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Go for the gold with these Olympics snacks!

Here are eight Russian foods you can serve at your Olympics viewing party.

Russian beer is a great addition to your Olympics viewing party.
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Pickled cucumbers

Simply just pickles, you can find these on every Russian table before the beginning of a meal. They are a common starter, and tradition even decrees you should drink pickle juice if you are looking for an effective hangover remedy.


A yeast-based roll with a diversity of stuffing, these tiny pastries make wonderful finger foods. Customary stuffing includes sautéed onions, boiled meat, fish, hard boiled eggs, and boiled eggs with dill, sautéed mushrooms, onions, carrots, or sautéed cabbage.

Olivier salad

This party favorite is like a Russian potato salad. It includes hardboiled eggs, boiled potatoes, peas, dill pickles, and mayonnaise. Depending on your taste, you can also add chicken breast for more flavor.


These skinny pancakes are extremely adaptable. You can stuff them with anything from fruit to chocolate and cheese. If you cook them in oil, they cross over into blintze terrain. They are readily available in the cold foods section for recooking in the microwave or a pan, making them a cool addition to your party menu.

White Russian cupcakes

While White Russian cocktails have no basis in Russia, they do need a meaningful dose of vodka. To create an edible form of this drink, you can add an ounce of Kahlua and an ounce of vanilla vodka to ordinary cupcake batter. Also, add four teaspoons of Kahlua to butter cream icing to finish off the dessert.


Tea culture is popular in Russia, ever since a 17th century Tsar received tea leaves as an ambassadorial offering. If you desire customary Russian tea, organize boiling water and concentrated black tea in a samovar (heated metallic container that pretty much looks like a trophy or an urn) and mix in some strawberry jam.

Russian beer

Beer only recently received a classification as alcohol in Russia at the start of 2013, but Kvass, a fermented drink made from rye bread, is one of the original forerunners of beer. It comprises 1.2% alcohol, so if you are looking for a sturdier brew, try Russian imperial stouts at 8.5% to 15% alcohol by volume.


As the favorite drink of Russia, you should have vodka at your Olympics party. If you are in the mood for real Russian vodka, try Russian Standard, based on the recipe of Dmitri Mendeleev, the inventor of the periodic table.

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