Pierogi have become so popular that we eat them everywhere in Russia, Latvia & all over Eastern European countries! To me nothing says more comfort food than these yummy potatoes and onion filled dumplings! Vareniki also known as Perogies is a staple Slavic dish for centuries. Although time consuming, they are simple to make with easy to find ingredients.
Once made, the dumplings can be frozen between layers of cling film until needed. Simply cook from frozen. Serve with melted butter and sautéed onions. The recipe has been in the family for generations, with a few alterations of course! Serve plain, or with butter, sour cream, bacon, etc. Perfecting the perogie technique takes time, and after a while, you will develop your own system. They're delicious garnished with some of the fried onion held back from the filling, as well as a drizzle of melted butter or a dollop of sour cream. Eat them as a side dish or serve with a green salad to make them a meal.
185 ml OR ⅔ cups buttermilk ( Kefir)
1 Tbsp sour cream
2 large eggs
2 cups warm water
1 tsp salt
840 OR 7 cups of plain flour + extra if needed
Butter for onions 50 gr
Butter for potatoes 100-150 gr
Salt & Pepper
Step 1 : Using your stand mixer, add eggs, buttermilk, warm water and sour cream. Mix everything together.
Step 2 : Then switch to a dough hook and keep adding flour, 1 cup at a time. Mix everything well and don’t forget the sides. Once you have used all your flour, test the dough. If its still wet, keep adding 1 tbsp of flour and mixing. Keep mixing it for 10-15 minutes, until its not sticking to the bowl.
Step 3 : Place the dough on a lightly floured surface and knead by hand for another 3 minutes.
Step 4 : Place the dough on a lightly floured surface. Then wrap in cling film and leave to rest for 30 min.
Step 5: To make your filling, add potatoes in a pan and boil them for 20-25 min. Fry onions with butter until golden brown. Once the potatoes are cooked, add butter, salt and pepper and fried onions. Mix everything well and set aside.
Step 6: Cover the dough with plastic wrap or a clean kitchen towel, so that it doesn’t dry out while you are rolling it out and shaping the vareniki. The dough is a beauty to work with. Make sure you add flour everywhere, so it doesn’t stick to your counter.
Step 7 : Roll it out into a thin layer and then use a biscuit cutter, a cup or anything in the circle shape to cut out circles out of the dough. It’s about 3 inches in diameter.
Step 8 : Add about 2-3 cherries in the middle of each circle. Fold it in half, pinching the edges tightly to seal, trying to get as much air out of the center as you can. Use a fork to seal the edges.
Step 9 : Usually when I am making vareniki, I make at least double the amount. They are kind of tedious to make, so I like to get a good yield of vareniki for all my hard work. In that case, I freeze most of them and they are a great treat to have on hand. To freeze the vareniki, I line a large rimmed baking sheet or a large cutting board with parchment paper and place the vareniki on top of the parchment paper in one layer. Place them into the freezer for at least an hour, until they are completely frozen. Transfer the vareniki to a freezer bag or a sealed container and store in the freezer up to 6 months.
Step 10 : To cook the vareniki, bring a pot of water to a boil. Add the vareniki to the boiling water and cook for 3-5 minutes. Then transfer them onto a hot pan with oil and butter and fry from both sides for 5 minutes until golden. If you are using frozen vareniki, do NOT thaw them, just put them in the boiling water right away and cook them a little bit longer, 10-12 minutes, not more.
Step 11 : Serve them with more caramelised onions, bacon or sour cream. Enjoy!
185 мл (Кефир)
1 ст.л сметаны
2 больших яйца
2 стакана теплой воды
1 чайная ложка соли
840 гр муки + экстра, если это необходимо
Масло для лука 50 гр
Масло для картофеля 100-150 гр
Вареники - кто же их не любит? Вкусные и такие сытные. Это национальное блюдо украинской кухни, там их делают, как и по всему миру, с разными начинками: творогом, картофелем, вишней, капустой, грибами и фруктами. А сегодня я решила сделать вареники с картошкой. Вареники с картошкой - настоящее лакомство для всей семьи. Можно подавать со сметаной, а можно с луком . Вареники с картошкой – это довольно простое в приготовлении блюдо.