Russian Zakuski / закуски Recipe: Meatballs Braised in Sour Cream

The Russians are not commonly famed for their cuisine yet the nation boasts some fantastic dishes.  In my opinion, the simple are always the best and I love these Russian beef meatballs braised in sour cream which would make up a zakuski board for guests upon arrival.  They are very easy to make, though they do require some time as it is best to chill them thoroughly before cooking to prevent them breaking up.

Russian Beef Meatballs in Sour Cream

Here’s my recipe…

Ingredients

500g minced beef

50g breadcrumbs

3 tbsp chopped parsley

1 small white onion, grated

20g plain flour

25g butter

3 tbsp sunflower oil

700ml sour cream

Instructions

Mix the beef, two tbps of parsley, breadcrumbs and onion

Form the mixture into small balls

Roll the balls in the flour

Chill in the fridge for 20 minutes

Fry each ball in oil and butter

Russian Beef Meatballs in Sour Cream

Rest the meatballs until just before serving

When you want to serve them, heat sour cream in a saucepan and add the meatballs

When everything is thoroughly heated serve and sprinkle with remaining parsley

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