Zakuski recipes

Pickled Watermelon and other "Zakuski

This type of spread is known as zakuski, which translates to “something to bite after. ” Zakuski are essentially snacks that are meant to be eaten while drinking shots of vodka or other alcohol
Russian Dill Pickles

Russian Dill Pickles

Dill pickles are probably the most popular Russian pickles, usually being present at every celebration table as a part of zakuski (hors d’oeuvres) together with pickled tomatoes and homemade sauerkraut

Sturgeon pates from The Fish Society

If there is a celebration or a special occasion, the meals often start with zakuski. Different fish pates on bread or blini often feature as part of the zakuski
Maple Syrup-Roasted Tomatoes for NYE

Maple Syrup-Roasted Tomatoes for NYE

French canapes and hors d'oeuvres (themselves derived from the Russian zakuski). Appetizers ~ Canapes ~ Tapas ~ Dim sum ~ Hors d'oeuvres…

Sochelnik: Russian Orthodox Christmas

In addition to sochivo, mushroom soup, zakuski (pickled appetizers), fish, lentils and vegetables are among the staple food items at the Christmas table

Zakuski Martini

Muddle cucumber, add the rest. Shake with ice and strain to a chilled cocktail glass. 4 ounces Absolut citron vodka

The Zakuska Table: Russian Cucumber & Radish Salad

The Russian cucumber and radish salad is one of the fresher, more vibrant dishes of the zakuski menu and it made a regular appearance on my family table as I was growing up

Mushroom Caviar

Fry the onions lightly in the olive oil, then add the mushrooms. Sprinkle with pepper and lemon juice and continue to fry for 2-3 minutes

Bitky (Russian Minced Meat Patties)

Soak the bread in the milk for 30 minutes and then squeeze out the excess milk. Mix the bread with the ground beef, finely chopped onion, egg, salt & pepper until all is well blended together