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Recipe from Russia: Crumbed Cauliflower…

While I personally do not call this a Russian recipe. (I do not say that too loud here in Russia though.) They (Russians) seem to think that all food started in Russia and if you have served it before and are not Russian, you just copied it from the Russians… :)

I have to attest that I have seen this recipe at many restaurants and such in Russia and Russians love their cauliflower made this way. I am starting to see a pattern in Russian food and what I see goes like this: Food is (has) not always (been) plentiful and what you do have as food has got to be nutritious and simple. High calories are a main stay in foods and that seems to be in line with my thinking’s. Portions are not big and what you do eat has to be enough to survive on, until the next meal, if it comes. You also have to make do with what you personally have on hand and raise / grow…

So lets make Crumbled Cauliflower from the basic that you would have on hand at home…

Ingredients:

1 fresh cauliflower (about 450g) broken or cut up into small pieces…
Salt for boiling purposes…
8 tbsp. + Butter for frying…
2 Eggs, lightly beaten until even colored…
70g Fresh Breadcrumbs very finely crumbled…

Instructions:

1. Bring a large sauce pan of salted water to a boil…

2. Add cauliflower to the salted boiling water, return to a boil then reduce the heat and simmer uncovered, for 10-15 minutes until slightly tender. Drain very well and pat dry with kitchen paper. Cauliflower should be rubbery…

3. Melt the butter and oil in a large frying skillet. Dip the cauliflower pieces first in the beaten eggs and then in the breadcrumbs, if not covered well repeat the process…

4. Then saute in the hot butter for 2-3 minutes on each side, or until golden brown, adding more butter as needed.

5. Serve immediately as they are really yummy and so simple to make and serves around 4 people. Be prepared though, your family will munch these up as fast as you fry them… :)

So that is how you make Crumbed Cauliflower a Russian way and style…

Kyle Keeton
Windows to Russia!

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