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May 29, 2012 05:55 AM

Russian food recipe that does not contain flour or meat - and is not too difficult

My step-daughter's HS track team is having an end of year party. Each kid is bringing a food from their background/culture - one of the benefits of living in NYC. One of the kids can't have flour or meat, all of the recipes I know contain one or the other. I was thinking latkes, but they will not transport well. So i guess that is another requirement. Thanks for your help.

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  1. This potato salad from Deb's Russian mother-in-law looks like a winner, though you'd have to use ice packs to keep it cold because of the mayo:

    Good luck!

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    1. re: LauraGrace

      will you be able to heat stuff up? How about cabbage rolls with out the meat, just rice ones?

      1. re: LauraGrace

        Kasha Varnishkes (kasha with bow tie pasta) meets all of your requirements. It's delicious, highly transportable and easy to cook for a crowd.

        1. re: CindyJ

          Love Kasha Varnichkes and they do transport well. But most bow tie pastas are wheat based. Maybe if they can get a gluten free pasta and sub that?

      2. Any marinated vegetable salad would work well, as a version of zakuski, the h'ors d'ouvre platter served at virtually every Russian table before every meal.

          1. I agree on vegetarian borsch. As a matter of fact, vegetarian borscht is often eaten cold in the summer time. There's another good soup that can be made vegetarian called Schi. Also, there are many Russian mushroom dishes out there as well.

            1. A simple cucumber salad would do it. Sliced cukes, sour cream, dill and salt. That's it. Keep it chilled. I add torn crunchy lettuce to mine, the way my (Slovak) mother always made it.


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              1. re: jmcarthur8

                This reminds me of my dad's favorite breakfast - sliced bananas, topped with sour cream and brown sugar. The only folks I know of that eat this are Lithovanians (sp?) and Russians, so you've got a 50% chance : )

                And it is awfully tasty : )

                1. re: happybaker

                  I eat this all the time!! Also w/ pineapple chunks, but that's definitely not old-country.
                  I think you mean, "Lithuanians?"

                  1. re: mamachef

                    Mamachef - that's indeed what I meant!

                    Typing with very tired fingers and eyes at the time... Sorry!

                  2. re: happybaker

                    I grew up eating that and still do! I learned it from my grandfather, who was Lithuanian. He also liked sour cream with boiled potatoes.

                    1. re: AmyH

                      You know, I've never had that - but it sounds awesome!

                      1. re: AmyH

                        I always have sour cream on my boiled potatoes. And butter and dill. Can't think of a better way to eat potatoes.

                        1. re: jmcarthur8

                          Are you of Lithuanian or Russian extraction (the name McArthur notwithstanding)?

                          1. re: AmyH

                            My grandmother was Slovak, and my grandfather was Polish. They came over in the 1910's. Their surnames were Nagy and Wesolowski.
                            Grandma was quite a cook, and unfortunately took her best recipes to the grave with her. She never wrote anything down, nor did she measure. When she described recipes, it was a handful of this and a little bit of that, which none of her children could translate!

                        2. re: AmyH

                          We always had leftover pasta with sour cream and feta cheese. So simple yet so delicious.

                        3. re: happybaker

                          We love green grapes done the same way. Actually, a good (and pretty) light app is a mix of green& red seedless grapes, tossed with sour cream & sprinkled with a mix of brown sugar and ground walnuts. Spread them out on a long, thin serving platter and serve with toothpicks.

                          1. re: PattiCakes

                            That sounds really good, PattiCakes. We also like strawberries dipped in sour cream and rolled in brown sugar.

                            1. re: PattiCakes

                              I had that grape salad at a pot luck here in Georgia recently. I'd never seen it before, and thought it was a Southern thing. I loved it, and made some as soon as I got home.

                            2. re: happybaker

                              learned that one from my Polish grandfather. also done with strawberries!

                              1. re: happybaker

                                "Bananas and (sour) cream" was one of my dad's favorite side dishes. No sugar topping for him. My mom would give him an unpeeled banana and a half-pint container of sour cream. He'd scoop the sour cream into a bowl, peel the banana, slice it with a spoon directly into the bowl, and give the end slice to me.

                                These days, it's hard to imagine anyone devouring an entire half-pint of sour cream in one sitting -- or even wanting to. But that was in a whole different era, when our diets were totally different than they are today.

                                1. re: happybaker

                                  ...or maybe you meant "Litvaks" -- Lithuanian Jews.

                                2. re: jmcarthur8

                                  Oh, and onions! Lots of sliced sweet onions in the cucumber salad.