Tuna Quiche

This French open-faced pie with canned tuna, egg & cream filling seems completely simple, but it is so delicious. Don’t forget to add mustard to this Tuna Quiche, it will give a charm to it.

Tuna Quiche

Natalija
I usually serve it with green salad. Aragula works the best.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 55 mins
Servings 6 servings

Ingredients
  

  • 1 sheet all butter puff pastry
  • 200 g tuna in water (drained)
  • 1-2 Tbsp mayonnaise
  • 2 tsp mustard
  • 2 eggs
  • 100 ml sour cream
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tomato
  • 30 g cheddar cheese shredded

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Lay the puff pastry out on a baking sheet. Prick all over with a fork.
  • Pop in the oven for 10-12 minutes or until the crust starts to turn light gold. Remove the pastry from the oven, pressing the center down with a fork, if it puffed up a bit.
  • Meanwhile mix tuna and mayonnaise with fork. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Spread the mustard across centre. (I use mustard “a l’ancienne).
  • Spoon the tuna mix on top.
  • Combine eggs with sour cream and mix together. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Pour over tuna.
  • Slice tomato and arrange them on top of your quiche. Sprinkle with cheese.
  • Bake for 30 minutes or until quiche is golden brown.
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Salmon Теrrine

Make a Salmon Terrine with fresh and smoked salmon, eggs, sour cream, and parsley. This elegant french recipe is a refined and delicious appetizer and it is perfect for cold buffets. Serve the terrine with mayonnaise, vegetables, or a green salad.

Salmon Terrine

Natalija
This Salmon Terrine is served cold and gets even better the next day. Very convenient to prepare in advance.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 55 mins
Servings 8 servings

Ingredients
  

  • 500 g salmon fillet with no skin or bones
  • 5 eggs
  • 250 г sour cream
  • 1/4 cup parsley chopped
  • 250 g smoked salmon cut into small pieces
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 390° F (180°C). Grease a loaf pan using cooking oil.
  • Cut the fresh salmon into pieces and mix with a food processor.
  • Add the eggs and mix well.
  • Add the sour cream and parsley.
  • Add the smoked salmon, salt and pepper. Mix with a spatula.
  • Pour the batter into the loaf pan and bake in preheated oven for 35-40 minutes.
  • Allow the salmon terrine to cool before removing it from the pan. Serve the dish chilled.
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Ground Beef Hardshell Tacos

These are to die for tacos. I’ve made it so many times and each time, it turns out so great. It goes awesome with Virgin Mojito.

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Ground beef hardshell tacos

Course Main Dish
Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 5 servings
Author Irina

Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 3 Tbsp taco seasoning
  • 5 Tbsp cold water
  • 1/2 cup cheese shredded
  • 2 cups lettuce shredded
  • 1/2 cup cilantro
  • 1/2 cup salsa
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 10 taco shells hard

Instructions

  • Fully cook the ground beef. Drain extra grease. Add water and taco seasoning then cook for 3 more minutes.
  • Dice tomatoes.
  • Cut avocado into small cubes.
  • Shred lettuce.
  • Finely chop cilantro.
  • Meanwhile, preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Place empty taco shells on a cooking sheet and bake for 5 minutes.
  • Assemble each taco with meat mixture, tomatoes, avocado, cilantro and lettuce. Top it with sour cream and salsa. Sprinkle with shredded cheese. Serve immediately.

Puff Pastry Swirls With Smoked Salmon

What could be better with puff pastry than sour cream and smoked salmon? Kids and adults will really appreciate these savory small appetizers. The best part is, they are very simple to make. All it takes is spreading the filling onto the puff pastry, rolling it up, cutting it into rolls and bake.

Puff Pastry Swirls With Smoked Salmon

Natalija
You can cut the puff pastry sheet in half and make two rolls, but this is only if you want to make them super tiny.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 1 hr 5 mins
Servings 15 pieces

Ingredients
  

  • 1 sheet all butter puff pastry
  • 2 Tbsp sour cream
  • A bit of dill fresh or dried
  • ground black pepper to taste
  • 200 g smoked salmon slices

Instructions
 

  • Roll the puff pastry out with rolling pin into 1/2 inch thick square. Spread the sour cream on the top. Leave about 1cm around the edges. Sprinkle with tiny chopped dill.
  • Arrange the smoked salmon evenly on top of the puff pastry sheet.
  • Starting at one end, roll the pastry up as tightly as possible.
  • Tightly cover with plastic wrap, and chill in the fridge for about 30 minutes. It will be much easier to cut cold roll.
  • Preheat the oven to 380 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. With a very sharp knife, cut the roll into 1 cm slices.
  • Remove the plastic wrap and transfer them to the baking sheet.
  • Bake for about 15 -20 minutes until the “snails” are puffed and golden.
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Normandy Apple Pie

My version of Normandy Apple Pie, with calvados and sour cream, of course.

