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Vodka and Food Pairings

pghchowhound Feb 28, 2007 03:15 PM

I am hosting an event that revolves around Russian vodka and am looking for some creative hors d'oeuvres ideas. Caviar is already part of the menu (in abundance) but I was thinking perhaps something with a little Russian Fusion? Any thoughts or ideas?

  1. Megiac Mar 1, 2007 02:29 PM

    Rather than buying smoked salmon, you could buy a salmon filet and make your own gravlax....

    1. BobB Mar 1, 2007 01:51 PM

      A further thought - hie thee to a Russian deli (Bazaar on Beacon, their bigger place in Allston, Berezka on Comm Ave, or Babushka on Washington St), browse through the showcases, and go nuts! You will be inspired!

      1. BobB Mar 1, 2007 01:06 PM

        If you're going Russian, they're not called hors d'oeuvres, they're called zakuski! As Marianna215 implies, anything eaten with vodka qualifies as zakuski. But traditional items are pickles of various sorts, especially pickled mushrooms, various salads (NOT green salad, just things like Salad Olivier and other heavy, sour cream-laden delights) and all sorts of salami and other cured meats.

        It would also be very appropriate to have several different flavored vodkas, especially cranberry.

        My wife is Russian, I'm becoming an expert on this stuff!!

        1. klmonline Feb 28, 2007 06:53 PM

          Mini crab cakes would go well as an appetizer.

          1. hotoynoodle Feb 28, 2007 05:07 PM

            tiny fingerling potatoes served as twice-baked

            phyllo triangles stuffed with duxelles

            black bread smeared with radish cream cheese

            chicken kiev, but use tenders

            1. Marianna215 Feb 28, 2007 04:42 PM

              in Ukraine we drink vodka w/ everything! :)

              1. MaspethMaven Feb 28, 2007 04:19 PM

                smoked fish: salmon, sablefish

                Salad olivier

                manti (meat dumplings like potsticker's)

                Piroshki (baked meat pie in short pastry) served room temp

                Here's a thread I started after a very lovely and filling party attended at a Russian home with loads of authentic eats and delicious vodka:


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                  Jeserf Feb 28, 2007 04:14 PM

                  some quick ideas that come to mind are mini blinis with creme fraiche and chives, mini potato pancakes, poached salmon, (if you have them) little cups of borcht.

                  I think you could do a handful of amuse bouche and it'd be kinda cool.

                  when I was in Russia, nothing was fusion, though you could try some interesting combos of perogies...

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