What Do Russians Eat?

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Although it's not exactly a country known for its cuisine, Russia actually boasts a wide range of tasty and interesting dishes. From a variety of soups, meat dishes and desserts, Russian cuisine features something guaranteed to satisfy even the world's most finicky eater.

Shchi

  • Soup remains a staple in Russian cuisine. Shchi, a hot soup comprised of cabbage, carrots, meats and spicy herbs, is one of the most popular national dishes in Russia.

Rasstegay

  • Rasstegay, a small pie-like pastry usually filled with seafood or rice, tends to be served alongside broth or other types of soups.

Pelmeni

  • These thin dumplings are often stuffed with pork, onions and a variety of spices. Largely associated with the region of Siberia, pelmenis are especially popular during different holiday seasons.

Kholodets

  • Kholodets is a very popular dish featuring jellied meats (usually pork or veal) alongside various vegetables and spices. Toppings usually include horseradish or mustard.

Bliny

  • Bliny, or blintzes, have a consistency close to that of crepes. This thin pancake-like pastry is often filled with farmer's cheese or fruit.

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