Cold cuts

Also known as lunch meats, luncheon meats, sandwich meats, cooked meats, sliced meats, and deli meats—are precooked or cured meat, sausages or meat loaves that are sliced and served cold or hot on sandwiches or on party trays. They can be bought vacuum packs at a supermarket or grocery store, or they can be purchased at a delicatessen or deli counter, where they might be sliced to order.


The dough is made from flour and water, sometimes adding a small portion of eggs. The filling can be chicken, lamb, beef, or any other kind of meat, fish, or mushrooms. The mixing together of different kinds of meat is also popular. Dumplings in Perm (west of the Ural Mountains) are often filled with mushrooms, onions, and turnips instead of meat. Various spices, such as black pepper and onions, are mixed into the filling.


A blin (pl. blini), blintchik (pl. blintchiki) or blintz is a type of thin pancake. Blintzes are thin pancakes that typically lack a leavening agent and are similar to crêpes, whereas blini are typically thicker and include a leavening agent.


Falafel is made from ground chickpeas, fava beans, or both. Falafel is a traditional Middle Eastern food, commonly served in a pita, which acts as a pocket, or wrapped in a flatbread known as lafa; "falafel" also frequently refers to a wrapped sandwich that is prepared in this way. The falafel balls are topped with salads, pickled vegetables, hot sauce, and drizzled with tahini-based sauces. Falafel balls may also be eaten alone as a snack or served as part of a meze (appetizers).


Kibbeh or kibbe is a Levantine dish made of bulgur and finely ground lean beef, lamb, goat or camel meat. The best-known variety is a torpedo-shaped fried croquette stuffed with minced beef or lamb.


The cutlet staffed with dill and margarine, very popular in Eastern European countries.Serve stuffed beef cutlets with mashed potato, french fries or rice.


Pirozhki is one of the best known Russian dishes. These small pastries filled with beef meat or mashed potato can be either a snack or a second course side.


Pirogies are stuffed dumplings of unleavened dough which are widespread in East Slavic (Belarusian, Russian, Ukrainian), Moldovan and Baltic (Latvian, Lithuanian) cuisines, and commonly found today in all Post-Soviet states. They are traditionally associated with the Ukrainian cuisine and considered a national dish of Ukraine.