Russian Holiday Dishes

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Russian Holiday Dishes

On the eve before New Year’s Day, the whole family gathers together to celebrate. The New Year’s celebration  is a very important holiday for each member of both Russian and Ukrainian families. It should come as no surprise that such a holiday has its own traditional dishes. A typical Russian holiday table setting is always full of incredibly creative dishes. A great variety of appetizers and entrees won’t leave anybody indifferent. Warm atmosphere, hospitality and love will complete the picture of Russian holiday dinner.

You will be wondering, “What are these delicious dishes that Russians loved to cook and eat?” Well, let’s start with appetizers:

First and foremost, there is the most famous of the Russian dishes, “Salade Olivier”, which our blog has covered in a previous article.  Even though it was named after the acclaimed French chef,  Lucien Olivier, Russians consider it to be traditional Russian salad.  It is a definite must-try if and when you happen to be visiting visiting Russia or Ukraine.

Next would be the “Herring In A Fur Coat” (Selyodka Pod Shuboy) One of the most interesting Russian traditional salads, it is a mix of many different ingredients.


  •     10 tablespoons sour cream
  •     10 tablespoons mayonnaise
  •     1 teaspoon black pepper
  •     1 lb salted herring fillet, diced
  •     1 large onion, finely sliced
  •     3 medium potatoes, boiled and finely grated
  •     3 medium carrots, boiled and finely grated
  •     3 medium beets, root boiled and finely grated
  •     2 hard-boiled eggs, finely chopped


  1. Stir the sour cream, mayonaisse, and black pepper together.
  2. Layer the fish and vegetable ingredients in a deep dish with a few spoonfuls of the cream and mayonaisse mixture between each layer. It is recommended that you keep the layers in the following order: herring (retain a few pieces for garnishing), onion, potato, carrot, beet root.
  3. Garnish with chopped egg and herring pieces. Chill and serve.


Christmas Duck

  • 1 ea duck.
  • Marinade:.
  • 100 g cowberry jam.
  • 5 ea cloves.
  • Salt.
  • Ground pepper.


  1. Grease the duck with the marinade and leave for 2 hours.
  2. Then put it in a stewing-dish. Don’t add any fat, as duck itself contains a lot of it.
  3. Cook for 2 hours on average heat until brown color.

Cabbage Rolls


  • Cabbage – 1 head
  • Ground beef – 1.5 lbs
  • Egg – 1
  • Onion – 2 big (sweet)
  • Ketchup – 2 cups
  • Salt – 2 tsp
  • Pepper – 1/2 tsp
  • Vegetable oil – 2 tbsp
  • Sour cream – optional for serving


  1. Boil cabbage, take the center out and divide into leaves. Leave 3 cups cabbage liquid. Mix meat with salt, pepper, egg, finely chopped onion (1), and ketchup (1 cup).
  2. Add the mixture into the center of a cabbage leaf, roll the cabbage leaf, repeat until you are out of meat, put the rolls in a pan, add 3 cups of cabbage liquid (left over from cabbage boiling), and boil for 1 hr. If you have any cabbage left, you may add it on top of cabbage rolls.
  3. Meanwhile, fry 1 finely chopped onion without oil on high for 5 min, add 1 cup of ketchup and sauté with ketchup until soft (~ 15 min).
  4. After cabbage rolls have been boiling for an hour, add onions with ketchup to cabbage rolls and boil another 30 min.
  5. Serve with sour cream (optional)

Here are some recipes from Russian cuisine.If you are visiting your Russian bride during Holidays, you will try all of these dishes. There are no doubts you going to like it.

приятного аппетита | Enjoy your meal!

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