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Vareniki Dumplings with Farmer's Cheese. A comfort food popular in Russia, Ukraine and Eastern Europe. Known as Perogies, Pierogi, Pirohy and more... Slather generously with butter and sour cream.

Vareniki with Farmer's Cheese

Vareniki Dumplings with Farmer's Cheese. A comfort food popular in Russia, Ukraine and Eastern Europe. Known as Perogies, Pierogi, Pirohy and more... Slather generously with butter and sour cream.

Course Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine Russian, Ukrainian
Keyword Vareniki
Author Peter's Food Adventures

Ingredients

How to make Vareniki dough

  • 4 cups flour plus ¼ cup extra flour for kneading
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup lukewarm water
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon oil

Farmer's Cheese Filling

  • 2 lbs /1kg Farmer's Cheese or Tvorog
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ teaspoon salt

Instructions

  1. Mix the flour and salt, place into a bowl and make a well in the centre.
  2. Crack the egg into the flour. Using a fork, stir into the flour. Slowly add the water while kneading, until the dough forms a sticky ball.
  3. Continue to knead the dough on a floured surface until dough is soft but not sticky. Knead the dough for about 5 minutes.
  4. Cover the dough with a bowl and allow to rest for about an hour. If you're in a hurry you can use after 30 minutes of rest, but an hour is best.
  5. While the dough is resting, prepare the Farmer's Cheese filling. In a bowl, mix together Farmer's Cheese, eggs and salt until combined.
  6. Roll out the dough about ⅛" thin on a lightly floured surface. Using a 3" cookie cutter, cut out circles. Re-mix, roll out and reuse the extra dough to make more circles. Cover the dough that you aren't using so it doesn't dry out.
  7. Place a spoonful of filling in the centre of the circle. Carefully fold in half and pinch to seal the Varenik shut. Careful not to have the filling touching the edges, or it will unseal in the water.
  8. Place the Vareniki on a tray and freeze for at least 30 minutes. Place the individually frozen Vareniki into a Ziplock bag for an easy dinner later.
  9. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Place the Vareniki into the water and boil until they float to the top, about 5-7 minutes. Frozen Vareniki will take longer. Serve tossed in butter and sour cream.