Making Varenyky – Ukraine River Cruise:
A taste of varenyky or pierogi is a must on any trip to the Ukraine. These dumplings come with a range of fillings, including potato, potato and cheddar cheese, potato and mushroom, cottage cheese, blueberries or cherries.
Varenyky is a staple dish of the Slavic countries and many nationalities have variations of dumplings as part of their national cuisine, including the Italian ravioli, Polish pierogi, Russian pilmeni, Jewish kreplach or Chinese dumplings. Varenyky is also a traditional Ukrainian Christmas food served at their Christmas Eve Holy Supper. Varenyky dumplings are boiled and are very often served with onions and sour cream.
Varenyky cooking lessons is one of our Ukraine river cruise on-board activities and the chef makes it look really easy. First impression, the dish looks a bit bland, but on tasting it, I must admit that they are really tasty. Below is a recipe for potato and mushroom varenyky which is quite easy to make.
400g wheat flour
50g sour cream
200g mashed potatoes
80g mushrooms, chopped into little cubes
60g chopped onions
20g chopped fresh parsley
salt, pepper, nutmeg
- Mix water, egg, sour cream and seasoning in bowl
- Add flour and knead to a smooth dough
- Wrap in cling foil and let the dough rest for 30 minutes
- Fry onions and mushroom in butter and add to the mashed potato
- Season with salt, pepper and nutmeg and then add the chopped parsley
Assembling the Varenyky:
- Roll the dough to 2mm thickness and cut with a round cutter.
- Place a spoonful of the filling in the middle of the circle and fold the dough in half
- With a fork, press on the border to seal.
- Place the varenyky dumplings in a large pot of boiling water. When the dumplings float to the surface, scoop them and place onto a plate.
- Gently fry the onions in butter and sprinkle these on the Varenyky.
- Pour sour cream over the varenyky and garnish with herbs and serve immediately.