Juicy Kotleti-Croquettes { Котлеты }


Kotleti is a very common meat dish in the Slavic culture. It is a breadcrumbed meat patty that is fried. There are so many variations but the general idea is seasoned ground meat with soaked bread most of the time. I wanted to share this version of kotleti as the Ritz crackers makes such a wonderful substitute for bread that is usually called for in most recipes…

So if you don’t have bread on hand you know what to substitute now:) No worries you will not taste the crackers in the patties once there slightly fried or should I say seared and steamed in the oven. I highly recommend steaming them for extra juiciness. And of course thanks to my mother who is a fantastic cook and passed this approved and tested recipe down to me. I hope it becomes an instant favorite like it is mine:)

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I used half ground pork and half ground beef. (I know I left out the milk and breadcrumbs from the ingredients photo, sorry but it will be on the instructions so no worries:)


Place the crackers in a medium size bowl and add milk. Crush crackers until mushy and puree like consistency.

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Clean the onion but DO NOT remove the core; otherwise it will be very hard to grate without the onion falling apart. I usually just slice the top of the onion off and peel. Mince garlic or crush; add to meat mixture.

You want to combine all ingredients (seasoning, crumbs, garlic and grated onions) and form into about 2 inch balls. Flatten slightly and toss in 1/2 cup of breadcrumbs. Sear patties over medium high heat on each side until golden. Place patties in a Pyrex dish or any shallow baking dish and cover and bake @350 degree for 20 minutes.

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You may feel free to turn off oven last 5 min of baking and let them steam then remove from oven after 20 min.IMG_7689

Juicy Ritz Cracker Croquettes { Котлеты }
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Juicy Kotleti
Alyona's Cooking:
  • 1½ lbs ground pork
  • 1½ lbs ground beef (you may use any ground meat you prefer)
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1½ rows of ritz crackers (one whole package and then half)
  • 1 grated onion
  • 1 garlic clove crushed
  • ½ cup bread crumbs
  • ¾ tablespoon salt (just a little less than 1 tablespoon)
  • ½ tsp ground black pepper
  • 4 tbsp oil for frying
  1. Place meat in large mixing bowl. In a separate bowl crush crackers and milk until you have a puree like consistency; add to meat mixture.
  2. Grate onion into meat mixture. Then add minced/crushed garlic and seasoning to meat mixture as well.
  3. Combine mixture and form into 2 inch balls; coat in bread crumbs and slightly flatten into patties.
  4. Preheat skillet to medium-high heat and sear patties until golden brown on each side. You are not cooking the meat all the way through. They will finish cooking in the oven.
  5. Place all patties into a baking dish, cover and bake at 350 degrees for 20 min.
  6. Enjoy!


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