Ukrainian Beef Patties Sichenyky or Meatballs Zrazy


These sichenyky (patties) made of a combination of beef, veal, and pork are a favorite standby in Ukrainian homes. They are really worth a trial. The liberal use of liquid in the mixture keeps the meat tender-moist. Use this recipe for plain or stuffed zr


  • 2/3 cup dry bread crumbs
  • 1 cup or more milk
  • 1/2 lb. ground beef
  • 1/2 lb. ground veal
  • 1/2 lb. lean ground pork
  • 1 sm. onion, grated
  • 1 egg, slightly beaten
  • Salt and pepper
  • Sifted dry bread crumbs
  • Butter


Put the bread crumbs into a deep bowl, add the milk, and let the mixture stand for a few minutes. Add the remaining ingredients except the sifted bread crumbs and butter. Mix thoroughly. Season the mixture to taste with salt and pepper. Shape into flat patties, dip in the sifted bread crumbs, and criss-cross the entire surface of each patty with the back of a knife.

Lift each patty with a spatula and brown lightly on both sides in the hot butter. Other fat may be used, but butter gives a superior flavor. Do not attempt to cook too many patties at a time. They should not be overcrowded in the pan. remove the partially cooked patties to a baking dish and continue cooking the remaining ones. When all are done, cover them and finish cooking in a moderate oven 350°F for about 25 minutes. Serve at once with creamed mushrooms or any favorite sauce.

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