peppers, celery, onions and pickles. Add potatoes and toss gently. Season with salt and pepper. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving.

Картофельный салат

На 6 порций

750 грамм молодого картофеля, почищенного и нарезанного на большие куски
соль по вкусу
1/4 чашки кефира
2 столовых ложки майонеза
2 чайные ложки американской горчицы
1 круто сваренное яйцо, очищенное и мелко порезанное
1/2 чашки мелко нарезанного зеленого или красно перца
2 столовых ложки мелко нарезанного сельдерея
2 столовые ложки мелко нарезанного лука
1-2 небольших соленых огурца, мелко нарезанного
перец по вкусу

В небольшую кастрюлю выложить картофель и залить 5 чашками воды. Посолить и довести до кипения. Варить 10 минут. Снать с огня и отведить воду. Дать картофель остыть.

В большой посуде смешать кефир, майонез, горчицу, яйцо, перец, сельдерей, лук и соленые огурцы. Добавить картофель и все перемешать. Попробывать на соль. Если нужно досолить и поперчить. Поставить в холодильник хотя бы на 1 час.

January 02, 2015

Puff snails with chicken filling

Puff snails with chicken filling

Makes 16 medium snails

1 package puff pastry dough (2 sheets)
sea salt for sprinkling

Chicken filling:

8 drumsticks with skin on
400 gramm fresh chicken liver
3 medium onions divided, thinly sliced
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 egg
salt, pepper to taste

Cleaned and wash chicken liver very well. Put chicken liver into boiling water and simmer for 20-25 minutes until it's ready. Drain water and cool off the liver. In another pot, boil chicken drumsticks for 30 to 40 minutes.

Heat a saute pan with the olive oil. Add slices from 2 onions to olve oil and saute until onion is soft, but not browned. Add a little bit of salt.

Prepare food processor. Add chicken liver, meat from drumsticks and soft onion. Finally add slices from 3-rd onion and process until smooth. Add egg. Taste for salt and pepper. If you need, add it. Divide filling into 16 equal parts.

Defrost puff pastry shells at room temperature for 30 minutes. Cut each sheet of the dough into 8 stripes 3cm x 35cm each one. Roll out each stripe to make wider, about 6 cm. Place one portion of the filling. Pinch the long sides and fold like snail. Place on baking sheet, sprinkle with sea salt. Chill in refrigerator for 30-40 mintues.

Preheat oven to 400F. Bake pastries for 15-17 minutes or until pastries turn lightly golden brown.  Do not open the oven for the first 15 minutes of baking, pastries will not rise to full potential.