Chicken and mushroom pie (kulebyaka) is a traditional pastry of Ukrainian cuisine. In fact, this is one of the types of a closed pie with a complex multi-layered filling that can combine several products at once.
Cooking a classic kulebyaka on puff pastry is not as difficult as it seems. The main thing is to follow the recommendations and not deviate from the recipe. Today you will learn how to prepare a Ukrainian dish with three types of filling: mushrooms, chicken, rice and egg.
Step by step method
We prepare the necessary products. Boil rice with the addition of ¼ tsp. turmeric. Hard boil 3 eggs and bake pancakes in a quick way.
Cut the mushrooms into small pieces, and the onion into small cubes. Heat the oil in a frying pan and fry the onion in it, and then the mushrooms. At the end of frying, add salt to the mass.
Sprinkle the mushroom filling with 1 tbsp. flour (for gluing), mix and give time to cool. Add boiled eggs, cut into medium cubes, to a plate with rice. Here we pour the chopped greens. We mix everything.
Lightly beat the chicken fillet with a hammer. We divide the thawed puff pastry into two parts and roll one of them with a rolling pin. We shift the layer onto a baking sheet covered with parchment.
We cut off a couple of centimeters from the sides of the pancakes, as in the photo. We spread 2 pancakes on the base and place a layer of rice on them.
Then again pancakes and a layer of mushrooms. After we spread a couple more pancakes, and on top of the chicken fillet. Salt and pepper to taste. Close with the remaining pancakes.
We roll out the second layer of dough and cover the future pie with it. Carefully cut off the excess dough - you can later decorate the cake with scraps. Seal the edges firmly. We grease the surface with an egg and send it to bake in the oven for 5-7 minutes at 200 degrees.
Then we reduce the temperature to 160 degrees and keep the pie for another 40 minutes. Such a dish can be prepared for any holiday or just at weekand.
Tips & variations
To minimize cooking time, prepare all the products in advance: boil rice and eggs, fry pancakes and let the food cool. You can make your own puff pastry, but then the cake will take longer to cook. It is much easier and faster to buy ready-made dough in the store.
A traditional kulebyaka is certainly oval, resembling a loaf in shape, since this shape facilitates cutting. But nothing stops you from making a round or square pie.
Roll out the dough not too thin and not too thick, because it should be dense enough not to tear during baking.
Pancakes are used not only to separate the filling, but also for moisture insulation, thanks to which the filling does not lose its juiciness.
If the filling, on the contrary, is a little dry, put pieces of ice in it - the ice will begin to melt in the oven, and the filling will not dry out.
Kulebyaka can be an appetizer that is poured with melted butter or served with sour cream, mushroom, creamy, mustard sauce.
Sometimes kulebyaka is the main course or addition to the first course - broth or soup, in this case it replaces bread.