Kotlety (Russian Ground Beef Cutlets)
2 stale white rolls (crust removed)*
1 cup milk or water
2 lb. 75%-80% ground beef/chuck
2 eggs, beaten
1 med. onion, chopped
1-2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp. each salt, pepper
Dry bread crumbs (optional)
4 Tbsp. vegetable oil, more or less
Soak rolls in milk. Squeeze out excess moisture from bread and crumble bread; combine with ground beef, beaten eggs, onion, garlic, salt and pepper to taste.
Shape into palm-size patties. Dredge in bread crumbs. Fry cutlets in hot vegetable oil until done, about 5 minutes on each side. Transfer cutlets to oven-proof pan and keep in a 300º F. oven, while cooking remaining cutlets. Serves 6-8
Pairs Well With
*You can use stale pumpernickel or unseeded rye bread.
Italian white bread or rolls are a good choice. I soak crusts and all, the tear it all up and squeeze out the milk. Salt and pepper to your taste.