I put Christmas in quotation marks because, like I told you before, Russians don't really celebrate Christmas. End of December, beginning January is still a holiday period for us though. This is when we eat way too much food, like the rest of Canadians do. Because... holiday spirit?!
However, the kind of food that you find on a Russian holiday table is quite different from a typical Canadian family Christmas dinner. Don't believe me? See for yourself! Here's a list of weird foods that Russians actually eat during holidays.
1. Holodets (meat jelly)
It's a cold meat jelly that looks super gross to an untrained eye. No Russian holiday is complete without it. Imagine making jelly out of chicken soup... yum?
2. Seledka pod shuboi (herring under a fur coat)
It's a layered salad that has the following order of ingredients: herring fish, mayo, onions, mayo, boiled potatoes, mayo, boiled carrots, mayo, boiled beets, mayo. It tastes rich, salty and fishy. The photo above opts for a more "creative" presentation of the salad.
3. Buterbrodi so shprotami (sprat sandwiches)
Sprat is a type of tiny fish that is usually consumed smoked. We like to pile it onto bread covered in mayo with a pickle, sometimes with a slice of boiled egg. It tastes way better than it looks.
Photo cred - photo.bigbo
4. Buterbrodi s ikroi (red caviar sandwiches)
Nope, these are not jelly sandwiches. They're not sweet at all actually. They're fish eggs (caviar) on top of bread and butter. It works really well together, I swear.
5. Olivier salad
This is a classic Russian salad that has pretty much every imaginable ingredient: potatoes, meat, carrots, pickles, eggs, green peas and, of course, lots of mayo! Don't judge a book by its cover, this salad is so money.
6. Solenia (pickled everything)
Mushrooms, tomatoes, cucumbers, cabbage and even watermelon - we actually like pickled EVERYTHING! It works vey well with vodka shots, let me tell you this much.
7. Zelen (greens)
We straight up serve a plate of fresh parsley, dill, green onions, etc. You just grab a spring and munch on it like a rabbit.
8. Seledka s lukom (herring with onions)
Personally, I'm not a fan of this one. It's just pickled herring, olive oil and chopped onions. Very salty, very fishy and bitter/acidic from the onions.
Photo cred - Gotovim vkusno
9. Salo (fat)
Although salo is a Ukranian dish, Russians also like to serve it at a holiday table. It's basically a slab of cured pig backfat. It's really salty and has a funny consistency. In other words, it takes time getting used to.
10. Forschmak (herring paté)
This dish has a Jewish origin. It's a puree of herring, eggs, bread, butter, onions and apples(?!). Forschmak tastes very unusual to anyone who isn't familiar with Russian cuisine.