A couple of weeks ago we were invited to a BBQ by some of our Russian friends. We had a lot of delicious food, memories, fun and laughter. So it was just like with any other get together with friends :) The only difference was that a lot of the food was classic Russian recipes.
Like this salad that I made for this BBQ. It's probably the most popular and traditional salad in Russia for holidays, get together's and other big and small celebrations. It's called "Olivier" Belgian Lucien Olivier, the chef of the Hermitage, one of Moscow's
most celebrated restaurants. It comes to no surprise that the original recipe was not just expensive and very complicated but mostly lost. Over the years the ingredients were replaced by cheaper and more popular ones, and what we call "Olivier" right now only faintly resembles the creation by the famous chef.
It's a Russian version of a potato salad.
You will need:
2 big carrots
1-1.5 cup cooked chopped ham
3 dill pickles
1 can green peas
1/2 cup mayonnaise
Black pepper to taste
1. Boil (don't peel!) carrots and potatoes. Cool down to room temperature, then remove skin. Dice into small cubes.
2. Now dice pickles.
3. Drain peas. Mix all the ingredients together, add mayo, season with pepper. Cool in a fridge until ready to serve.
There are different variations of this salad. You can replace ham with chicken (another popular version) or just chopped cooked hot dogs, use fresh cucumbers instead of pickled. Lots of people also add eggs but I don't like it much. Last, you can add chopped green onions or dill but this is not that popular.
What are your favorite versions of potato salad?
I shared this recipe at: Frugal Follies, My Turn (for us),
Mop It Mondays Marvelous Mondays Homemaker on a Dime
Loves Bakes Good Cakes
Hungry Little Girl
The Mandatory Mooch Six Sister's Stuff