Kutlety is one of the most popular Russian family dishes. It is served as a dinner entree, a luncheon dish, or even for breakfast.


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  • 6 ounces French rolls, crusts removed.
  • 1 1/2 pounds ground chuck lean beef.
  • 1/2 pound ground pork.
  • 1/4 cup ice water.
  • Salt to taste.
  • 1 clove garlic, finely chopped.
  • 1 cup bread crumbs.
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil.


  • Soak the rolls in cold water for 5 minutes, then squeeze out the excess liquid.
  • Tear a part the soaked rolls and mix thoroughly with the meat.
  • Add the ice water, salt, and garlic, and mix by hand or food processor.
  • Spread bread crumbs on a sheet of wax paper.
  • With wet hands, form 12 patties, 4 inches long and 11/2 inches thick, and roll them in the bread crumbs.
  • Flatten them with a spatula to shape into ovals a little over 1/2 inch thick.
  • Preheat the oven to 325F.
  • Heat 2 tablespoons of oil in an 8-inch skillet over medium-low heat and brown 4 patties at a time, 5 minutes on each side.
  • As they brown, place them into a baking pan and cover with a towel.
  • When all the patties are browned, remove the cloth, lower the oven heat to 275F, and place the patties in the oven. Allow them to ‘sweat’ for 6-10 minutes.