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
  1. 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.
  2. 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 300ยบ F. oven, while cooking remaining cutlets. Serves 6-8
*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.