I have had a life-long fascination with Russia. There is just something alluring, daunting, romantic, and beautifully tragic about Mать Россия, Mother Russia. They have the most interesting history, absolutely beautiful language, and a completely different approach to life than we have in the West. As a kid, I dreamed of living there as an American spy. I took Soviet literature in college right at the time of the Soviet Union collapse. I studied Russian language for years until I finally gave up completely beaten down by the grammar. My all-time favorite books are Russka by Edward Rutherford and Children of the Arbat by Anatoly Rybakov. And bucket list item number one has always been to go there. I don’t know if it’s remnant Cold War fascination or glasnost curiosity, but Russia to me is the beautiful enigma on the other side of the world.
With the mayo, this recipe is so Russian. And absolutely delicious. This would also go very well with sliced sausage, caviar, and hard cheeses if you want to go full out русский.
Russian Garlic Cheese
- 8 oz shredded Havarti
- 2 large garlic cloves, minced
- 4 T mayonnaise
- 2 T finely chopped green onion or chives
- 4 T finely chopped radicchio
- good pinch kosher salt
- good pinch fresh cracked pepper
Mix well to combine. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours. Serve with sliced pumpernickel or black bread.