Friday, February 11, 2011


The most popular and most common food made is the varenyk, or perogi, as most of you know them.  The varenyk is actually from the root to boil, or "varyty", hence, varenyky.  This dish is very common in the Ukrainian community, and very common during the holidays.  I found my recipe from a blog that I received from Facebook: 

It was similar to what my mother would make.  It was fantastic, easy (as easy as varenyky could be :-)), and fun!  Most all of the recipe would be in your pantry, except maybe the potato? 

This was the first holiday we invited my in-laws to, and it was great...yes, I am late...too many recipes, not enough time!!!

Varenyky Dough

2 1/2 c. flour
1 c. water
1/2 tsp salt

Mix everything in a KitchenAid.  Roll it out as you would cookie dough.  It may be difficult...actually it will probably be difficult, as it likes to snap back while you are rolling...stay with it, you are doing well!  Once you have rolled it out to about 1/4 inch, if not less, take a round cookie cutter or large glass and create round pieces.

Varenyky Filling

Mashed Potatoes (only the potatoes, nothing else)
1 T. butter
1 T. milk
Salt and Pepper

Take the dough, put approximately 1 T. of filling in the middle and pinch the edges to make a half moon shape.  Make sure they are as well put together as possible.  It is possible that you will have a few that open up in the water when they are boiling...don't be sad, it happens...I was happy that it only happened for about 10% of the total that I made...that was FANTASTIC!!!

Once you make the varenyk, place them in a cookie sheet covered with parchment paper...this is very important...otherwise, they can stick, and then you lose a lot more than 10%...if it is cold, put them outside until they are frozen...otherwise, put them in the freezer.  Once frozen, you can keep them on a freezer bag and keep for weeks...

1 comment:

  1. that sounds easy and yum, totally gonna make them!!thanks:)Monika