Russian Holodets is a cold meat jelly, traditionally made in Russia for the holiday table. This Russian Holodets recipe is a very authentic Russian recipe that has been around for centuries. Holodets is similar to the head cheese that you can find in many ethnic delis. Russian Holodets is eaten cold out of the refrigerator, and spread with horseradish or mustard.
Traditionally Russian Holodets recipe is made with pigs feet, cows feet or chicken feet – they are a rich natural source of gelatin and give Holodets its gelatinous texture. If you are squeamish about stuff like pigs feet but still want to try authentic Holodets, the good news is that you can still make Holodets without them. You can make Holodets with chicken legs (not feet) – in this case, add the gelatin to help achieve the correct meat jelly texture.