Pronunciation: [sihr-NEE-kee]

Russian in origin, syrniki is a dish of fried cheese cakes that can be served sweet—sprinkled with powdered sugar and sour cream—or savory, topped with sour cream and herbs such as dill. Syrniki are made with a mixture of pot cheese or farmer's cheese, flour and beaten eggs, which is formed into cakes before being sautéed on both sides until brown.

From The Food Lover's Companion, Fourth edition by Sharon Tyler Herbst and Ron Herbst. Copyright © 2007, 2001, 1995, 1990 by Barron's Educational Series, Inc.

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