Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Russian hamburgers or country fried steak?

While in this Russian, Polish and German cookbook, there was another recipe I was trying: Russian Hamburgers.  Now, what makes this interesting is that this recipe looks like it descended from Wiener Schnitzel from Germany.  Wiener Schnitzel and chicken fried steak, which are almost identical, is basically a meat cutlet, coated in flour or batter and lightly fried in a hot pan.  These Russian Hamburgers are very similar.

What started was I switched out some ground turkey for ground beef, which does change the flavor but makes them less calories.  As per the recipe, I had a bowl of bread crumbs, added milk and mixed them with meat.  I then added the egg and mixed it and created the patties.  I dipped the patties in simple flour and laid them carefully in a hot pan with some extra virgin olive oil.
You cook them for a few minutes on each side and then take them out when they are finished.  I actually under-cooked mine so when they are re-heated for lunches and dinners they come out perfect and not too dry such as some re-heated turkey or chicken items.
These should be served with your favorite condiments and perhaps some cooked cabbage, another recipe from the same cookbook, where you bake some cabbage with some tomatoes and chili powder.
Now, as I have listed up there; it is thought that this recipe derived from Wiener Schnitzel.  A theory is that German immigrants brought this recipe to America where it was turned into a Southern favorite: chicken or country fired steak.  Wikipedia suggests that perhaps it had changed names because of the war with Germany.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chicken_fried_steak

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