Russian Dumplings with Farmer Cheese Filling (Vareniki s Tvorogom)

Another childhood memory – vareniki. My grandma (babushka) made them often, and I loved to steal some cooked cold dumplings. This is a Ukrainian dish with various fillings. Reminiscent of the Polish pierogi, and can also be with potato filling.  In contrast to the pelmeni, the dough for the dumplings often prepared with fermented milk products – kefir, sour milk or whey.

Russian Dumplings with Farmer Cheese Filling (Vareniki s Tvorogom)

Yield: 5 (8 vareniks) servings

For dough:

2 cups of all-purpose flour
1 cup kefir or buttermilk (whole –  the best, but low-fat works too)

For filling:

1/2 lb. farmer’s cheese or ricotta (I used non-fat farmer cheese)

Mix kefir (or buttermilk) and flour and knead dough (using the dough hook) for several minutes until it’s smooth and elastic. Cover with plastic wrap and leave it to rest for 30 min.

Dust the surface with 1-2 tbsp. flour or grease with a little oil spray. Roll the dough into a long log and cut it into small pieces (about 0.4 oz. each). Roll each piece into a 3-inch circle. Fill each circle of dough with about 1/3 tsp. of the cheese. Fold circles with filling in half and pinch edges to seal.

Russian Dumplings with Farmer Cheese Filling (Vareniki s Tvorogom)

Place vareniki into a large amount of boiled salted water and cook until they float to the surface and water start to boil again – about 4-5 minutes. Carefully stir vareniki with spoon to prevent them from sticking together and to the bottom.

Serve vareniki hot with sour cream or butter. Add some sugar or spice (with salt) and green onion.

If you want to store uncooked vareniki – freeze them well. Lay the uncooked vareniki on a tray (floured or greased with oil spray), make sure that they don’t touch each other and put tray in freezer for half an hour. Then put vareniki in a container. Stored in the freezer for six months.

1 serving equals 220 calories
1 varenik equals 27 calories

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