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Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Vareniki with Mashed Potato

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. I have Strawberry Vareniki recipe posted too.

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
Vegeta, salt 

Boil potatoes is salted water until ready. Pour water out, add butter.
Mix well.
Add mayo.
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.
Add oil.
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. 


  1. Yum!!! that looks good I am inspired to make my own. Thanks for the appetizing idea.

    1. Enjoy:) This is best tasting lunch for the family:)))))))))
      Thanks Lana✿✿✿

  2. Can't wait to make this! How much potatoes, cream, & mayo did you use?

    1. For 10 potatoes use 1-2 oz butter, 1 tbs mayo, 2-4 tbs whipping cream. Hope you love it as much as we did:))))

  3. Looks really yummy... Will try tommorow :)

    Btw. I saw on that you are from Estonia?

    1. Yes, I am from Kohtla-Yarve:) Hope you enjoy vareniki:-)
      Thanks, Rebeca✿✿✿

  4. yum, love vareniki with potatoes.they look awesome.

    1. It's our favorite food:) Love em!!!
      (¯`*•.¸(¯`´•...Thanks, Nadia...•´´¯)¸.•´´¯)

  5. Wonderful I will try this recepie tommorow. I just went blueberry picking with the kids. :) love your website. Thank u dearie

    Natasha Kravets Bratkova

    1. Come back and tell me how your vareniki with blueberry turned out. I haven't made with blueberries yet.
      Thanks Natasha:-)

  6. Thank you! I love this blog! Every recipe is so simple. :-) ~ Natasha K.

  7. Hello Lea, I love pelimeni :) you said you have a different dough recipe for pelmeni that I really like, can you share it here or is there a posted recipe that I missed?
    Thank you!

    1. Its the same recipe like for chebureki with out vodka. I like the dough for pelmeni firm this is the recipe.
      3.5 oz warmed milk
      3 eggs
      2 tbs oil
      1 tsp salt
      3 cups flour


  8. Thanks Lea, I will try this recipe, I like the dough to be firm too!

    1. You are welcome:)
      I forgot to mention that this recipe does not work for pelmenitsa. Only make em by hand.

  9. Just Love your site. I've been looking for a very long time for exactly what you have!!
    Thanks Again I enjoyed and will be back for sure !!!

  10. I would add minced onions and grated sharp cheese to the potatoes

    1. Oh yes, it ill be delish. I love green onions and parmesan mix :)


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