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Friday, August 31, 2012

Russian Holodets Meat Jelly {Xолодец}

Holodets is essentially a meat jelly made by cooking pork parts that contain a lot of bone, skin and cartilage (such as legs, ears, and even hooves) This dish’s name “holodets” is from the Russian word “holod” means “cold”. It's is because the final preparation step is to cool in a refrigerator for a few hours. Really, chicken, beef, or pork “holodets” is a meat jelly with meat cuts, vegetable cuts, and spices inside. This dish is an ancient recipe, which is still the same as some hundreds of years ago, and this is a traditional dish for many Russian celebrations. The first stage of the recipe is to make a tasty broth.
To make it: put pieces of  bones and meat in a large sauce pan in same time, pour cold water over them boil for 5 hrs then put bay leaves, carrots, onion, coriander, salt, and ground pepper,  boil with low heating for 1 more hour. Remove foam when it comes up, until the boiling water is clear.

I got chicken drumsticks, pork foot and beef soup bones.  
First rinse the meat. Then put meat in the pot. Cover with water add salt. Boil on low for 5 hrs.
Add: 
2 carrots 
1 large onion 
2 bay leaves
Coriander, pepper
More salt if needed
Boil for 1 hr.  
At this time boil about 5  eggs for decoration.
Let it cool down a bit. Take the bones, meat out and strain the broth. 
Pull all meat out of bones. Set it aside. 
To make decorations for upside down way; put a little bit of  broth in the dish you will use and put it in freezer for 15 min or refrigerator until it sets.  
 Then arrange your decorations and add meat on top.
Pour more broth on top and more egg, carrots and parsley return to refrigerator. I made it at night so in the morning it was perfectly set. We like to enjoy it with spicy mustard (горчица).     


25 comments:

  1. Wow, this is amazing! Just came from the store where I got pork feet and drumsticks to make holodets. But I make it a little different way. This time.I will make it your way. I love your upside-down version.
    Thank you, Lea. Blessings to your family)

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    1. God bless you too-:¦:-
      Enjoy♥¸.•*´¯*♥

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  2. Lea, this is labour of love and terrific! Thumbs up for you!

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    1. (¯`*•.¸(¯`´•...Thanks Angie...•´´¯)¸.•´´¯)

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  3. I love this dish...but only if my Mom, Aunt or Baba make it....for some weird and strange reason I can't make it because then I won't eat it. looks good.

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    1. I am not a big fan of holodets ether. My husband loves it.
      Thanks Irene♥¸.•*´¯*♥

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  4. Great step by step instruction. We eat this dish with red horse radish - хрен. I have never made xolodets my self, it has always been my mom, maybe its time I'll give it a shot :)

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    1. Thanks Natasha:) It's easy to make:-)

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  5. I was looking for a recipe like this, to make it on Christmas, in my home here, in Brazil.
    It was a hard work, but I finnaly found it. Thank you for posting, the pictures are self-explaining!
    I still remember the flavour, when my mother in law made it...
    Delicious!

    Vladimir

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    1. You are welcome Vladimir:-) I am glad you can enjoy Holodets for Christmas. How is the weather in the Brazil at this time of the year?
      .·:*¨¨*:·.Enjoy.·:*¨¨*:·.

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    2. Thank you, Lea!
      I leave in State of Sao Paulo, Southwest of Brazil. My hometown is Sorocaba and the weather its: spring raining days, high humidity and high temperatures: yesterday we had 89.6°F...
      Our winters are not so hard, as well. The lowest temperature its ot under 39.2°F, in the couldest days...
      I would like to have snow days in winter, but in Brazil it's hard to happen.

      Merry Christmas! May the Lord bless you all.

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    3. Sorry for the worst english ever.
      This is because I'm self-taught...

      Vladimir

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    4. Your English is very good Vladimir:))) Kogda mne nado po Russki pisat ya angliiskimi bukvami pishy.
      God Bless you too!!! Merry Christmas!!!

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  6. Lea,

    Despite my name be Vladimir, I don't speak russian, excpet for three or four phrases.
    My wife do speak english, but I don't.
    In retribution for your kindness, this is my wish in portuguese:

    Tenha um Feliz e abençoado Natal, Lea. Que Deus abençoe muito a você e sua família.

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    1. That's funny I thought you are Russian:))) My dad is named Vladimir too. Enjoy my recipes:)
      .•:*☆*:•.Thank you for the Christmas wish.•:*☆*:•.
      God Bless your family and Merry Christmas!!!

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  7. Thank you for the simple recipe. I used to make holodetc back in ukraine but it was long time ago. Want to make again for christmas. Btw i have brazilian relative whos name is Yuri so i guess russians and brazilians have similar taste in names.
    Tatiana

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    1. You are welcome, Tanya:)))
      Merry Christmas!!!!!!!!!!!

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  8. Rockstar post Lea. Top search hit on google for holodets.
    Going to try to make it tomorrow.
    Best -Sergey

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    1. Thank you Sergey:)I am glad to hear that:)))
      Enjoy!♥¸.•*´¯*♥

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  9. Yum, we made some for the holidays, need to make it again

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    1. I know:) I started liking holodets too♥¸.•*´¯*♥

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  10. Your holodets looks just like my grandmas... Moya zhena ne ochen' xorosho gotovit... preidetsa sdelat' samomy... Spasibo!
    -Andrei

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  11. I got a little sentimental thinking of Russian Christmas and New Years at the home of my grandparents. Vodka served in genuine vodka glasses, holodets, piroshky, varanyeki, Stroganoff, hot borscht with beef and sour cream, special potato pancakes, beet salat, and fresh pickles with dill.
    Thank you all for sharing!

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