Since the 18th century, potatoes have been known as the “second bread” in Russia. Usually, potatoes are a supplement to various soup and salad dishes. However, as we know that many dishes are made from potatoes. Below are 7 Russian dishes made from potatoes.
This pancake is made from grated potatoes, onions, eggs, and flour. This cake is usually served hot with sour cream. You can also add minced meat or mashed pumpkin to the dough – it tastes delicious!
2. Zapekanka potatoes
Russians have eaten this dish since kindergarten. Zapekanka can be made from potato slices or mashed potatoes. Popular types are Zapekanka with minced meat and finely ground onions that are put between two layers of mashed potatoes and then baked in the oven. As always, serve the dish with sour cream.
Shangi is a type of pastry cake from the Ural Mountains with a filling usually made of potatoes, eggs, and butter. This round cake is even given to children in kindergarten.
4. Mashed potato
Mashed potatoes are a classic dish. This is the main side dish in student canteens and at every dinner party. In Russia, people usually add a little butter and warm milk to mashed potatoes so that the color does not turn gray, while the potatoes themselves are crushed with a mash, not a blender.
5. Salad potatoes with onions
Potato salad is not only present in American and German dishes, but also Russian dishes (though not too common). Kniga o vkusnoi I zdorovoi pishche (Book of Delicious and Healthy Soviet Dishes) recommends making potato salad as follows: prepare diced boiled potatoes with a mixture of vegetable oil and a little vinegar, then sprinkle dill leaves, parsley, leeks, salt, and pepper. This salad is served with meat or fish, or as a separate dish.
6. French fries with mushrooms
This dish is best served with freshly picked mushrooms. To make it, there are some secrets you need to know. First, wash the sliced potatoes in cold water to remove starch or flour. This is done so that the potato slices do not stick together when cooked. Then, don’t fry the potatoes at once – fry them little by little. Avoid closing the pan and don’t stir too often. Finally, cook the mushrooms and slice the onions separately, then pour over the cooked potatoes.
7. Vareniki with potatoes
This is a traditional dish that is common in Slavic cuisine. If you feel this food is similar to Italian ravioli, you are not mistaken. Vareniki are served with fried onions, sour cream, and herbs or cut butter. The main secret of this simple dish is its flexible dough, which does not break when cooked and does not crack when frozen.