Lazy Vareniki - Cheese Dumplings Ленивые Вареники
Recipe type: Main Course, Appetizer, Entree
Cuisine: Russian, Ukranian, Eastern European
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Serves: 2
  • One half pound farmers’ cheese (or ricotta)
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons sugar, omit if making savory dumplings
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • About ¾ cup (70 g) cake flour
  • About ¾ cup (70 g) all-purpose flour
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • Lots of water for boiling
  1. Whisk together the egg, cheese, sugar, and salt together in a mixing bowl just until homogeneous.
  2. Stir in the flours and mix lightly with a wooden spoon. Use your hands, if you feel you have more control that way.
  3. Sometimes, the specified amount of flour is enough to form a ball of dough. Sometimes, you need to add more. If the dough is too sticky, add one tablespoon of each flour into it just until you can form a ball.
  4. No need to knead it as if you’re making pasta or bread dough. In fact, the less you mix the dough, the lighter your dumplings will be. The dough is not supposed to be elastic and super smooth. If the exterior of the dough ball is still a tad sticky, dust your counter top with just enough flour to allow you to shape and cut the dough; nothing more.
  5. Boil lots of water in a large pot. You’re cooking these dumplings pasta-style.
  6. Divide the dough ball into quarters. Roll each quarter into a ¼-inch thick rope. Cut each rope into ½-inch pieces on the diagonal.
  7. Put 2 tablespoons of butter in a bowl; set aside.
  8. When the water comes to a full boil, gently drop the dumplings in. Let them cook undisturbed. Within a couple of minutes, they’ll float to the top at which point, scoop them out with a slotted spoon and place them in a colander. Rinse them very briefly with cold water. This helps rinse off some residual starch which makes them stick together.
  9. Immediately put the rinsed dumplings, which are still warm, into the butter bowl. Swirl the dumplings around. The residual heat in the dumplings will melt the butter and the swirling helps ensure that each dumpling is coated with the melted butter.
  10. The dumplings are now ready to serve with your choice of add-ins.
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