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Lazanki


Lazanki was introduced into the Belarusian cuisine in the 16th century. The dish consists of pieces of dough made from wheat, buckwheat, or rye flour. Basically speaking, Belarusian lazanki and Italian lasagna come from one family. Belarusian cooks formed squares (triangles) from flattened tough dough, boiled them and pour fried lard with onions on top. During the lent, they put ground poppy seeds or mashed berries into the dough. Lazanki was also baked in pots together with meat or cabbage and stewed with sour cream.

Ingredients for lazanki:

  • flour
  • water
  • salt and sugar to taste
  • vegetable oil

Ingredients for the filling:

  • 70g smoked-cooked pork brisket
  • 100g semi-smoked sausages (called "hunter’s sausages")
  • 1 medium-sized onion
  • vegetable oil
  • 50-70g cream
  • 50g grated hard cheese

Directions:

The dough for lazanki is very much the same as for pelmeni. Sift flour, make a hollow it in, add salt and sugar, and a little bit of vegetable oil for elasticity. Pour water on it slowly; knead the dough until it gets hard and flexible.

Roll out the dough; the layer should be 1-1.5mm thick, cut out rhombs. If you are not pressed for time, let it dry a bit at room temperature. If you do not want to wait, you can dry it in an oven at 100-120 ºС. Put lazanki in the salted boiled water for 5-7 minutes.

Meanwhile, make the filling. Dice the pork brisket and fry it until the fat starts melting. Add finely chopped onions and keep sautéing them until they get a golden color. Put the sausages in and fry for another 3-4 minutes.

When the filling is ready, add the boiled lazanki with a small amount of water from the bowl it was cooked in. Add the cream and cheese. Keep stirring the mix while stewing. When the cheese becomes viscous, remove it from the stove, put on a plate and decorate with herbs.

Lazanki can also be baked. For that, take a ceramic pot, put the boiled lazanki and the filling one layer after another, add the cream, cheese and put it in the oven until it gets a golden color.

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