Citizens, Kurnik is a delicious and memorable dish of Russia, laden with chicken, mushrooms, herbs and a range of foods that were highly symbolic to the Russian people during their most important celebrations.
As noted on http://russianfoods.com/en/kurnik-chicken-pie/:
Kurnik is a Russian chicken pot pie, made with at least three fillings layered inside the dough. It was the dish of honor at most traditional Russian weddings. The symbolism of ingredients can be appreciated even today.
A display of wealth and prosperity, each ingredient also smothered in deliciously symbolic meaning. Chicken and eggs were thought to bring fertility, while flour and grain provided a solid ground for the couple to build a family.
Kurniks were baked separated for the bride and groom. In the bride’s home, the wedding pie was decorated with small figurines as a nod to a large future family. While the groom’s pie was adorned with flowers as a symbol of a cheerful and happy life.
The layers inside were another testament to a family’s financial status. Wealthy and noble families used rice and mushrooms, as well as fresh eggs and chicken. While those of more modest means used buckwheat or other grains and root vegetables.
To adorn the pie, pastry figurines were used. Blinis separated the layers inside, serving as a barrier to preserve the flavors, and as a symbol of the sun.
My version is very traditional and made as a member of the Russian nobility would have enjoyed it – using imported and rare Madeira for added flavor and as a means to impress guests of honor!
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