Vareniki are made with a simple noodle dough and can be filled with anything from meat to sour cherries. It's like half moon shaped stuffed dumplings. This is a new dough recipe my sister in law gave me. It's so soft and easy to work with. I really like vareniki with this dough recipe. You can fill with sweet fillings like strawberries and blueberries, cherries. Just add sugar inside it and no butter after you cook it. Just put it out to dry and cool for a little bit and then enjoy it.
1.5 cups boiling water
3 tbs oil
1 tsp salt
3 cups flour plus more for dusting
For mashed potatoes:
Yellow potatoes is the best
Heavy whipping cream
Boil potatoes is salted water until ready. Pour water out, add butter.
Add heavy whipping cream or half and half.
Taste if it has enough salt. If it's need more salt add vegeta.
Now mashed potatoes is ready to eat or make vareniki and pirojki.
For the dough put flour and salt in the bowl.
Pour slowly boiling water while mixing with the spoon.
Then when it becomes hard to stir, put the dough on the floured table and kneed until ready. It took me a few minutes. It's not too hot for your hands. Cover the dough with a bowl. It's better if you use the dough right away.
Cut a piece of of dough and roll into the strip. Then slice into pieces. Roll like 2 inch circles.
Add potatoes and pinch edges together.
Like in this picture.
Put in salted boiling water. Boil for 3 min. Take em out with a strainer. Put in the bowl add butter.
The way we stir it is trowing vareniki up and down to spread the butter.
I made meat pelmeni too. But for me this dough is too soft for pelmeni. I have a different dough recipe for pelmeni that I really like.
Enjoy with your favorite salad or ketchup or sour cream. The best way to enjoy it is with the caramelized onions.
To reheat put in the frying pan with butter. Saute on med high until golden brown.