Vareniki is a Ukrainian dish that is also very popular in Russia. Вареники [va-RYE-nee-kee] vareniki are half moon shaped stuffed dumplings (singular вареник [va-RYE-neek] varenik). Vareniki are similar to Pelmeni, and can be made with a variety of yummy savory or sweet stuffings. Some of the most popular stuffings are:
Вареники с картошкой [va-RYE-nee-kee s kar-TOSH-kay] vareniki with potato
Вареники с картошкой и печенью [va-RYE-nee-kee s kar-TOSH-kay ee PYE-chyen’-yoo] vareniki with potato and liver
Вареники с капустой [va-RYE-nee-kee s ka-POOS-tay] vareniki with cabbage
Вареники с грибами [va-RYE-nee-kee s gree-BA-mee] vareniki with mashrooms
Вареники с творогом [va-RYE-nee-kee s TVO-ra-gam] vareniki with cottage cheese
Вареники с вишней [va-RYE-nee-kee s VEESH-ney] vareniki with cherry
Lenivie or lazy variniki [lye-NEE-vi-ye va-RYE-nee-kee] ленивые вареники is another popular type of vareniki. This dish is quick and easy to prepare and certainly doesn’t take as long to make as regular vareniki.
Now let’s get to cooking vareniki with Potatoes!
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Vareniki with Potatoes Recipe
3 cups of flour
½ cup of water
½ tsp of salt
6 medium potatoes
3.5 ounces of butter
2 large onions
Oil for sauteing
Salt and pepper to taste
1. Mix flour with salt and make a well in flour. Add eggs and water, and mix well. Knead dough for several minutes until it’s smooth and elastic. Wrap the dough in a plastic wrap and leave it to rest for 15 to 30 min.
2. In the meantime, peel potato, cut it into big cubes and boil in salted water until ready.
3. Peel and chop onions and saute them in sunflower, corn or vegetable oil until golden.
4. When potatoes are cooked, pour out water, add 1.5 oz of butter and mash them well. Add a half portion of sauteed onions to the potatoes mixture, add black pepper to taste and mix well.
5. Cut 1/3 of the dough, roll it into a log, and then cut it into small pieces (1 inch wide). Using a rolling pin, roll dough pieces into thin round circles. Keep the rest of the dough in a plastic wrap to prevent it from drying out.
6. Place 1 teaspoon of potato filling into each circle and seal them by folding in half and pinching the edges.
7. Place vareniki into salted boiling water and boil for approximately 2-3 minutes after they come to the surface. Make sure to stir vareniki to prevent them from sticking together or sticking to the pan.
8. Take vareniki out with a perforated spoon, place them in the bowl, and add the rest of the butter and sautéed onion mixture.
9. You can also serve vareniki with melted butter or sour cream, or both, just like pelmeni.
Have you tried vareniki? Share your favorite recipe in the comments section below.