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Top 8 Russian Appetizers for New Year’s Eve Celebration

New Year in Russia is considered to be a family holiday, but many choose to have their New Year’s party in clubs or restaurants, or while being away on exotic beach vacations, or in the country setting with the company of friends. However, most often, it is still celebrated at home at the festive table.

The richness of Russian holiday table has always been impressive for the imagination of the foreigner. Variety of smoked fish and caviar, jellied meats and cold cuts, salads, homemade pickled vegetables, and mushrooms – appetizers are practically countless.

Unfortunately, with time, certain common appetizers such as sturgeon caviar became delicacies and often are out of reach for many. However, this has not affected the richness of the festive table – smoked meats, sausages, hams, and pates have taken their place on the menu.

Traditional New Year’s salads are “Olivie”, “Mimoza” and “Herring under fur coat”. A wide variety of salads is a must –  with meat, with mushrooms, with fresh veggies. Salads are usually served in large bowls rather than as individual portions.

Pickled vegetables and mushrooms are all-time favorites. It can be pickled cabbage, dilled and pickled cucumbers, and tomatoes, smoked and salted fish, stuffed eggs, mini pierogies and patties with non-sweet staffing etc.

Appetizers of the Russian festive table fit perfectly with traditional vodka that comes in a variety of brands and types, but another alcoholic, as well as non-alcoholic drinks, also complement Russian New Year festive table very well.

May each day of the New Year bring you pleasant surprises like the curled petals of a flower that spread sweet fragrance slowly as it unfolds layer by layer.

Still Life with Purple Flowers by Yelena Strokin (prints are available for sale)

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    Rosa's Yummy Yums
    December 28, 2015 at 7:59 am

    Exquisite! That Still Life is fabulous.

    Best wishes for 2016!



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    Angie Schneider
    December 28, 2015 at 10:01 am

    They look fabulous!
    Happy New Year!

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    La Table De Nana
    December 28, 2015 at 5:13 pm

    Happy New Year..and it is a gorgeous still life~

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    Shibi Thomas
    December 28, 2015 at 5:14 pm

    The purple still life picture looks so beautiful! I cannot take my eyes off of it 🙂

    Wish you and your family and Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!

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    December 28, 2015 at 5:27 pm

    Shibi, you should see it on a print!!!! It is my favorite!!!!

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    Zorica Pavlovic
    January 4, 2016 at 3:53 pm

    They look so good.
    Wishing you a Happy New Year with the hope that you will have many blessings in the year to come.

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    handmade by amalia
    January 8, 2016 at 10:34 am

    Who could bear to eat these? They are so gorgeous, Yelena. What a party!

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