Sochi Party Food from CT Bites

We are totally psyched for the Winter Olympics!  What’s better than sitting on your sofa, surrounded by lots snacks and watching the fittest athletes in the world compete for gold?!

Why not throw a Winter Olympics Sochi Party?  Here are our favorite Russian inspired recipes to enjoy while you watch the Opening Ceremonies on February 7th at 7:30 pm.   So get your vodka chilled, and invite friends to come wearing their favorite ushanka (Russian hat). Read below for the following recipes: Russian Blini, Caviar Torte, Farshirovannye Yaytsa~ Stuffed Eggs, & a classic cocktail recipe, the White Russian.

Russian Blini

1 C. all-purpose flour

Pinch of salt

3 eggs

1 C. milk (more if needed)

2 Tbs. melted unsalted butter

Mix together all the ingredients, except melted butter, stirring in enough milk to give batter the consistency of thin cream.  Let stand for 30 minutes

 

Place a small amount of butter in a heated pan.  Spoon in the batter by tablespoons. Wait until small bubbles form. Turn the blini to lightly brown the other side. Remove to a warm platter. Serve warm with crème fraiche and top with a dollop of caviar or the other optional toppings.

Optional Topping Additions: smoked salmon, chopped hard-boiled eggs, minced red or white onion, chopped dill and lemon.

Caviar Torte  

12 hard-boiled eggs 

¼ C. mayonnaise (or  to your liking)

1 Tbs. chopped dill

4 oz. cream cheese

¼ C. sour cream

Salt and pepper

2 – 4oz. jars good caviar

Capers and chopped chives for garnish

1 loaf of black bread, cut into triangles

Coarsely chop eggs and mix with mayo and until creamy. Add chopped dill, salt and pepper, to taste.  Spread evenly in a platter with a ½ to 1 inch sides.

Combine softened cream cheese with sour cream until smooth and creamy. Spread evenly over the egg layer.  Spread a thin layer of caviar over the sour cream layer.  Garnish with capers and chives.  Serve with black bread and/or buttery toast points and enjoy this extra special treat!

Farshirovannye Yaytsa~ Stuffed Eggs

6 hardboiled eggs
3 Tbs. mayonnaise
1 Tbs. dry mustard
3 cornichon, finely chopped
2 Tbs. scallions, finely chopped 

1 tsp. smoky paprika

1 Tbs. capers

Optional mix-ins:

Crumbled Bacon& Sriracha

Curry and Mango Chutney

Smoked  Salmon and Dill

Black Olives and Sun Dried Tomato


Peel the eggs and cut in half. Carefully remove the yolks and crush well.

Mix with mayonnaise, mustard, pickles and scallions and season with salt and pepper.

Using a spoon, fill the egg halves with the mixture, chill and garnish with capers and smoky paprika before serving.

White Russian

This creamy vodka drink has a nice coffee flavor that makes the perfect après dinner drink.

If you skip the cream you’ll have a Black Russian, give the White Russian a shake at the end and you have a Dirty Bird, add a splash of amaretto and you have a Roasted Toasted Almond.  Garnish with a few chocolate covered espresso beans.

1 1/2 oz. vodka

3/4 oz. Kahlua coffee liqueur

3/4 oz. heavy cream

Chocolate covered espresso beans

Pour the ingredients into an old-fashioned glass filled with ice. Stir well and serve.