Legendary Dishes | Griby v Smetanie Грибы в сметане (mushrooms in sour cream)


One of Russia’s traditional dishes made with indigenous ingredients,  
pan-fried mushrooms in sour cream 

Mushrooms play a strong role in traditional Russian food. This mushroom and sour cream dish is typical yet well known across northern Europe.

Our first version has a rustic pragmatic quality to it, and may be regarded as the original recipe. Traditionally this dish is fried, it can also be baked but generally there are no rules except the basic ingredients – mushrooms, onions and sour cream.

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Fried – Large

  • 1 kg fresh mixed forest mushrooms / oyster mushrooms / white mushrooms, chopped
  • 500 ml sour cream 
  • 400 g onions, cut into half rings
  • 5 garlic cloves, mashed
  • 30 ml vegetable oil
  • 1 tbsp dill
  • Black pepper, large pinch
  • Green pepper, large pinch
  • Salt, large pinch

If using wild mushrooms boil in salted water for five minutes, leave to drain and dry. Fry mushrooms in the oil for 10 minutes over a high heat, add onion and seasonings, fry for another five minutes at the high heat. Add the sour cream, cover and cook over a low heat for 10 minutes. Add garlic and half of the dill. Turn off heat, leave to rest for ten minutes. Serve, garnished with remaining dill.


Fried – Small

This version is mushrooms in a sour cream sauce, based on a roux.

  • 500 g fresh mixed forest mushrooms / oyster mushrooms / white mushrooms, chopped
  • 250 ml sour cream
  • 200 g onions, sliced, quartered
  • 60 g butter
  • 30 g white wheat flour
  • 30 ml water, heated
  • 30 ml vegetable oil
  • Black pepper, large pinch
  • Green pepper, large pinch
  • Salt, large pinch

Fry mushrooms in the oil for 10 minutes over a medium heat, add onions and seasonings, reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes. Make a roux with the butter, flour and water in a separate pan. Stir into the mushroom-onion mixture, gradually add the sour cream. Simmer for five minutes on a low heat, stir and cook for a further five minutes.


Baked

Fry mushrooms and scallions in butter until soft. Whisk flour into sour cream to make a loose batter with a few drops of water and some lemon juice. Stir into mushrooms, add dill and seasonings. Pour mushroom mixture into an ovenproof dish, top with cheese and bake for 20 minutes at 180°C.