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Russian Holodets (Meat Jello Recipe)


Make this holodets for dinner, party, or any occasion. This savory meat jello is made with chicken, beef gelatin, carrots, and onions. This simplified Russian Holodets is tasty, nutritious, and made only with four ingredients.

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white bowls filled with meat jello

Aspic Definition

This meat jello is also called holodets, kholodets or aspic. It’s made of gelatin and served for holidays or some festive celebrations. It’s savory and it’s served cold with horseradish or mustard.

When making the original aspic recipe, it takes hours to complete this dish and includes preparations and steps ahead, like finding pigs’ legs. This recipe below could be made in under 90 minutes and enjoyed several hours later.

Recipe Features

  • This simplified version of the aspic is made with a lot less prep time.
  • It’s a nutrient-rich dish.
  • It is made in single servings.
  • This recipe is low-carb and gluten-free.

Key Ingredient

package of beef gelatin

Ingredient Notes

Beef Gelatin. The original Russian meat aspic recipe is using pork gelatin made with pigs’ legs. It gets the gelatinous texture naturally after cooking for many hours. Using beef gelatin in this recipe helps speed the process and get the meat stock set into jello molds in less time. I like to use unflavored beef gelatin from grass-fed cows by Vital Proteins.

Chicken Wings. I used chicken wings, but you can make it with chicken drumsticks or chicken thighs.

Onion . Vidalia onion adds sweetness to the dish, but you can use white or yellow onions.

Carrot. Whole carrots would work the best here.

How to Make Holodets

  1. Gather the ingredients. Place chicken wings in a pot and fill with water. Add sliced in half onion and sliced carrot. Bring to boil, then simmer for about 40 minutes.
pot with chicken wings, carrots, and onion

2. Once cooked, take wings and carrot out, discard the onion. Add salt to taste and let the broth cool down a little. Once cool, separate the meat from the bones, slice carrot in circles. Add gelatin to the broth while continually stirring and let stand for five more minutes.

strained meat stock

3. Take four small serving bowls. We’ll use them to mold the meat jelly. Add carrot slices at the bottom for decoration, add chicken meat, and pour the broth to fill the bowls.

five bowl with diced carrots and chicken meat

4. Set bowls in the refrigerator for approx. 4-6 hours. Once set, serve with horseradish or mustard on the side.

meat jello on a white plate

Recipe Tips

Is this your first time making a meat gelatin recipe? If so, here are some helpful tips for setting you up for success.

  • Boiling the chicken with the vegetables helps add flavor to the stock.
  • Make sure the chicken is fully cooked. The internal temperature needs to be 165 degrees.
  • Feel free to use other parts of the chicken or other meat to use for the base of the aspic.
  • Store any leftover chicken gelatin in the fridge. It will store for 2-3 days.
  • Serve cold with horseradish or mustard.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What is aspic?

Aspic is savory meat jello. This recipe uses diced chicken and meat gelatin.

How long does it take to set up the meat jello?

It will take around 4-6 hours for the gelatin to set up. I recommend making this in advance of when you plan to serve it up. That way, you ensure it has enough time to set up fully and hold the form.

Can I use different meat?

 If you want to use different meat for your meat jello, go ahead. Just use cooked meat before you make it into jello.

Is meat jelly healthy?

Meat jelly is a healthy dish for sure. You will find it can have an excellent source of collagen, protein, and nutrients.

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Holodets (Meat Jello, Meat Aspic)

Natalia-Flavorful Home
This is a simplified version of Russian holodets or meat aspic. This version of the recipe is really simple, still delicious, and nutritious.
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Prep Time 15 mins
Total Time 1 hr 30 mins
Course Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine Russian
Servings 4
Calories 185 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 pound chicken wings
  • 1/2 Vidalia onion large-sized
  • 1 carrot medium-sized
  • 5 tbsp beef gelatin
  • 6 cup water
  • sea salt

Instructions
 

  • Gather the ingredients. Place chicken wings in a pot and fill with water. Add sliced in half onion and sliced carrot. Bring to boil on medium-high heat. Once boiling, reduce the heat and simmer for about 40 minutes.
  • Once cooked, take wings and carrot out, discard the onion. , Add salt to taste and let the broth cool down a little. Once cool, separate the meat from the bones, slice carrot in circles. Add gelatin to the broth while continually stirring and let stand for 5 more minutes.
  • Take 4 small serving bowls. Add carrot slices at the bottom for decoration, add chicken meat, and pour the broth to fill the bowls.
  • Set bowls in the refrigerator for approx. 4-6 hours. Once set serve with horseradish or mustard on the side. 

Notes

Boiling the chicken with the vegetables helps add flavor to the stock.
Make sure the chicken is fully cooked. The internal temperature needs to be 165 degrees.
Feel free to use other parts of the chicken or other meat to use for the base of the aspic jello.
Store any leftover chicken gelatin in the fridge. It will store for 2-3 days.
Serve cold with horseradish or mustard.
If possible, use organic chicken and gelatin from grass-fed cows.

Nutrition

Calories: 185kcalCarbohydrates: 5gProtein: 19gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 47mgSodium: 93mgPotassium: 195mgFiber: 1gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 2638IUVitamin C: 3mgCalcium: 36mgIron: 1mg
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Natalia is a recipe developer, food photographer, and home cook. She started Flavorful Home to document easy real food recipes perfect for busy families. She loves creating flavorful and nutritious meals while keeping the cooking process simple and joyful!

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