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Koulibiak in pie dish

Koulibiak in pie dish

Koulibiak is a traditional russian recipe from, usually served in a flat puff pastry fish shape. Here is an easier version, in a pie dish.

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Last modified on: September 7th 2018

For 6 people, you will need:

How long does it take?

PreparationRestingCookingStart to finish
2 hours 16 min.3 min.1 hour3 hours 19 min.
Preservation: Several days in the fridge, covered by a plastic film.
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Step by step recipe

Stage 1
2 min.
Koulibiak in pie dish : Photo of step #1 Put salmon pieces in hot salted water with bouquet garni.

If your salmon pieces are not filleted, don't worry about skins and bones, it will be very easy to remove them when cooked.
Stage 2
5 min.
Koulibiak in pie dish : Photo of step #2 Cook over a low heat until salmon flesh become opaque (4 - 5 minutes).

Drain and leave to cool a little.
Stage 3
5 min.
Koulibiak in pie dish : Photo of step #3 Clean salmon pieces keeping only the flesh.

To remove the brown fat on back, use a knife.

Discard skin, fat and bones.
Stage 4
1 min.
Koulibiak in pie dish : Photo of step #4 Set aside on absorbing paper.
Stage 5
1 min.
Koulibiak in pie dish : Photo of step #5 Save time by cooking the eggs (hard boiled) in salmon cooking water.
Stage 6
10 min.
Koulibiak in pie dish : Photo of step #6 After 10 minutes boiling, remove eggs and put into cold water.

Remove eggshell, and put back into cold water.

When eggs are completely cold, cut in slices. It's a matter of taste, but you can discard the first slice, of white only.
Stage 7
10 min.
Koulibiak in pie dish : Photo of step #7 Cook rice in salted water with a chicken stock cube.

When cooked, add 2 tablespoons olive oil and mix well to prevent grains sticking together.

You can also prepare pilau rice.
Stage 8
10 min.
Koulibiak in pie dish : Photo of step #8 Break off mushroom stalks, peel the caps.
Stage 9
5 min.
Koulibiak in pie dish : Photo of step #9 And cut in small pieces.
Stage 10
1 min.
Koulibiak in pie dish : Photo of step #10 Put a knob of butter in a pan, add chopped shallot, salt and pepper.

Cook one minute and add mushrooms, mix well.
Stage 11
4 min.
Koulibiak in pie dish : Photo of step #11 Cook 3 - 4 minutes, add ½ lemon juice, salt and pepper, then check seasoning.

Leave to cool and drain in a strainer.
Stage 12
1 hour 9 min.
Koulibiak in pie dish : Photo of step #12 Prepare 400 g fresh spinach.
Stage 13
3 min.
Koulibiak in pie dish : Photo of step #13 Roll out the puff pastry, glaze on one side.

Put back in the fridge for one hour.
Stage 14
10 min.
Koulibiak in pie dish : Photo of step #14 After this time remove from the fridge, and put in your mould, the egg-coated side in the bottom.

It's a delicate operation because the egg is very sticky.

Press well in to be sure that puff pastry is in contact with the bottom and sides of the dish.
Stage 15
5 min.
Koulibiak in pie dish : Photo of step #15 Start the koulibiac: put a layer of salmon in the dish.
Stage 16
3 min.
Koulibiak in pie dish : Photo of step #16 Cover with a layer of rice.
Stage 17
3 min.
Koulibiak in pie dish : Photo of step #17 A layer of mushrooms.
Stage 18
3 min.
Koulibiak in pie dish : Photo of step #18 A layer of sliced eggs.
Stage 19
2 min.
Koulibiak in pie dish : Photo of step #19 A layer of spinach.
Stage 20
3 min.
Koulibiak in pie dish : Photo of step #20 Another layer of salmon.
Stage 21
3 min.
Koulibiak in pie dish : Photo of step #21 And finally a second layer of rice.
Stage 22
3 min.
Koulibiak in pie dish : Photo of step #22 Fold over the puff pastry to seal the koulibiac. Remember to leave a small hole to let out steam during cooking.

Refrigerate until the oven is ready.
Stage 23
30 min.
Koulibiak in pie dish : Photo of step #23 Preaheat your oven to 230°C or 446°F, and put koulibiak in for 20 - 30 minutes.

Watch for coloration, take it out as soon as it is golden brown.
Stage 24
3 min.
Koulibiak in pie dish : Photo of step #24 Wait a few minutes before turning out from dish.
Stage 25
5 min.
Koulibiak in pie dish : Photo of step #25 Cut thick slices with a bread knife (easier).

You can serve this koulibiac in hot plates with a slightly sharp sauce like a béarnaise or with a beurre blanc.

Remarks

When you make the koulibiak layers, don't hesitate to press each down to fill the dish well.

This recipe is not really difficult, but it's a bit long due as there are many ingredients to prepare. But most of them can be prepared in advance, the day before or so.

Salmon is not the main fish, the original recipe is made with pike, so you can easily substitute another of your choice.

Nutritional information

% are calculated relative to a Recommended Dietary Intake or RDI of 2000 k-calories by day for a woman (change to a man).

How much will it cost?

For 6 people : 8.19 €
Per person : 1.37 €

Note : These prices are only approximate.

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Source: Home made
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