FoodReviving a classic: How to make traditional patties from an 1854 Lithuanian Recipe

Reviving a classic: How to make traditional patties from an 1854 Lithuanian Recipe

Recipe for pastries
Recipe for pastries
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4:07 PM EST, January 10, 2024

Originating from the book "Lithuanian Cook", first published in 1854, these patties consist of yeast dough and filling made with a handful of simple ingredients.

  • About 4 cups of flour
  • A spoonful of yeast
  • 3 tablespoons of milk
  • A spoonful of unsalted butter
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 pound of beef tenderloin
  • 2 onions
  • 1 cup of broth
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Oil for frying

Procedure for making traditional patties

  • Sift flour into a large bowl.
  • Slightly warm some milk and dissolve the yeast in it.
  • Mix everything well and let stand for about 30 minutes.
  • After this resting period, pour the milk and yeast mixture into the bowl with the flour.
  • Add a spoonful of butter and begin kneading lightly.
  • Break 3 eggs into the dough, knead well to combine all ingredients, and let it rest for an hour.
  • Cut the meat into small cubes.
  • Peel and finely chop the onions.
  • Combine the onion and meat in a pot and pour the broth over them.
  • Cook for a short while over medium heat.
  • Continue cooking until all the broth has evaporated.
  • Season the meat with salt and pepper.
  • Divide the previously prepared dough into two equal parts.
  • Roll out each part into a flat disc.
  • Cut the discs into strips and then cut them in half.
  • Place the filling on one half of each piece, cover the filling with the other half, and seal the edges.
  • Heat some oil in a pot.
  • Drop the patties into the hot oil and fry until they turn golden brown on both sides.
  • After frying, transfer the patties onto a paper towel to drain the excess oil.

And there you have it. Enjoy your meal!

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