Tuesday, July 31, 2012

My Favourite Salad - Granatoviy Braslet


Introduction: Granatoviy Braslet is a salad that is shaped like a thick bracelet, studded with pomegranate kernels (seeds) popular in Nukus and all over the former Soviet Union.

The bracelet “effect” is achieved by placing a glass/cup in the middle of the salad plate and assembling the layers of vegetables, eggs, chicken, and walnuts ect around the outside. The glass is removed once the layers have been assembled and the salad is covered with fresh pomegranate kernels all around.

Recipe for a layered “Pomegranate Bracelet” Salad : Makes 1 large bracelet, enough for 8-10 people.

Using a coarse side of a box grater, grate the carrots, potatoes, beets, and eggs. Place on separate plates.

Put a tall glass in the middle of a large flat serving platter. You will arrange the ingredients in layers on the plate around that glass, and remove the glass once the salad has been assembled.

Begin layering the ingredients evenly on the plate in the following order. Sprinkle the layers with some salt, but take care not to oversalt as mayonnaise is salty already.

Ingedients:

1st Layer - Potatoes (3 medium) boiled in water until tender, and peeled and then Dressing (mayonnaise, or half mayonnaise + half sour cream (about 2 tablespoons, spread evenly)

2nd Layer - Beet (1 medium) boiled in water until tender and peeled (boil separately from carrots and potatoes) and then Dressing about 2 tablespoons, spread evenly.

3rd Layer Carrots (3 medium) boiled in water until tender, and peeled and then Dressing (about 2 tablespoons, spread evenly)and then Walnuts - 1 cup walnuts, coarsely ground.

4th Layer Chicken (1 medium skinless, boneless chicken breast halves) cooked in slightly salted water, drained, and shredded into thin strips and then Dressing (about 2 tablespoons, spread evenly).

5th Layer Eggs (3 hard-boiled eggs, shelled) and then Dressing (about 2 tablespoons, spread evenly).

6th Layer Chicken ( 1 medium skinless, boneless chicken breast halves, cooked in slightly salted water, drained, and shredded into thin strips) and then Dressing(about 2 tablespoons, spread evenly).

7th Layer - Beet (1 medium) boiled in water until tender and peeled (boil separately from carrots and potatoes) again slather some dressing all over the “bracelet”.

Carefully remove the glass from the plate. Generously sprinkle the salad with pomegranate kernels (from 1 large pomegranate) all around. Slightly press to adhere. Chill the salad in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour before serving, to allow the flavours a chance to blend.