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Couscous and Salmon Russian Kulebyaka



      Couscous and Salmon Russian Kulebyaka

      Couscous and Salmon Russian Kulebyaka, the Russian savory pie, goes back in history as one of the traditional dishes of Russian cuisine.




      Dill Crepes:

      • 1 egg
      • ⅓ cup milk
      • 1 Tablespoon butter, melted
      • ⅓ cup cornstarch
      • pinch of salt
      • 1 teaspoon fresh dill, minced
      • 1 teaspoon fresh parsley, minced


      • 1 Tablespoon butter
      • 1 onion, chopped
      • 1 garlic clove, minced
      • ½ cup couscous
      • 1 cup chicken broth

      Caramelized Onions:

      • 1 Tablespoon butter
      • 1-2 Large onions, sliced
      • salt, to taste
      • 2-4 Tablespoons water or chicken broth (if needed)

      Kulebyaka Filling:

      • 1 – 1½ lbs salmon fillet, boneless, skinless, chopped coarsely
      • 3 hard boiled eggs, chopped
      • salt, pepper
      • ½ Tablespoon fresh dill, minced
      • ½ Tablespoon fresh parsley, minced


      • Quick puff pastry
      • A bit of flour for rolling out the dough
      • 1 egg + 1 Tablespoon water (for egg wash)


      1. Make the puff pastry and hard boil the eggs.

      Dill Crepes:

      1. Combine all the ingredients for the crepes in a blender and mix. You can also mix all the ingredients together with a whisk.
      2. Heat a nonstick skillet over medium high heat. Swirl a tiny dab of butter on the bottom of the pan. Pour about 2 Tablespoons of batter into the hot skillet and tilt the skillet to distribute the batter evenly over the surface of the skillet.
      3. Cook for about 30 seconds, flip the crepes over and cook for a few more seconds.
      4. Place the crepe on a dinner plate and continue with the rest of the batter. You should have 4-5 crepes. Set aside.


      1. Melt the butter in a small pot. Add the onion, season with salt and cook on medium heat for about 5 minutes, until the onion is soft.
      2. Add the minced garlic and cook for another 30 seconds.
      3. Add the couscous, and toast for about 2 minutes.
      4. Add the warm broth and bring to a boil. It should boil right away.
      5. Take off the heat and let it stand for 15 minutes, covered. Fluff with a fork. Set aside.

      Caramelized onions:

      1. Melt butter in a skillet. Add the sliced onion, season with salt. Cook for 8-10 minutes, until the onions have softened and are golden.
      2. If the skillet dries and the onions aren’t caramelized yet, add a splash of water or chicken broth. Set aside.
      3. You can also sliced mushrooms to the caramelized onions and cook them down together. Mushrooms taste really great in kulebyaka.
      4. The couscous, crepes and caramelized onions need to be completely at room temperature before adding them to the kulebyaka. While I’m waiting for them to cool, I usually chop the salmon, chop the hard-boiled eggs, mince the fresh herbs and prepare the egg wash. Season the salmon with ¾ -1 teaspoon salt and ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper.

      To Assemble:

      1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Line a rimmed baking sheet (18×13 inches) with parchment paper. You don’t have to use parchment paper, but it will be a big help to take out the salmon kulebyaka in one piece once it’s baked.
      2. Take out the quick puff pastry. Cut it in 2, with one of the portions being larger than the other.
      3. Roll out the bigger portion. It should just about cover the baking sheet. Place the rolled out dough in the prepared baking sheet.
      4. Start layering all the ingredients into the kulebyaka. Place 2 crepes in the bottom and center of the pan.Kulebyaka
      5. Place half of the couscous mixture over the crepes.Kulebyaka
      6. Layer the salmon over the couscous.Kulebyaka
      7. Place the caramelized onions on top of the salmon. Kulebyaka
      8. Sprinkle in the hard boiled eggs, followed by fresh dill and parsley.Kulebyaka
      9. Spread the other half of the couscous on top of the herbs and cover with two or three more crepes.Kulebyaka
      10. Lift the edges of the dough and fold over the filling by about 2 inches. Cut off the excess.
      11. Roll out the other portion of puff pastry and place it on top of the kulebyaka.
      12. Cut off the excess dough, letting it overlap the bottom layer slightly.Kulebyaka
      13. Seal the edges of the top and bottom layers of dough by pinching them together.
      14. Crimp the pinched seams. I used a rope crimping. The idea here is to keep the edges from opening while in the oven.Kulebyaka
      15. Roll out the scraps of dough and cut out designs to place on top of the kulebyaka. I cut out a fish and some seaweed.
      16. Poke several holes on top of the kulebyaka for the steam to escape while baking.
      17. Brush it with the egg wash and bake in the preheated oven for about 30 minutes, until golden brown.


      Recipe by Chef : Olga 

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