These zrazy are like the ones made with braising beef in that the minced meat mixture surrounds various stuffings.
The minced meat mixture is similar to kotlety mielone & pulpety – but zrazy are cooked differently.
You take a large handful of minced meat mixture , place the stuffing on it and then close up the mixture so you have an oval shape with the stuffing on the inside.
500g minced beef
1 beaten egg
4 tablespoons of semolina
1 onion chopped and fried
Salt & pepper
plain flour for coating
Sunflower oil for frying
500ml of chicken stock
1 -2 bay leaves
2-3 Allspice berries
Two stuffings often used are –
Pieces of bottled peppers
Sticks of Gouda cheese or similar
Pre-heat the oven to GM 3 – 160°C
Mix the beef, fried onion, egg and semolina together.
Season with salt & pepper.
Divide the mixture into around 6 pieces
Flatten out each piece and place the stuffing in the centre.
Close up the mixture around the stuffing to make an oval shaped ball.
Dust the ball with plain flour.
Lightly seal these by browning then in hot oil.
Place the zrazy into an oven proof dish – one that has a lid – so they are not touching.
Pour in the stock – enough to have some at the bottom but do not cover the zrazy.
Put the lid on and cook in the oven for 1 -2 hours.
You can thicken the stock that the zrazy are cooked in with cornflour or you can add other ingredients such as fried mushrooms and soured cream when you come to serve them.
Two shown here – cut through – one with cheese & one with peppers, served with a mushroom and soured cream sauce.
Served on Royal Doulton Carnation – 1982-1998