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Olga's Ukrainian Filled Dumplings
(Varenyky - Perogies)


For Christmas Eve potato and cabbage fillings prevail. The dough should be thin, but not too thin, and resilient to the bite, but not tough; the filling should be distinct, but not overwhelming, in flavor.

There are as many variations on this dough as there are Ukrainian cooks. Potato filling is by far the most popular for varenyky. Many non-Ukrainians are under the false impression that potato is the only filling for varenyky. Before the nineteenth century, however, the potato was scarcely used in Ukraine; varenyky were filled with a turnip and onion filling.

These half moons of dough may be filled with a variety of fruits, vegetables, meats and cheeses, although for Christmas Eve potato and cabbage fillings are the favorite.



Mother's Potato and Cheese Filling

Sauerkraut and Cabbage Filling


Posted by Olga at Recipe Goldmine 2/12/2002 8:13 am.

Source: Festive Ukrainian Cooking

Photo credit: (c) Can Stock Photo / olegd


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