Stuffed Pork Rolls with Mushrooms (Kruchenyky)

November 20th, 2010 in Main Dish Recipes, Pork by
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Total cooking time: 2h 30min  
Stuffed Pork Rolls with Mushrooms (Kruchenyky)

Stuffed Pork Rolls with Mushrooms (Kruchenyky)

Kruchenyky or zavyvantsi – meat rolls prepared with pork (less often with beef) and stuffed with various mixes. This is very popular dish of traditional ukrainian cuisine.

Stuffings for kruchenyky, as well as sauces, vary from region to region and, actually, from cook to cook.

I like kruchenyky prepared from pork loin and stuffed with mushrooms or mushroom mix with some other ingredients, fried and then baked under cream sauce. Just like in this recipe.

It may seem like lot of hassle to cook these stuffed pork rolls, but it is really not as hard as it looks; and is really tasty :)

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 lb of boneless pork loin
  • 1 lb of field mushrooms
  • 2 big onions
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 – 1.5 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 cup of heavy cream
  • Salt to taste
  • Ground black pepper to taste
  • Sunflower or olive oil

How to prepare, step-by-step:

  1. Prepare ingredients: pork loin is the best for this recipe, you can take piece of any thickness – meat tenderizer makes miracles with pork meat piece size :); boil eggs on hard and cool them down till room temperature. You will also need thin cotton thread or toothpicks (I did use them this time, but thread is sometimes easier to handle):
    Stuffed Pork Rolls with Mushrooms (Kruchenyky) Recipe: Step 1

    Stuffed Pork Rolls with Mushrooms (Kruchenyky) Recipe: Step 1

  2. Start off by cooking mushroom and onions stuffing. For that warm up skillet with 2-3 table spoons of oil over moderate heat. Peel onions and slice them into quarter of circles, move to warmed up skillet and fry until they softened and and gain yellow color (about 10 mins); don’t forget to stir form time to time:
    Stuffed Pork Rolls with Mushrooms (Kruchenyky) Recipe: Step 2

    Stuffed Pork Rolls with Mushrooms (Kruchenyky) Recipe: Step 2

  3. Rinse and clean field mushrooms (I usually remove skin from the cap and scrub stem a bit with a knife, then rinse them with cold water); then dice cleaned mushrooms:
    Stuffed Pork Rolls with Mushrooms (Kruchenyky) Recipe: Step 3

    Stuffed Pork Rolls with Mushrooms (Kruchenyky) Recipe: Step 3

  4. Once onions are ready, add diced mushrooms to the skillet; fry onions and mushrooms together for 10-15 mins more, stir from time to time; mushrooms will reduce in size and produce some juice. When mushroom juice is gone, remove skillet from the burner:
    Stuffed Pork Rolls with Mushrooms (Kruchenyky) Recipe: Step 4

    Stuffed Pork Rolls with Mushrooms (Kruchenyky) Recipe: Step 4

  5. Pour mushrooms to the bowl; peel hard boiled eggs, chop them and add to the bowl:
    Stuffed Pork Rolls with Mushrooms (Kruchenyky) Recipe: Step 5

    Stuffed Pork Rolls with Mushrooms (Kruchenyky) Recipe: Step 5

  6. Add shredded cheese:
    Stuffed Pork Rolls with Mushrooms (Kruchenyky) Recipe: Step 6

    Stuffed Pork Rolls with Mushrooms (Kruchenyky) Recipe: Step 6

  7. Mix everything good, season with salt and ground pepper to taste:
    Stuffed Pork Rolls with Mushrooms (Kruchenyky) Recipe: Step 7

    Stuffed Pork Rolls with Mushrooms (Kruchenyky) Recipe: Step 7

  8. Mushroom stuffing is ready! Now it is time for pork rolls. Slice pork into pieces about 1/3 inch thick. If size of pork loin seems too small for you to roll up rolls you can double it by making 2 slices into on: just cut first piece not whole way through. I’ve tried to show pieces sliced this way on the picture below (even though I ended up separating them later on – pork meat is pretty easy to beat into bigger pieces with tenderizer):
    Stuffed Pork Rolls with Mushrooms (Kruchenyky) Recipe: Step 8

