|Associated national cuisine||Russian cuisine|
|Main ingredients||Chicken, eggs, onions, kasha or rice|
|Variations||Chicken and mushroom pie|
Kurnik (Russian: курник; "chicken pirog"), also known as wedding pirog or tsar pirog, a dome-shaped savoury Russian pirog, usually filled with chicken or turkey, eggs, onions, kasha or rice, and other optional components. Sometimes, pirog was filled with boiled rooster combs. This pirog originated in Southern Russia, especially in Cossacks communities, and was used as "wedding pirog" in the rest of the country. It is dome-shaped, unlike any other non-sweet pirog. In special cases, it was served to tsar himself. Even today, this pirog is served on special occasions in most of Russia.
In case of a wedding, kurniks were made for both of spouses. Husband's pirog was decorated with figures of people - this represented the strength of the young family. Wife on the other side, had her kurnik decorated with flowers - this represented beauty and kindness.
Kurnik filled with slices of chicken, mushrooms, blini, rice, eggs
- Jamie Oliver. Kurnik. Jamieoliver.com. 25 Jan. 2017.
- Вильям Похлебкин. Кулинарный словарь, Курник. Москва: Центрполиграф, 2007, ISBN 978-5-9524-3170-6 (William Pokhlyobkin. The Culinary Dictionary, "Kurnik". Moscow: Centrpoligraph, 2007; in Russian)
- Леонид Зданович. Кулинарный словарь, Курник. Москва: Вече, 2001, ISBN 5-7838-0923-3 (Leonid Zdanovich. Culinary dictionary, "Kurnik". Moscow: Veche, 2001; in Russian)