My dinner recipes

Meat Stuffed Eggplants

October 24th, 2015 in Beef, Main Dishes by Julia Volhina

Fun recipe to play with: eggplants stuffed with ground beef and vegetables. Nice combination of meat and veggies. I love eggplants!

For me it is always a bit tricky to hollow eggplants out, it is important to take most of pulp off to make sure they cook through, but it is also important to to not damage eggplant skin. It takes a bit of time and practice.

You can take bigger eggplants and slice them in half lengthwise, or take smaller ones and slice top part off like I did for this recipe.

Hrechanyky (Ukrainian Buckwheat Fried Patties)

October 10th, 2015 in Chicken, Main Dishes by Julia Volhina

There are many recipes in Ukrainian cuisine for Hrechanyky – meat and buckwheat patties.

All of them use some sort of meat (chicken, or pork, or beef, or a combination of these) which is being mixed with boiled buckwheat and some other ingredients; patties are either baked or fried, and then served either plain or with some kind of sauce. So, there are many variations.

In this recipe I used ground chicken, patties are fried and served without any sauce. Simple recipe I would say. If you are grinding chicken meat yourself, you can do it together with onion, that way there is no need to grate it.

Serve hrechanyky warm or cooled down with vegetable side or on a bread bun.

Baked Chicken Patties in Cheese Sauce

September 26th, 2015 in Chicken, Main Dishes by Julia Volhina

Interesting and I would say unusual recipe: chopped chicken meat patties baked in garlicky cream cheese sauce. Great choice for romantic or family dinner.

I used chicken thighs meat for this recipe, it seem juicier and tasty to me, but breast meat will work as well. As for cheese, it is italian cheese blend, but if you like something else – it would probably work too.

If meat mince consistency is watery, forming patties may get tricky, just use two spoon to ladle and shape them, otherwise use hands.

Fried Pork Fingers

August 29th, 2015 in Main Dishes, Pork by Julia Volhina

Country style boneless pork ribs cut is perfect choice for breading and frying: meat turns out soft and juicy, it is very easy to portion and cook. Result looks and tastes like tenders which are made out of pork.

Fried pork fingers can be served as an entree with a side or on a bread as a sandwich.

I usually cook bigger batch. Leftovers can then be stored in fridge or be frozen, and can be easily reheated in microwave.

Chopped Pork and Onion Rissoles

June 20th, 2015 in Main Dishes, Pork by Julia Volhina

I love this recipe. And if you use boneless country-style pork rib meat as I do and get tender and juicy meat “pancakes”, you will love it too.

Just chop the meat along with onions, mix with eggs and some starch, set it in fridge to marinate and then fry later.

This is one of meals you can prepare everything for some time in advance, and then just fry them right before serving.

Quick Fried Beef with Onions

June 6th, 2015 in Beef, Main Dishes by Julia Volhina

This is amazingly quick recipe for fried beef. Perfect dish for when you have some beef frozen up and you need to throw a dinner together quick and easy.

You don’t even need to thaw it all the way, meat will actually be much easier to slice if it is frozen a bit. Just make sure you use sharp knife.

Now, time to cook will depend on the meat cut – the softer meat is the lesser time to cook it will require. Just try from time to time until it is soft enough.

Rabbit Stew with Mushrooms and Sour Cream

February 14th, 2015 in Main Dishes, Rabbit by Julia Volhina

Rabbit meat is considered to be lean and overall healthy meat option. We were cooking rabbits pretty often at home in Ukraine. But here in US I was never lucky enough to see one in store.

This seem had changed recently: both, Whole Foods and Giant Eagle Market District in area where we live, now started carrying young rabbits (I hope it isn’t some kind of trial).

So I couldn’t resist, bought one and decided to share this simple and yet pretty tasty recipe for rabbit stew with mushrooms and sour cream. I hope you like it as much as I do.