BELARUS- Draniki and Raspberry Applesauce

Welcome to Around the World Chopped! Today’s theme, Belarus! I am your host, Dud Williams and now we welcome our contestants! First there is Jim Deikelwich, who absolutely knows nothing about cooking, and finally Jack Dennison, who absolutely knows everything about cooking! Alrighty chaps! Open your baskets!

For this dish, you must use:

Frozen Raspberries, Greek Yogurt, Potatoes, and Apples!

1 hour on the clock, go! Lets see what Jim is doing.

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“What is cooking? Anyways I mush the Apples and Raspberries and stir in the Sour Cream. I am planning to make Chicken and Hummus, which is amazing and everyone loves it. Everyone! So I’ve seen my mentor, Jack Dennison

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put potatoes in a pot and boil the water for 20 minutes, so that is what I will do. After that, I peel it and stir it in with the Apples and the Sour Cream to make a Potato-y sauce, you know what I mean? I’m rockin’ and rollin’!”

And now let’s look at a slightly more experienced person, Jack!

“I am going to make Draniki and Raspberry Applesauce…”

Draniki and Raspberry Applesauce


(Applesauce not shown)

You will need…

3 1/2 pounds apples (That’s alot!)

26 ounces frozen raspberries (Same there!)

3/4 cup unsweetened apple juice,

1 tbsp of lemon juice (Tip: Don’t make lemonade),

5 potatoes (ALOT!),

1/2 cup of greek yogurt (Greekify Everything!),

1/2 cup of wheat flour (I feel like we are on a trend of specific types of flour),

1/2 tablespoon of salt,

And veggie oil!


“…The reason why I pick this is that my mother has a friend from Belarus, who told me about this recipe. I tried it, and loved it! So hopefully it will please these chefs! So first I use the Apple corer to core the apples and slice them,

and then I add them to a pot! I also add the raspberries, apple juice, and lemon juice! And then I let it simmer for a bit with a lid on, about 30 minutes. Meanwhile, I have to make the Drakini. First I have to peel and grate 5 potatoes. This is going to take a while…”

Alright, let’s meet our judges! We pulled them of the streets of Minsk, the capital of Belarus! There is Tim Smith,

“Hello! I am a tourist!”

Danik Himburg,

“I know English little!”

And finally, Aksana Spasky!

Почему я здесь?”

Now, let’s go back to the chase. Let’s see what Jim is doi- OH MY! THE CHICKEN IS BURNING!

“You see, I was just cooking the chicken, and unnecessarily stirring up the hummus for a while, and I turned around and saw a black chicken! I guess I could mush it up and put it in the hummus! New plan! Chicken and Apple hummus on a cracker!

Um, okay, let’s check on Jack,

“Well! I have finished grating my potatoes, and I am really exhausted! But I must go on! I stir in the egg and the greek yogurt! And then I add the flour!


Hooph! And then… I add the salt! I take a little break but that’s it! I have to get them on the large pan! I pour 2 tbsp of veggie oil and I put potato pancake sized portions of the batter on the pan which I previously put oil on!”

30 minutes left!

“Alright, now I have to remove the lid of the applesauce pot, done. Now to wait 10 more minutes.


Now the Draniki is perfect so I flip it. I wait until that is nice and brown on either side and take it off the stove.


And now, another batch. I put 2 more tablespoons of oil on and do the same thing as earlier.”

And now we check on Jim. Phew! Nothing bad happened.

“That’s because I am all done! The rest of the 25 minutes is perfecting the presentation! I need a ruler”

Let’s see what Jack is up to.

“The Dranikis are done and they look delicious. But there is only one problem. I don’t know where I could heat it. I find the micro ov”

Commercial Break

Welcome back from our commercial break. Let’s go to Jim

“Dang it! 1 millimeter off!”

Or maybe Jack!

“The warming oven works perfectly!”

5 minutes!

“Okay, I think that it’s cool enough! I use an immersion blender to puree the applesauce and BAM! Perfect!”


Down to one minute!

“I take the Draniki out of the warming oven and put 3 on each plate. I add a bit of the applesauce for a nice touch”

Ten, Nine, Eight, Seven, Six, Five, Four, Three, Two, One! Time’s Up! Step back! And the judges are clapping their hands. The contestants are walking over to the table and Aksana looks worried, I wonder why? First, let’s see what Jim made.

“I made Chicken and Apple Hummus on a Cracker! Enjoy!”

“Well Jim,” Tim says, tasting it, “This is extremely creative. And it was put perfectly on the plate. The only problem is it tastes terrible!”

“Yes,” Danik agrees while scrunching up his nose, “Taste very bad!”

Wait! Aksana is trying to escape! The other judges hold her down.

Это ужасно! О. Боже! Помоги мне!” She screams. 

Um, okay… Jack! Tell us what you have!

“I have Drakini and Raspberry Applesauce!”

All three judges are nodding their heads while they eat.

“Wow.” Tim speaks first, “This… is incredible! I have never tasted a potato pancake this good!”

Then Danik talks, “Wow, this is so delicious I can speak in fluent English now!”

And finally, Aksana

Вы знаете, это напоминает мне, когда я был ребенком. Моя мама всегда делать этот вкусный драники и это не было лучшим драники… пока твое. Это выполнил свои мечты. Пожалуйста, сэр, я хотел бы знать рецепт!” Tears are welling in her eyes, and Danik shed a tear as well.

“She wants the recipes!” He translates

“Give me a day, ok?” Jack replies.

Well, the obvious Chopped winner is….. Jack Dennison!!!!!

Draniki = 89/100

Raspberry Applesauce= 87/100




  • 3 1/2 pounds (1587 grams) apples
  • 26 ounces (750 grams) frozen raspberries
  • 3/4 cup (177ml) unsweetened apple juice, optional1
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice


  1. Core each apple (do not peel!) and cut into about 6 pieces. Add the apples, frozen raspberries (thawed or frozen), apple juice, if using, and lemon juice to a large pot. Bring to a boil and continue to simmer, partially covered, for about 30 minutes. Remove the lid and simmer for another 10.
  2. Remove from the heat and let cool for about 20 minutes and then use an immersion blender to puree it. Cool and store in the fridge for up to 4 days. Freeze any leftovers after that.

Draniki (Aksana Approved!)


5 medium-sized potatoes
1 egg
½ cup kefir (which you might find in an Eastern Europe food store near you, or replace with a sour yoghurt)
½ cup wheat flour
½ tsp salt
Vegetable oil
3/4 cup smetana/sour cream

Serves 2 as a main course, 3 as a side dish


Peel the potatoes and grate them on a medium grater (don’t use blender; you can do it with a good old hand grater, just 5 potatoes, that’s nothing!). Leave the potatoes to drain in a fine sieve for a couple of minutes (we don’t want any excess liquid).

In a bowl, mix grated potatoes, egg, and kefir. Stir well and add the flour. Season with salt.

Take a large frying pan (the larger the pan, the more pancakes you can cook at a time, that’s why), pour two tablespoons oil, and bring to heat. Fry the pancakes over a medium heat until golden-brown on both sides.

Make sure you add some oil every time you place a new batch of pancakes on the pan. And it is much faster to cook the pancakes on two pans at a time!

You should absolutely serve Draniki with smetana/sour cream or, if you’re not going out after meals, make a cup of garlic sauce to them!

6 thoughts on “BELARUS- Draniki and Raspberry Applesauce

  1. Jack, looks and sound Delish!!
    Love your descriptions, very creative.
    Good job, as always. I agree with my friend Trish, wish you lived closer and could cook forme 😍💕


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