10 Russian Recipes So You Can Eat Like You're in Sochi

The winter Olympics are a time to kick back in your fleecy sweatpants, pour yourself a beer, and celebrate the fact that curling is a thing. In honor of Sochi, we've searched out ten great Russian-inspired dishes to keep you well fed and culturally oriented for the next couple of weeks. We have beet and black lentil borscht, baked piroshki, and two different takes on stroganoff, among other goodies. Keep reading for ten ways to eat like you're in Sochi.

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Beet and Black Lentil Borscht

Oh so pretty in pink. (via My New Roots)

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Smoky Rose Veal Goulash with Caraway Seeds and Dill Dumplings

Goulash is a classic European dish with dozens and dozens of different interpretations. We like this veal version for its use of dill and caraway. (via The Kitchen Alchemist)

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Kale and Sesame Salad with Scallion Croutons

The scallion croutons on this salad are technically a take on a Chinese dish, but seeing as they bear such similarities to a Russian savory pancake, and seeing as this recipe is essentially crisped pancakes on salad, we thought you wouldn’t mind the cultural conflation. (via My Name is Yeh)

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Prune and Honey Cake

Russian prune cake with honey, sour cream, and chocolate chips — a delicious and culturally enriching experience. (via Natasha’s Kitchen)

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Baked Piroshki

You can stuff these Russian piroshki rolls with braised cabbage or sweet apples. A dozen of each, please! (Via Natasha’s Kitchen)

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Kasha, Beet, and Dill Salad

Cooked buckwheat groats (aka kasha) is a popular way to eat grains in Russia. Here it’s mixed up here with beets and fresh dill. Just lovely. (via A Pretty Life In The Suburbs)

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Beet Bourguignon

Beet bourguignon. Like beef bourguignon, but with beets. Get it? (via Green Kitchen Stories)

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Paprika Chicken Stroganoff

Stroganoff is a warm and cozy dish that’s Russian in origin. This light and bright version is made with chicken — and plenty of paprika! (via Mel’s Kitchen)

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Skinny Beef Stroganoff on Zucchini Noodles

Prefer beef? Here’s another take on stroganoff. Serve it up with zucchini ribbon noodles or with any pasta you have on hand. (via The Healthy Foodie)

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Mini Angel Food Cakes with White Russian Glaze

This mini cakes have a white Russian glaze and, while we are aware of the fact that a white Russian is not Russian in origin, we don’t think that’s a good enough reason not to make these. (via Climbing Grier Mountain)

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