The Domestic Man’s Russian Cutlets (Котлеты)

Today’s post is a recreation of our friend The Domestic Man’s Russian Cutlets.  His blog is a finalist for Saveur’s Best Food Blog Awards, and we’d really appreciate it if you could take the time to support him and our real food movement by voting for his website in the special diet category.  You can do that here!  On with the show…

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When Russ shared this recipe a month or two back, I was intrigued (usual response).  He always includes a brief, yet informative, history of a dish and what makes it stand out from just another meal on a plate.  What really caught me was his description of the cutlet, “The word cutlet is a bit of a culinary mystery – everyone has their own interpretation of what it means.”  While I’d like to say I try to experience as much as possible in terms of food, I couldn’t wholly appreciate what he meant by this sentence.  I was thinking, “Oh, so it’s like a burger with some seasonings and a sauce that’s not ketchup, mustard, or BBQ sauce.”  Wrong was I.  These were not at all like a hamburger, and I’m  glad they weren’t.  I still love my burgers, but this was a treat. Continue reading