How To Make Russian Meat Patties (Kotlety)

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russian meat patties kotlety with mashed potatoes

Russian meat patties a.k.a “kotlety” is a very popular Russian main dish.  Russian kotlety meat patties are made out of the ground meat mixture that is shaped into patties and pan-fried.  You can make these Russian meat patties out of any kind of ground meat: ground beef, ground pork, ground chicken or ground turkey.  You can also mix different kinds of meat for kotlety meat patties – for example, you can mix 1/2 lb of ground beef with 1/2 lb of ground pork.

The meat mixture for Russian meat patties is similar to the meatloaf mixture – ground meat is mixed with minced onion, egg and bread.  The recipe for Russian meat patties kotlety is a very easy, and these patties are very delicious.  If you like meatloaf, you will surely like Russian kotlety!

Russian Meat Patties (Kotlety) Recipe

Ingredients For Kotlety:

  • 1 lb ground meat
  • 1 onion, minced
  • 2 slices of bread
  • 1 egg, whisked
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1 cup dried breadcrumbs
  • 2 tbsp oil

Instructions How To Make Russian Meat Patties:

  1. Put bread slices in a small bowl with water.
  2. Put the ground meat in another bowl and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  3. Add the egg and onion to the meat. Take the bread slices out of the water and add to the meat.
  4. Mix the meat mixture with your hands until everything is combined.
  5. Put breadcrumbs on a plate.
  6. Preheat the oil in 2 large non-stick frying pans (1 tbsp of oil in each pan) over medium-high heat.
  7. With your hands, form the meat mixture into patties one at a time, put each meat patty on a plate with breadcrumbs, then flip and put another side in breadcrumbs, so the meat patties are coated with breadcrumbs on both sides.
  8. Put meat patties on the frying pan so they are not touching. Pan-fry for 7 minutes on each side (or until cooked through – no longer pink in center).

The classic side dish for Russian kotlety meat patties is mashed potatoes – read more on how to make perfect mashed potatoes.

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  1. I love kotlety. My grandma soaked bread in milk instead of water. It makes kotlety juicier. She also rarely used bread crumbs at all. Just fries them as is. Delicious. Thank you for posting this

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