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In a nod to the Russian Captain leading the Washington Capitals in the Stanley Cup Finals, we decided to provide a meal that is loosely based on traditional Russian festival. And, since it is an away game, you won’t have to shell out $4,700 for a seat at the Caps Center, which leaves some money in the budget to enjoy an evening of pancakes and fish!
The Maslenitsa Festival takes place all across Russian at the end of February to mark the passing of Winter, and marks the last week that orthodox Russians can eat dairy before lent….think of it as a Russian Fat Tuesday….or a Carnival….or a….okay...you get it. Known as Pancake Week, Butter Week, or Cheese Week (based on your translation), it marks a week of Gluttony with pancakes filled with everything possible, from cream to caviar to salmon to honey. The festival also includes lots of dancing and horseback riding, but for that, you are on your own.
Blinis comes from the Russian word for pancake and are the standard accompaniment for caviar. Here, we add a bit more substance to the meal with the addition of steamed Turbot. Rather than the traditional wheat or buckwheat Blinis, we will be making ours with potato. Right out of the skillet, these pancakes are melt-in-your-mouth tender. The Turbot is a mild, white, flaky fish and is a perfect accompaniment to the texture of the Blini. The Salmon Roe will provide bursts of salinity, as will the sea beans. The Horeshcardish Crème Fraîche provides both spice and fat, while the arugula dressed with a Lemon Vinaigrette provides both bitterness and an acid. The Turbot can be replaced with Smoked Salmon. This dish is superb in its simplicity.
Time to Cook: 20 min.
Cook by Day: Friday
Items included (serves 2)
Turbot (or another white fish)
Potato Blini Batter
*Menu items subject to slight variation based on the availability of fresh ingredients; Picture is not necessarily representative of final dish
Meal Contains (including add-ons): . We store, portion, and package various meal kits containing all eight (8) major allergens (milk, wheat, egg, soy, fish, shellfish, peanuts, and tree nuts) and cannot guarantee that cross-contamination will not occur between kits.
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