Tvorog / Farmer's Cheese
June 20, 2008 6:53 PM   Subscribe

Tvorog = farmer's cheese: any good recipes

When I was in Moscow, Tvorog was a mainstay of grocery stores. It's not so prevalent here, and if you 'ask wikipedia' you see why. But I found a block recently at the grocery store. Does anyone have any very simple recipes including farmer's cheese? I have found some things online that I'm not really feeling, but I was wondering if anyone had any time-tested recipes or tips that they would "swear by"? Anything I'm missing, old family recipes?
posted by BlackStrapMolasses to Food & Drink (4 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I mash it potatoes and dill and bake it. Better yet, but it in crepes and fry it and slather on apple butter.
posted by gesamtkunstwerk at 7:09 PM on June 20, 2008

Сырники (syrniki)

500g tvorog (the more dry/solid variety is preferred -- North American variety tends to be wetter and chunkier in my experience)
0.5 cups flour
1 egg
2 tbsp sugar
Salt (add to taste)
Butter or oil for frying

Mix tvorog, egg, salt, sugar thoroughly in bowl. Gradually mix in flour. Form patties and roll lightly in flour. Fry on both sides. (Pictures (and instructions in Russian).)

For a sweeter result, add raisins to the mix. Can be served as is, or with sour cream, jam, etc. Most people enjoy them warm. I like mine sweet (more sugar and raisins) and served cold.

Oh, and depending on where you live, there just might be a Russian grocery store near you. They'll have the good stuff.
posted by Krrrlson at 8:30 PM on June 20, 2008

By the way, syrniki should be served with sour cream.

Not sure that I would swear by this recipe, but tvorog cheesecake (творожная запеканка) is really good. (Maybe we should be calling it "quark" instead?)

500g tvorog
1 egg
3 tbsp sugar
2 tbsp cream of wheat (maybe grits would work also)
50g raisins
1 tbsp vegetable oil
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp baking soda
a bit of vanilla
sour cream for glaze

Press the tvorog through a sieve. (I've also used a potato masher for this.) Add oil, egg beaten with sugar, cream of wheat, salt, baking soda, vanilla. Mix, then add washed/moistened raisins. Transfer to a pan, even out the surface, and glaze with sour cream. Bake 25-30 minutes until the crust browns.
posted by parudox at 10:39 AM on June 21, 2008

Er, sour cream was already mentioned. Whoops.
posted by parudox at 12:38 PM on June 21, 2008

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