Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Vareniki (Ukrainian dumplings)

These are close to the version my two older kids' Ukrainian grandfather makes and are SUPER YUM!

Vareniki!

Dough:
1/2 tbsp sea salt
1 cup plain flour
1 tsp vegetable oil
1/2 cup water
1 egg

Stir egg and oil together. Add in flour & salt and stir to combine. Add water a bit at a time 'til mixture forms a rough dough. Turn onto lightly floured surface and knead till smooth and elastic (takes about 2 minutes). Or, just throw all ingredients into a food processor and whizz 'til soft and pliable.

Filling:

3 med. potatoes, boiled
1 tbsp. butter
2 tbsp. cream cheese
salt to taste

Mash all ingredients together. I don't actually measure when I'm making the filling, so I'm guessing on how much butter and cream cheese I use; adjust to your own taste.

Roll out dough on lightly floured (or oiled) surface 'til nice and thin. Then, use a biscuit or perogi cutter to make flat rounds of dough. Fill with approx. 1 tbsp. of filling, fold over and seal by squeezing edges together.

Drop several at a time into a pot of boiling water and simmer for a few minutes. They should float a bit when done.

This is the sauce that I always had on them:

Sauce:

1 med. onion, diced
enough olive oil to cover onions in pan

Put diced onions in pan, cover with olive oil. Fry on med. heat until onions begin to brown and carmelize. Stir occasionally, not constantly. Drizzle over cooked vareniki.

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April said...

I can't wait to try these recipes!! They were sooo good! The sauted onions on the top were just the yummiest ever too. Mmmm. I think I chose the worst week to do a cleanse... I'm making these next week for sure. :)

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