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Varenyky (Ukrainian Filled Dumplings)















Trans-fat Free, High Fiber


Noodle dough
4 cups all-purpose flour
1 x salt
4 large egg yolks
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
14 tablespoons water
4 large egg whites
lightly beaten
8 tablespoons butter
Potato filling
6 tablespoons butter
1 medium onions
finely chopped
3 large potatoes
peel, boil, mash
¼ pound farmer's cheese
2 ounces colby cheese
1 x salt and black pepper
to taste
Sauerkraut filling
3 slices bacon
1 large onions
3 ½ cups sauerkraut
1 ½ tablespoons tomato paste
2 teaspoons sugar
cup chicken broth


*Rinse kraut and squeeze thoroughly dry.


In a food processor, blend the flour and ½ teaspoon salt.

With the motor running, add the egg yolks and the oil through the feed tube, then pour in the water, in a slow, steady stream, until the dough forms a ball around the blade.

Transfer the dough to a floured surface and knead until smooth, about two minutes.

Cover with a linen or cotton (not terry) kitchen towel and let stand half an hour.

Divide the dough in half and shape into two balls.

Keep one ball covered with the towel.

On a floured surface with a floured rolling pin, roll out the dough to a very thin sheet, about 1/16 inches thick, making sure it doesn't tear.

With a round cookie cutter, cut out circles about 3 inches in diameter.

Gather the scraps together into a ball and set aside, covered.

Have a bowl with the egg white by you.

Place a heaping teaspoon of the desired filling in the middle of each circle.

Fold the dough over the filling to form a semi-circle.

Brush the edges with the egg white and press the edges firmly together with the tines of a fork to seal.

Place the vareniki as they are made on a lightly floured large baking sheet about 1inch apart and keep covered with a damp tea towel.

When finished with the first batch, roll out the second ball of dough and make a second batch.

Add the leftover scraps of dough to the scraps left from the first batch, knead into a ball, and roll out for a final batch of varenyky.

Meanwhile, in a large pot, bring 6 quarts of salted water to a boil.

Reduce the heat to medium so the water simmers and carefully lower half the varenyky into the water.

Boil, stirring occasionally with a wooden spoon to prevent sticking, until they rise to the surface and are cooked through, six to seven minutes.

With a slotted spoon, carefully remove the varenyky to a colander and drain thoroughly.

Transfer to a deep serving bowl and toss with half the butter.

Repeat for the second half of the varenyky.

Potato filling:

Melt the butter in a small skilled over medium heat.

Add the onion and sauté, stirring occasionally, until nicely browned, about 15 minutes.

Remvoe from heat and cool slightly.

In a large bowl, combine the potatoes and cheese.

Add the sautéed onion along with the melted butter and mix well.

Season with salt and pepper and use for filling the varenyky.

Sauerkraut filling:

Sauté the bacon in a large skillet over medium heat until it renders its fat.

Remove the bacon and reserve.

Drain off all but two tablespoons fat.

Add the onion to the skillet and sauté, stirring frequentlly over medium heat until nicely browned, almost 15 minutes.

Turn the heat up to medium-high, add the kraut, and sauté, stirring, until softened and cooked throughout, 10 to 15 minutes.

Stir in the tomato paste, sugar, and broth.

Reduce the heat to low, then cover and simmer for 20 minutes.

Remove from the heat and cool to room temperature before using to fill the varenyky.

Use the reserved bacon as topping.


* not incl. in nutrient facts

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Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 367g (12.9 oz)
Amount per Serving
Calories 62841% of calories from fat
 % Daily Value *
Total Fat 29g 44%
Saturated Fat 15g 76%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 164mg 55%
Sodium 700mg 29%
Total Carbohydrate 26g 26%
Dietary Fiber 6g 25%
Sugars g
Protein 30g
Vitamin A 17% Vitamin C 34%
Calcium 9% Iron 26%
* based on a 2,000 calorie diet How is this calculated?


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