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Saturday, 1 January 2011

1 January 2011. “Proshu k Stolu!” That’s “Good Eats” in Russian… A Remarkable Salad

Filed under: domestic life,food and cooking,Russian — 01varvara @ 00.00

Several years ago, my wife was given this recipe. She immediately tried it out, and was pleasantly surprised with the results. Since New Year’s is just around the corner, here’s an opportunity to surprise your guests.

You’ll need:

  • 4 Tangerines (trust me; you can use canned mandarin orange segments… gowan… I won’t tell anybody… I promise)
  • 100 grammes (4 ounces) Cheese… use a semi-hard, not soft, variety, such as the Tilsit illustrated. You could substitute Emmentaler (Swiss), Gruyère, or Cheddar for the Tilsit.
  • 2 large cloves Garlic
  • 15 millilitres (1 tablespoon) Mayonnaise

The ingredients are truly at your discretion.

Peel the tangerines, cleaning off as much of the white membranes as you can, and cut them into slices. Mince the garlic with a knife… don’t use a garlic press. Minced garlic is far preferable for this recipe.

Next, slice the cheese into small cubes, approximately 5 × 5 millimetres. Grated cheese is NOT suitable for this dish, it turns the salad into a goopy and soggy mess (matchstick is shown to represent the size of the cheese cubes).

Mix together the tangerine slices and the minced garlic.

Add the cheese cubes and mix them in thoroughly.

Then, add about a tablespoon of mayonnaise and mix it well to combine the ingredients. Cover the salad, and let it rest for at least 30 minutes. Then, you can bring it to table and serve it.

You can do many things with this versatile recipe… you could serve it on lettuce leaves… or, you could serve it in tartlet shells… use pomegranate seeds as a garnish… strew over broken walnuts, filberts, or pecans as garniture… add drained canned corn… add raisins to the salad mixture… add cooked shrimp or cold shredded roast beef… use your noggin… it’s what God gave it to you for!

Приятного аппетита. Bon appétit.

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