Today, in modern cookbooks, dozens of potato zraz variants are described, which, by and large, differ from each other, exclusively in the filling, the form of modeling and the way of cooking the product. In this publication, we will look at what are the classic potato zrazy with minced meat, and also present some of the most popular recipes with step-by-step instructions on how to prepare them properly.
A bit of history
The struggle of Poland and Lithuania for the right to be the ancestor of this dish no longer leads to any results: zrazy can be considered a Lithuanian and Polish dish at the same time. Sigismund the First was not only the king of Poland, but also the Grand Duke of Lithuania. On the other hand, in the first mention of zrazah, it was said that the Polish king Vladislav Jagiello preferred Lithuanian cuisine and Polish ones.
If we talk about the potato variety of this product, then there is a version that the dish has Belarusian roots, where the potato is the second most popular after meat. Based on the fact that classic products were made from meat and stuffing, potato zrazy is a kind of budget equivalent of the original product with some ethnic component.
Almost any products can be used as a filling: finely chopped and fried mushrooms, steamed vegetables, minced fish, chicken and offal, cottage cheese. In the mid-90s of the last century, our compatriots began to enjoy the budget options of this dish, for example, potato zrazy with egg and green onions, or chopped onions and carrots. In modern culinary, various variations of greens and cabbage fillings are widely presented. Simple recipes of potato zraz with cheese, boiled egg and butter fillings are not far behind in popularity. But, according to reviews, potato zrazy with minced meat is traditionally considered the most popular among our compatriots. Next, consider the principles of preparation of this product.
Cooking potato dough
In the first embodiment, the product must necessarily be rubbed on a fine grater and carefully wrung out from excessive moisture. In the second, zrazy are molded from mashed potatoes. Further, to create the correct mass, eggs are needed. Traditionally, to give the basis of a more delicate structure, chefs around the world use only chicken egg yolks. In order to give the dough the necessary elasticity and stickiness, a certain amount of flour or semolina is added to its composition.
How to cook potato zrazy? Everything is very simple: we create the basis, we put the stuffing inwards, form small patties or patties, fry in butter until golden brown. On the side dish is usually served a salad of fresh vegetables and herbs. Next, we consider several popular recipes for preparing this dish at home.
- 600 grams of potatoes;
- two chicken yolks;
- three spoons of wheat flour;
- 30 g butter;
- 0.3 kg minced meat (pork, beef);
- medium bulb;
- ground crackers;
- vegetable oil for frying.
Salt and spices are taken to taste.
Create the base
To increase the plasticity of the dough, the culinary specialist is recommended to boil the potatoes "in the uniform" and then peel and knead, not allowing the product to cool completely.
We form and prepare zrazy
Further, everything is simple: roll zrazy ready in breadcrumbs and fry on both sides until golden brown.
After frying, be sure to place the dish on a paper towel that will absorb excess fat.
Classic potato zrazy with minced meat: the recipe of cooking is extremely simple, does not require an abundance of ingredients and time to prepare the ingredients. However, they can be eaten both hot and cold, with sour cream, vegetable cutting, fresh green salad. If the dish is harvested for the future, then the obtained semi-finished product is frozen and fried immediately from the freezer, without a prior thawing process. The dish safely freezes and does not lose in quality.
Potato zrazy with minced chicken
In the oven, potato zrazy with chicken are no less tasty than fried in a pan. With this method of cooking, the "patties" do not have a high percentage of fat content and are obtained as suitable as possible for diet food.
As noted above, minced meat is not the only filling for this dish. Exotic seafood fillings or crushed walnuts, crackers and butter are perfectly combined with the potato base. Next, we consider a more familiar set of products for the stomachs of our compatriots, namely, potato zrazy with mushrooms.
Zrazy with mushroom filling
Experienced chefs recommend using forest mushrooms with a stronger flavor for this dish.
Cooking classic potato zrazy with mushroom stuffing. Step-by-step recipe with a photo below.
One medium onion and mushrooms finely chopped and fry in vegetable oil until cooked.
In the mushrooms add salt, black pepper. Put a portion of the base on a floured board, roll it into a flat cake, about 0.5 cm thick. Lay out 1 spoonful of minced mushroom in the middle of the blank.
Form immediately, roll in flour or bread crumbs.
Fry in vegetable oil until golden brown.
On average, the roasting process takes 3-4 minutes for each side.
Potato zrazy with mozzarella cheese
Oil temperature should be within 180 ° С.
In the budget version, instead of Mozzarella, you can use any hard cheese. In some recipes, it is proposed to grind it on a fine grater, but reviews are much easier if you put a cheese platter in the middle of the potato pancake.
Served cheese zrazy only hot. The “Italian” serve with sour cream sauce, fresh tomatoes and a leaf of green basil is considered ideal.
Video recipe potato zraz with liver
Zrazy stuffed with sauerkraut
To prepare you will need:
- potatoes 1 kg;
- pickled cabbage 400 gr. net weight (without brine);
- onion - 1 head;
- chicken eggs - 2 pieces;
- flour - 2 tbsp. l;
- salt, black pepper - to taste;
- vegetable oil for roasting - 4 tbsp. l
Peel potatoes, place in cold water and cook until ready.
While tubers are boiled, chop the onion.
Fry onions to transparency. After that, add the sauerkraut to it. Add freshly ground black pepper and stew until soft cabbage. Pickle is not needed, but you should not squeeze the product.
In boiled and mashed potatoes without oil, leave to cool. After, add to the mass of the yolks of two eggs and flour.
Mix mass until smooth. Squirrels whip with a pinch of salt and enter into the mass. All whipped with a fork for pomp dough.
Lay the board with cling film and lay a portion of potato mass on top of it. Form a cake, on the center of which lay out the stewed cabbage stuffing.
Pulling up the edges of the film, form a “cutlet” and carefully seal the edges.
Sprinkle the obtained billet with breadcrumbs and fry in a heated pan in a small amount of vegetable oil.
Serve ready zrazy with greens, sliced from fresh cucumbers and tomatoes.
In a similar way, they prepare potato zrazy with fresh cabbage, which must be drained with spices, grated carrot and a spoon of tomato paste.
In this publication, several popular recipes for preparing such a simple but amazingly tasty dish like potato zrazy were considered. This product will be in demand by people who are limited in time but cannot “pass by” good and nourishing home cooking. Try, fantasize and experiment and you will definitely succeed!