Check out my other recipes with puff pastry.

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Normandy Apple Pie

Course Dessert
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Author Natalija

Ingredients

  • 1 sheet all butter puff pastry
  • 4-5 apples Granny Smith
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 Tbsp granulated sugar
  • 3 Tbsp Calvados
  • 4 Tbsp sour cream
  • 1/4 cup almond powder
  • 1 Tbsp sliced almonds
  • 1 tsp sugar powdered

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 380 degrees F. Thaw one sheet of puff pastry until room temperature. Roll the pastry dough into circle and transfer to a parchment lined baking sheet. Prick with a fork.
  • Bake for 12-15 minutes.
  • Peel the apples and cut them in half through the stem. Remove the stems and slice the apples cross wide in very thin slices. Add lemon juice.
  • Arrange the apples slices in an overlapping spiral pattern.
  • In a medium bowl beat the eggs with sugar. Add calvados, sour cream and almond powder, mix well.
  • Pour the mixture over the apples.
  • Bake for another 15 minutes.
  • Sprinkle with sliced almonds and keep baking for 30 more minutes until golden.
  • Remove from the oven and cool in the pan. Transfer to serving plate and sprinkle with powdered sugar.

Ice Cream Cake Iceberg

I don’t mean to brag, but as far as homemade ice cream cake recipes go, this one is the winner. The red berry coulis topping is the perfect balance between sweet and sour. This No-Bake Ice Cream Cake Iceberg is the ideal dessert to serve at your next party on a hot summer day.

Ice Cream Cake Iceberg

Natalija
My suggestion is to pick red sour berries for rich color and a sour taste. Drain the sour cream to avoid liquid.
Prep Time 30 mins
6 hrs
Total Time 6 hrs 30 mins
Servings 8 servings

Ingredients
  

  • 4 eggs
  • 100 g granulated sugar (50 + 50)
  • 1-2 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 300 ml sour cream
  • 100 ml heavy whipping cream ( 35%)
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 300 g red berries (blueberry, huckleberry, boysenberry, raspberry…) fresh or frozen
  • Some Fresh berries for garnish

Instructions
 

  • Separate egg yolks from egg whites. Whisk egg yolks with sugar (50 g).
  • When the sugar is dissolved add vanilla extract and mix well.
  • In a mixer bowl, whisk together very cold sour cream and heavy cream together until fluffy. Add sugar and continue whisking until firm (don’t over whip).
  • Using a spatula, combine egg yolks with whipped cream together.
  • In a separate bowl, beat the egg whites with a pinch of salt until stiff.
  • With a spatula, carefully combine egg whites with whipped cream.
  • You should get a nice fluffy cream.
  • Spread the cream evenly into a silicone pan or salad bowl.
  • Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 6 hours or overnight.
  • Rinse and drain fresh berries and puree until smooth. If you are using a frozen berries, place them in a leak-proof container and set the container in cold water for 10-15 minutes, then puree them.
  • Pass the puree through a fine sieve to remove all tiny seeds. Coulis is ready.
  • Remove it from the silicone pan and return it back to freezer until serving. (If you used a salad bowl, place it into hot water for a couple seconds). Prepare fresh berries for garnish.
  • Right before serving, pour the coulis over the ice cream cake and garnish with fresh berries.
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French Buckwheat Crepes with Mushrooms

Prepare buckwheat crepes and garnish them with this delicious, simple mushroom and sour cream combination. A French favorite!

Find other recipes on this site: the buckwheat crepes or the version with ham and cheese.

