Fried Potato Varenyky with Sauerkraut and Leeks

 

Varenyky Knödel mit Bratkartoffeln
Dumplings filled with fried seasoned potato cubes, onions, sauerkraut and leeks, served boiled or fried with sour cream. A variation of a Ukrainian national dish.
Course Entree
Cuisine Ukraine
Keyword Fried Potatoes, Maultaschen, Pierogi, Sauerkraut, Ukrainian dumplings
Region Ukraine
Servings 4

Ingredients

For the dough

For the filling

For the topping

  • 1 cup spring onions, parsley and dill, diced
  • 8 oz sour cream

Instructions

Making the dough

  • Sift flour, combine in medium bowl with salt, eggs, milk and vegetable oil
  • Mix by hand and knead into smooth dough. Cover bowl and let rest for 30 minutes at room temperature.
  • Divide the dough into 3 pieces. Roll each piece on a floured surface to a thickness of about 1/8 inch (3mm).
  • Use glass or round cookie cutter and cut circles of about 4 inches

Making the filling

  • Cut potatoes into small 1/4 inch cubes
  • Dice onions into small pieces
  • Cut leeks into 3/4 in slices
  • Fry onions in vegetable oil and butter, until golden brown. Set aside
  • Mix seasoning with potato cube, place cubes into pan, add vegetable oil, if needed, and fry until lightly browned and tender. Add leeks and fry for another 3-4 minutes at medium heat until crips and brown. Remove from pan
  • Mix onions, potatoes and sauerkraut.

Filling the dumplings

  • Spoon the filling into the middle of the dough circles
  • Fold circle into half to form a semi-circle and pinch the edges with wet hands. Make 10 dumplings
  • Place dumplings into freezer for 30 minutes or overnight

Cooking and serving the dumplings

  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Drop 10 dumplings into water and cook for 3-5 minutes until they float on the surface.
  • Remove from the water with a slotted spoon and lightly brush each dumpling with oil to prevent sticking. If desired, fry dumplings to achieve a crips surface
  • Sprinkle with spring onions, parsley and dill and serve with a side of sour cream
Adapted from allrecipes and 196flavors

Notes

Authentic Ukrainian Varenyky (related to Polish Pierogi or German Maultaschen) are usually filled with mashed potatoes and fried onions. This is a slight variation. Add meat, if desired.

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