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1. This sour soup is immensely popular across Eastern Europe. While the red beetroot version hails mainly from Ukraine, there are many different forms this dish can take, such as those cooked with sorrel, rye, or cabbage. Served hot or cold, what is this incredibly versatile soup?
2. It wouldn't be a quiz about Russian cuisine if these little pockets of deliciousness weren't included. "Pelmeni" are a type of Russian dumpling made with savory ingredients, mostly minced meat and vegetables. The Ural and Siberian regions claim this food as their own, with it coming into existence as a preserved food. What technique was traditionally used to preserve them?
3. Olivier salad (sometimes called "Russian salad") was invented in Moscow, becoming the signature dish on the Hermitage restaurant's menu. The vegetables in the dish include potatoes, carrots, peas, pickles, and onions. Boiled chicken, eggs, or bologna can also be added, and more extravagant versions include smoked duck, capers, or caviar. The dressing is composed of wine vinegar, mustard, olive oil, and what base?
4. The Americanized version of this dish is cooked with mushrooms in its sauce and served over egg noodles. Other countries' versions have it served over rice or cooked with tomato paste. The original Russian version is described as using cubes of beef and a sauce prepared with a roux, mustard, broth, and a touch of sour cream. What is this world-famous dish?
5. The Russian word "kasha" refers to a porridge-like dish as well as the grains that are used to make it. Buckwheat is the most common, though the term can also refer to wheat, barley, millet, and oats. The porridge is usually made by cooking the grains in water or milk, later adding butter or sugar. When referring to the grains and seeds, which of the following English words could be considered a synonym of "kasha"?
6. Finding its etymology in Turkic languages, this Russian dish consists of skewered meat and vegetables grilled over a fire. Originally, lamb was used as the meat source, but beef, pork and venison are popular substitutions to use these days. The meat is marinated, then cooked over a "mangal," an open-air grill that has no grates. What is this Russian delight?
7. Okroshka is a Russian soup served with vegetables, boiled potatoes, boiled eggs, cooked meat, and various herbs. Its liquid base is a fermented beverage known as "kvass." Sour cream (smetana) is then added. How is this soup served?
8. Popular during New Year's celebrations, this Russian dish, known in English as dressed herring, is a layered salad made with many diced and grated ingredients. These include herring as well as boiled egg, potatoes, carrots, onion, and beets. The salad is dressed with mayonnaise. Due to its appearance, what is the colloquial nickname for this salad?
9. Though other species of fish are becoming more common alternatives, black caviar, such as that pictured, traditionally comes only from what species of fish?
10. Thin, pan-sized pancakes typically made with wheat or buckwheat flour, these Russian specialties are versatile in their use. One can top it with butter or fruit for a sweet treat, or smear it with sour cream or alongside caviar for a more savory choice. What is this world-famous dish?
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