Nesting doll Matryoshka is one of the most recognizable symbols of Russia. This funny appetizer is not only delicious, but also decorative and gives a party a Russian touch. To arrange the boiled eggs and decorate them as Matryoshka, carefully cut off at the wide end. For a sophisticate variation the eyes can be made of caviar.
|50 g (=1.7 oz)||cooked ham|
|2||red sweet peppers|
- Hard boil the eggs, cool them using cold water and remove the shells. Cut the flat end off and carefully remove the yolk. Put egg yolks in a bowl and mash with a folk.
- Clean onions and mushrooms. Chop finely. Save a couple of longer mushroom pieces to make matryoshka’s hair later.
- Clean red pepper, remove seeds and membranes. Save 6 big pieces for matryoshkas’ headscarves and 6 small pieces to make the lips. Chop the rest finely.
- Chop cooked ham finely.
- Melt butter in a preheated pan. Sauté onions, mushrooms, red pepper and cooked ham until tender.
- Add into the bowl with mashed egg yolks and mix well together. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
- Carefully stuff the mixture into the egg whites. Don’t let the "skins" tear!
- Place stuffed eggs on a plate and decorate as matryoshkas. Use black peppercorns as eyes, big red pepper pieces as headscarves, small red pepper pieces as lips and mushroom pieces as hair.
- For specials occasions use caviar as eyes.
- Use gelatine or raw egg white to attach the decoration.
- Use pieces of white or red cabbage leaves as headscarves.
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