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Vareniki: Slavic boiled potato & cheese dumplings

Update: August, 22/2021 - 10:16

Boiled potato & cheese dumplings 

 

with Chef Nguyễn Thị Bích Hòa from The Eastern & Oriental Tea House & Coffee Parlour in Hà Nội

 

 

Serves: 2

Time: 30 minutes

FOR THE DOUGH:

·         2 cups flour

·         1/2  teaspoon salt

·         ½ cup water

·         3 tablespoons butter

·         1 egg

FOR THE FILLING:

·         250g potatoes, peeled

·          Salt and pepper

·         3 tablespoons butter

·         2 onions, finely chopped and sauteed

·         ½ cup cottage cheese

METHOD: 

1.    To make the dough: Mix flour and salt in a bowl. Warm 1/2 cup water and butter in a saucepan, until butter melts completely. Pour this mixture into the flour, then add the egg. Once you have a dough, turn it onto a floured surface and knead for 5 minutes. Find a warm spot in your kitchen and let the dough rest, covered, for 20 minutes.

2.    For the filling: Dice the potatoes and boil them in salty water until they are soft. Drain excess water and mash. Add the cheese, onions, butter, salt and pepper.

3.    Back to the dough: Using a rolling pin, flatten the dough until it is less than 3mm thick. Using the mouth of a glass jar, cut circles of dough approx 7cm in diameter.

4.    Put one large teaspoon of filling in the centre of each circle and fold sideways so you have a semi-circle. Pinch and fold the edges of the dough together so that the filling will stay safely inside. If the dough dries out, use a little water to keep it moist on the surface.

5.    When you are ready to eat, boil a pot of water and carefully drop 5 dumplings in at a time, using a soup ladle. Boil for 2 minutes and drain. Serve with butter, chopped dill and sour cream!

Enjoy!

 

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