    Stuffed Pork Rolls with Mushrooms (Kruchenyky) Recipe: Step 8

  9. Take a spice of pork, salt it from both sides and beat it up with meat tenderizer so it gets very thin and gain size big enough to roll it up with stuffing:
    Stuffed Pork Rolls with Mushrooms (Kruchenyky) Recipe: Step 9a

    Stuffed Pork Rolls with Mushrooms (Kruchenyky) Recipe: Step 9a

    Arrange about 2 table spoons of stuffing on once side of the pork slice:

    Stuffed Pork Rolls with Mushrooms (Kruchenyky) Recipe: Step 9b

    Stuffed Pork Rolls with Mushrooms (Kruchenyky) Recipe: Step 9b


    Fold it:
    Stuffed Pork Rolls with Mushrooms (Kruchenyky) Recipe: Step 9c

    Stuffed Pork Rolls with Mushrooms (Kruchenyky) Recipe: Step 9c


    And form a roll:
    Stuffed Pork Rolls with Mushrooms (Kruchenyky) Recipe: Step 9d

    Stuffed Pork Rolls with Mushrooms (Kruchenyky) Recipe: Step 9d

  10. Secure with toothpicks or thin cotton thread:
    Stuffed Pork Rolls with Mushrooms (Kruchenyky) Recipe: Step 10

    Stuffed Pork Rolls with Mushrooms (Kruchenyky) Recipe: Step 10

  11. Repeat for the rest of meat and stuffing:
    Stuffed Pork Rolls with Mushrooms (Kruchenyky) Recipe: Step 11

    Stuffed Pork Rolls with Mushrooms (Kruchenyky) Recipe: Step 11

  12. Warm up big skillet with oil over moderate heat. Fry each pork roll from each side starting from the side with seam until cooked through (once seam size is fried up it is safe to remove toothpicks, roll will not unfold anymore; if you are using cotton thread you can remove it later):
    Stuffed Pork Rolls with Mushrooms (Kruchenyky) Recipe: Step 12

    Stuffed Pork Rolls with Mushrooms (Kruchenyky) Recipe: Step 12

  13. Move ready rolls from skillet to baking pan using spatula (remove cotton threads if you are using them after rolls are cooled down a bit):
    Stuffed Pork Rolls with Mushrooms (Kruchenyky) Recipe: Step 13

    Stuffed Pork Rolls with Mushrooms (Kruchenyky) Recipe: Step 13

  14. Once all rolls are ready you will get something like this (20-22 rolls in average):
    Stuffed Pork Rolls with Mushrooms (Kruchenyky) Recipe: Step 14

    Stuffed Pork Rolls with Mushrooms (Kruchenyky) Recipe: Step 14

  15. Pour about 1.5 cup of water to the pan:
    Stuffed Pork Rolls with Mushrooms (Kruchenyky) Recipe: Step 15

    Stuffed Pork Rolls with Mushrooms (Kruchenyky) Recipe: Step 15

  16. Pour heavy cream (or sour cream mixed with water) over pork rolls:
    Stuffed Pork Rolls with Mushrooms (Kruchenyky) Recipe: Step 16

    Stuffed Pork Rolls with Mushrooms (Kruchenyky) Recipe: Step 16

  17. Season with ground black pepper and salt. Put to the warmed up oven:
    Stuffed Pork Rolls with Mushrooms (Kruchenyky) Recipe: Step 17

    Stuffed Pork Rolls with Mushrooms (Kruchenyky) Recipe: Step 17

  18. Bake at 360F for about 30 mins:
    Stuffed Pork Rolls with Mushrooms (Kruchenyky) Recipe: Step 18

    Stuffed Pork Rolls with Mushrooms (Kruchenyky) Recipe: Step 18

  19. Serve warm as main course for dinner with your choice of side dish:
    Stuffed Pork Rolls with Mushrooms (Kruchenyky) Recipe: Step 19

    Stuffed Pork Rolls with Mushrooms (Kruchenyky) Recipe: Step 19

Enjoy!

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