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French Buckwheat Crepes with Mushrooms

Course Main Dish
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 45 minutes
Servings 4 galettes
Author Natalija

Ingredients

Buckwheat Crepes (for 12 galettes)

  • 250 g buckwheat flour
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 350 ml water
  • 350 ml milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 50 g melted butter

Filling (4 servings)

  • 1 onion peeled and minced
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 400 g mushrooms cleaned and sliced or 2 jars of canned sliced mushrooms
  • 150 ml sour cream
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

  • Mix buckwheat flour with salt, milk, water, and eggs together. Add melted butter and whisk until you get a smooth batter. Cover with plastic and and let rest for at least 2 hours. When you are ready to cook the crepes, stir the batter before frying each crepe.
  • In a medium skillet, heat the oil add onion and sauté for 3-5 minutes.
  • Add sliced mushrooms and sauté for another 5 minutes.
  • Add the sour cream, mix well, and cook for another few minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Remove from heat.
  • Heat a lightly buttered nonstick skillet. Add 1/4 cupful batter to skillet and immediately tilt to fully cover the bottom of the pan with a thin layer. Cook for a few seconds until the surface isn't liquid.
  • Without flipping the crepe, place 2-3 Tbsps of mushroom's filling in the center. A 10-15 seconds later, as the crepe seems to be ready, carefully lift the sides with a spatula and fold them to form a square, or triangle.
  • Carrefully transfer the crepe from the pan to tha plate, and serve quickly.

Salmon in Puff Pastry

Who says you need to make a special dough for amazing appetizers? Thank goodness for puff pastry! It is so easy to use and you can buy it in the freezer section at any grocery store. I want to introduce you to this delicious puff pastry packets that are filled with salmon, sour cream and herbs. And can be served with any green salad of your choice. It’s great for brunch, lunch, or light dinner. This will definitely be on my holiday table this year.

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Salmon in Puff Pastry

Course Appetizers
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Author Natalija

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 medium onion
  • 2 tbsp sour cream
  • 200 g fresh salmon skinless, boneless
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • Some fresh dill finely chopped
  • 1 sheet all butter puff pastry
  • 1 egg

Instructions

  • Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add finely chopped onion cook and stir until tender.
  • Cut salmon into small cubes. Season with salt and pepper, add sour cream, cooked onion and fresh dill. Gently mix.
  • Preheat oven to 380 degrees F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Gently roll out the dough to a thickness of about 1/2 cm. Using 8 cm round cookie cutter carefully cut out circles.
  • Place pastry rounds on a flat surface, divide salmon mixture between them and spread one tea spoon over pastry, leaving a 1/2 cm border all around.
  • Brush pastry borders with water. Top with pastry rounds and press edges together firmly to seal.
  • Place the pastry packets on baking sheet and brush with egg yolk.
  • Make a small hole in the middle of the top of each lid. Use a paring knife to score the top of the pastry as desired. Be careful not puncture through.
  • Bake for about 20 minutes, or until golden.

Okroshka (Cold Slavic Soup)

Okroshka is a soup, mostly served in summer and always served cold. The ingredients are diced and then mixed with kvass. The ratio of chopped vegetables to kvass is similar to that of cereal to milk. There are tons of different okroshka recipes, but every okroshka must contain green onion, radishes, cucumber, potatoes, boiled eggs and dill.

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Okroshka (Cold Slavic Soup)

The word "okroshka" come from Russian word "kroshka" (crumbs) and means "made of crumbs". All ingredients must be finely diced.
Course Soup
Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Author Irina

Ingredients

  • 4 hard boiled eggs diced
  • 2 boiled potatoes peeled and cut into small cubes
  • 1 medium english cucumber peeled and cut into small cubes
  • 8 slices (300g) bologna finely diced
  • 6-7 radishes thinly diced
  • 1/2 bunch dill finely diced
  • 1/2 bunch green onion finely diced
  • 2 l kvass
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • sour cream for garnish (optional)

Instructions

  • Chop all ingredients.
  • Now is the time to turn the salad into a soup. Pour the kvass over the chopped vegetables and mix gently. Add salt and pepper according to taste.
  • Let the veggies soak all the flavors for about 2-3 hours in the refrigerator before serving. Serve cold with sour cream. Okroshka will taste even better the following day.

Cucumber Tomato & Green Onion Salad

Looking for a “quick” salad  to make? This cucumber and tomato salad is not just fast and easy salad to make, it is also a great summer side dish that goes perfectly with fish, potato, rice, omelet or just by itself.

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Cucumber tomato & green onion salad

Adding any other vegetables to this salad is not prohibited! Use olive oil instead of sour cream if you don't like sour cream.
Course Salads
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Natalija

Ingredients

  • 1-2 cucumber sliced
  • 5-6 tomatoes quartered
  • 1 clove garlic pressed
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • Some green onions chopped
  • 2 Tbsp sour cream

Instructions

  • In the bowl, combine the cucumber, tomatoes, garlic, green onion, salt and pepper. Add the sour cream and gently toss. Serve right away.

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