Tuesday, April 3, 2012

What's for supper?

I often get asked what the food is like in Russia. My goal is to share different recipes with you over time in a tab I just added. I really hope you all enjoy this! If you cook this, let me know what you think. By the way, I sauted some garlic in the cabbage and onion. The crust is delicious!

Meat and Cabbage Pie

1 head of cabbage (small to medium)
1 medium onion
4 large eggs, hard boiled
1 lb ground beef
Other spices

-If you live in countries where pie crust is sold in supermarkets, get 2 9" round crusts.
-If you are making the crust yourself, here are the ingredients for the dough:

2 1/2 cups of flour
1 teaspoon of sugar
1 teaspoon of salt
1 cup of unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup of ice cold water

Filling: Finely cut the cabbage and onion. Heat up a large skillet with 2 tablespoons of oil; when it is hot add chopped onion; saute the onion until golden brown; then add cabbage and cook on medium heat for 15-20 minutes or until golden in color and soft in consistency. Simultaneously, in a separate skillet brown the groud beef. Boil and chop the eggs. When everything is ready, mix the cabbage, meat, and chopped eggs together; add salt and other spices. Your filling is ready!

Crust: In a large bowl thoroughly mix together flour, salt, and sugar. Then add butter. Begin chopping the fat/butter with a pastry blender or fork. When you are done, the mixture should be a coarse consistency; dry and powdery. Then drizzle over the mixture 1/3 cup of ice cold water. Mix dough until evenly moistened and begins to form small balls. Press down on the dough. If the balls of dough stick together, you have added enough water; if they do not, drizzle the dough with 1 to 2 tablespoons of ice cold water. Continue to mix the dough first with the spatula, then with your hands until it coheres. The dough should look rough, not smooth. Divide the dough in half; press each half into a round flat disk, wrap in plastic and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before rolling. When your dough is ready to roll, roll out 2 9-inch rounds. Place one crust on the bottom of a 9-inch pie pan; press the dough over the bottom and into the corners of the pan. Transfer the filling into the pan. Place the second crust on top and seal the sides. Before baking, cut 4 ventilation holes on the top crust of your pie. Bake at 350F for 20-30 minutes or until golden. When done, let the pie sit for a few minutes before serving. Enjoy!


  1. Мы с сыном прочитали Ваш рецепт. Фото ему очень понравилось, он попросил приготовить ему такой пирог. Теперь у нас будет такое развлечение, сначала мы как следует будем переводить текст на русский язык, потом готовить пирог. Получится урок английского языка для моего ребенка. Спасибо за подробное описание рецепта.

    1. Спасибо за комментарий. Мне очень приятно, что вам понравилось.