Varenki

Vareniki- a russian dumpling, ravioli type meal
Vareniki- a russian dumpling, ravioli type meal

This is a typical Russian dish, filled with potato, onion, mushroom and cheese. Then boiled.

Dough

1 1/2 cups milk

2 Tbs oil

1 egg yolk

3 1/2 cups flour

1/2 tsp salt

Filling

1 punnet of brown mushrooms or if you can get dried Porcinni mushrooms

1/2 cup hot water

2 kg potato

2 onions chopped

3 Tbs oil

Salt and pepper to taste

Method

  1. To mix the dough, combine the milk, sunflower oil, egg yolk, flour, and 1/2 teaspoon salt in a bowl. You can use an electric mixer or knead the dough by hand until it forms a smooth, stiff dough. Shape the dough into a log, wrap it in plastic wrap, and set aside.
  2. Soak the dried porcini in 1/2 cup hot water for 45 minutes. If you are using ordinary mushrooms, just chop them up. Meanwhile, cook the potatoes in boiling salted water to cover until tender, about 20 minutes. Drain and allow to steam dry for a minute or two.
  3. Chop the rehydrated mushrooms, reserving the soaking liquid. Mash the potatoes, adding the mushroom-soaking liquid to moisten. (here I would add the normal mushrooms and use some of the potato liquid.
  4. Heat the vegetable oil in a pan over medium heat. Stir in the chopped onions; cook and stir until the onion has softened and turned translucent, about 5 minutes. Stir in the chopped mushrooms.
  5. Mix the mashed potatoes, onions, and mushrooms; season with salt and pepper to taste. Set the filling aside while you roll out the vareniky dough.
  6. Cut the dough into discs about 3/8 inch thick and 2 inches wide (1 cm thick and 5 cm in diameter). Flatten or roll each disc on a lightly floured surface to make a thin circle. Drop the filling by tablespoonfuls into the center of each vareniky; fold the dough in half and pinch the edge to seal. Repeat until all of the dumplings are filled.
  7. Bring water and tablespoon of salt to a boil in a large pot. Add the vareniky to the boiling water and stir once, gently. Simmer until all of the dumplings have floated to the surface, about 10 to 15 minutes. Drain well before serving.