Varkenkiki are moon shaped dumplings filled with sweet or savoury fillings, the most common is potato and can be served with sour cream (in Ukrainian сметана), butter and fried onions.
This is a traditional recipe which has it’s origins in Ukraine, as does Lisa our amazing kitchen manager – we stand united.
Use wonton or Gyoza wrappers
For the filling
- 1 lb potatoes
- 2 shallots, diced
- ½ cup hot milk
- 4 tablespoons neutral vegetable oil
- 4 tablespoons butter
- 2 spring onions, chopped
- 1 shallot, diced
- 2 tablespoons caster sugar
- 1 tablespoon butter
- Salt & Pepper
- 1. Fry the shallots over a medium heat, until golden brown, then drain and reserve, for the filling and half for serving.
- 2. Peel and boil the potatoes in lightly salted water. Drain then reserve the cooking water.
- 3. Mash the potatoes, gradually adding the hot milk and butter until smooth.
- 4. Add the fried shallots and mix. Season to taste.
- 5. Fry the shallot over medium heat for 1 min then add the sugar.
- 6. To create your vareniki
- Place 2 to 3 wonton wrappers on a lightly floured surface. Brush the edges lightly with water. Place about 2 tablespoons of filling in the centre of each wrapper. Fold in half and press the edges to seal.
- 7. To cook re heat the reserved water and immerse the vareniki in simmering water and cook for 3 minutes.
- 1. Place the boiled vareniki in a bowl or deep dish.
- 2. Sprinkle with fried onions, salt and pepper.
- 3. Finally sprinkle with chopped spring onion and serve.
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