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Meat Patties Kotlety with Wild Mushroom Sauce

These juicy Russian meat patties or as we call them 'kotleti" are the epitome of comfort food done right!
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Course: Main
Cuisine: Russian
Keyword: kotleti, kotlety
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 6 -8
Calories: 664kcal


For the meat patties

  • 1 lbs extra lean ground beef 5% fat
  • 1 lbs extra lean ground pork 5% fat
  • 1 onion medium
  • 1 slice white bread stale
  • ½ cup /125 ml whole milk
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • oil for frying

For the wild mushroom sauce

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 1 lbs wild mushrooms of your favourite kind or better yet a mix of different kinds
  • 2 cups /500 ml double/heavy cream
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • flat leaf parsley


For the meat patties

  • Preheat the oven to 400F/200C. Soak a slice of stale white bread in milk for 10 minutes.
  • Meanwhile combine ground pork and beef in a large mixing bowl. Process a medium onion in a food processor with two tablespoons of water until you have a paste or grate it using a vegetable grater, add to the mixture. Add soaked bread together with milk, salt and pepper and mix well with your hands.
  • Scoop the meat mixture with a ⅓ cup and form an oval shaped patty, flatten it with a palm of you hand. Continue until all mixture is used up.
  • Heat the oil in a large frying pan and brown patties in batches to avoid overcrowding and steaming. Fry patties on both sides over medium heat for approximately 5-7 minutes, resist the temptation to flatten your puffed up patties for even cooking.
  • Put your browned patties in an oven proof pan in a single layer and cook in the preheated oven for additional 10 minutes.

For the wild mushroom sauce

  • While the meat patties are cooking in the oven it's time to make the mushroom sauce.
  • Heat the olive oil in a saucepan and cook the chopped onion over low heat for 7-10 minutes, add minced garlic, and minced parsley stems but reserve the leaves for garnish. Add chopped mushrooms, salt and pepper and cook for 10 minutes.
  • Add cream, bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to low and let it simmer for 5 minutes. Taste and add more salt and pepper if necessary.
  • Blend into a smooth sauce in a food processor or a blender or leave it chunky.
  • Serve meat patties with hot wild mushroom sauce and sprinkled with parsley.


Calories: 664kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 34g | Fat: 54g | Saturated Fat: 27g | Cholesterol: 210mg | Sodium: 540mg | Potassium: 846mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 1166IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 89mg | Iron: 3mg