Kholodets, also referred to as studen, is a traditional Russian jellied meat dish, important to the winter holidays and celebrations. It usually comprises of fresh meat and cold broth-- hence the jelly effect-- and must be served cold in order to maintain its shape and appearance. This dish is often an appetizer, and accompanied by strong horseradish sauce or Russian mustard. It is also a very good companion food with vodka. However, if you want to make this dish, be prepared to spend a full day on preparation and another just to cool the broth! The making of true kholodets is really quite an art.