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:)
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.
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.
- 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
- 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.
- Grate onion into meat mixture. Then add minced/crushed garlic and seasoning to meat mixture as well.
- Combine mixture and form into 2 inch balls; coat in bread crumbs and slightly flatten into patties.
- 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.
- Place all patties into a baking dish, cover and bake at 350 degrees for 20 min.