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Zrazy

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Zrazy is a meat dish popular in Eastern Europe, especially Ukraine, Poland, Lithuania and Belorussia.

Classic zrazy have a twisted shape and are made of thin slices of chopped beef, which is flavored with salt and pepper and stuffed with vegetables, mushrooms, eggs, and potato. However, there are numerous stuffing combinations as new ones are encouraged, such as pickles and bacon.

The stuffed meat is then twisted and secured with thread or toothpicks. After being fried in oil for a short period of time, the zrazy are placed in a casserole with celery, onion, and various spices and covered with a hot stock. The casserole is then stewed at a low temperature.

Prior to serving, the threads or toothpicks are removed; the zrazy is then drained and sometimes dusted with flour or topped with sour cream.

Zrazy are eaten with the sauce in which they were stewed and are usually garnished with crumbled kasha, usually buckwheat and barley.


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References

Zrazy , wikipedia.org

Zrazy , easteuropeanfood.about.com

What Is Zrazy?, www.wisegeek.com