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Eastern European Kotlety

Rated as 4.71 out of 5 Stars

"While growing up, my Polish-Russian grandmother, who lived with our family, made these little meat patties quite often and they were a family favorite. Here is my rendition, from what I remember when cooking with Grandma, as she never wrote the recipe down. The patties were always served with mashed potatoes, green beans, applesauce, and, of course, plenty of ketchup for the patties."
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40 m servings 338
Original recipe yields 6 servings (12 patties)


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  1. Mix ground beef, cracker crumbs, onion, egg, milk, garlic, kosher salt, and black pepper in a large bowl until evenly blended. Shape meat mixture into twelve 3-inch patties about 1 1/4-inch thick.
  2. Heat vegetable shortening in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Sear patties until golden brown, about 2 minutes per side. Reduce heat to low and continue cooking, uncovered, until patties are no longer pink in the center, about 20 minutes more. Remove patties from skillet and drain on paper towels until ready to serve.


  • Cook's Note:
  • Grandma used to make these with Nabisco Royal Lunch Milk crackers...they have been discontinued for some years now. Instead, I used Heritage Mills Classic Lunch Milk crackers (made in Canada) which I purchased at my local Demoulas Market Basket store. However, any other similar milk cracker may be used in this recipe.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 338 calories; 18.7 18.9 22.2 97 620 Full nutrition

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Although I have not tried these it is basically the same recipe I use. The only exceptions are I use the trinity of meat: beef, pork and veal. I also brown the patties then put them in the oven ...

If you enjoy a plainer type of meat patty, then this is for you. I personally enjoy things with more flavor. I would try a recipe with a lot more seasonings next time.

The Kotlety turned out very delicious. What a great meal; it reminded me of my mom's kotlety.

Just like grandma made it

Made this recipe with turkey, came out great! If you are following in my footsteps, half the salt....