Thursday, February 26, 2009

Vareniki: A Ukrainian Food

Vareniki have always been a favorite of mine. If you live in Pennsylvania, you will see these and say "Oh, these are pierogies." Although, they are very similar, they aren't quite the same.

All you need to make these yummy favorites is:
4 cups flour
1 cup sour milk (substitute with 1 cup fresh milk mixed with 1 T vinegar and set for 5 minutes)
1 tablespoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda

Filling: This can be meat, potatoes, or whatever else you come up with. They are especially good with strawberries inside and cream poured over the top.

Step 1: Prepare filling. This time, I used 1/2 lb browned ground turkey (seasoned with onion and garlic) for some,

and mashed potatoes for others. Six medium potatoes will make enough mashed potatoes to fill a whole batch.

Step 2: Make dough. Pour flour in mixing bowl. Make a well in the center and add other ingredients. Mix together well. This will end up being a elastic-y dough. Divide into two sections.

**** Edited to add: This dough is very stiff, and can be hard to work with. If you need to, add a little bit more milk to make it more pliable.

Step 3: Roll out each section into a thin layer of dough, and cut circles out. I use a regular drinking glass. If you have a biscuit cutter, you could be fancy and use that.

Step 4: Roll each circle a little more so that it becomes an oval.

Step 5: Place a heaping teaspoon of filling in each oval.

Step 6: Crimp the edges tightly with your fingers, starting at the top, and then working to the corners. If the dough doesn't want to stick together, brush a little milk or water on the edges.

Step 6: Cook the vareniki. You can boil them, like I do most times (make sure you add some oil to the salted water so that the vareniki don't stick together.) for about 5-8 minutes. You can deep fry them, which was the way my brothers liked them best, or you can steam them(If steaming, they need to cook considerably longer).

Step 7: Serve this delicious Ukrainian meal. I like my vareniki plain. For an authentic Ukrainian taste, you can pour melted butter over the top. They are also good with ketchup or your favorite pasta sauce.


  1. Now this is a recipe I will try. Growing up, our next-door neighbor was Lithuanian and they best cook. We loved to play near her exhaust fan to enjoy the wonderful scents that drifted out. She made these with what seemed like a pork filling. A flavor I will always remember even though I haven't tasted in probably 40 years! Thanks so much for posting your recipe!

    I too, meditated on medicating on God's Word. How precious these words that came from a little girl in your class.

    I assume you teach in a Christian School. It is nice getting to know you better through your blog. Have a great day, Bethany!

  2. That looks really yummy!!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving such sweet comments. I hope to see you back there soon:-)

  3. That looks so good! I am going to have to try this for sure. Thank you so much for sharing such wonderful things!

  4. Those look so good. I make my own potstickers very similar to this but using wontons of course. I love anything you can eat with your hands!

  5. Yum! Just stopping by from SITS to say hi. Looks so yummy!


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