Potato and Mushroom Varenyky

    Potato and Mushroom Varenyky

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    Homemade Ukrainian dumplings filled with mushrooms, potatoes and onions. These are sometimes called pierogies or vareniki. This is my family's recipe.

    Ingredients
    Serves: 6 

    • Dough
    • 1 1/2 cups (375ml) milk
    • 2 tablespoons sunflower oil
    • 1 egg yolk
    • 3 1/2 cups (250g) plain flour
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • For the Filling
    • 100g dried porcini mushrooms
    • 1/2 cup (125ml) hot water
    • 500g potatoes, peeled
    • 2 onions, diced
    • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
    • 1 pinch salt and pepper to taste
    • To Cook Vareniky
    • 3 litres water
    • 1 tablespoon salt

    Directions
    Preparation:30min  ›  Cook:40min  ›  Ready in:1hour10min 

      Dough

    1. Combine the milk, sunflower oil, egg yolk, flour and 1/2 teaspoon salt in a bowl. You can use an electric mixer or knead the dough by hand until it forms a smooth, stiff dough. Shape the dough into a log, wrap it in cling wrap then set aside.
    2. Filling

    3. Soak the dried porcini in 1/2 cup hot water for 45 minutes. Meanwhile, cook the potatoes in boiling salted water to cover until tender, about 20 minutes. Drain and allow to steam dry for a minute or two. Dice the rehydrated mushrooms, reserving the soaking liquid. Mash the potatoes, adding the mushroom-soaking liquid to moisten.
    4. Heat the vegetable oil in a frypan over medium heat. Stir in the onions; cook and stir until the onion has softened and turned translucent, about 5 minutes. Stir in the mushrooms. Mix the mashed potatoes, onions and mushrooms; season with salt and pepper to taste. Set the filling aside while you roll out the varenyky dough.
    5. Prepare

    6. Cut the dough into discs about 1cm thick and 5cm wide. Flatten or roll each disc on a lightly floured surface to make a thin circle. Drop the filling by tablespoonfuls into the centre of each varenyky; fold the dough in half and pinch the edge to seal. Repeat until all of the dumplings are filled.
    7. Bring the gallon of water and tablespoon of salt to a boil in a large saucepan. Add the varenyky to the boiling water and stir once, gently. Simmer until all of the dumplings have floated to the surface, about 10 to 15 minutes. Drain well before serving.

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