Recipe courtesy of Forte European Tapas Bar & Bistro

Vareniki (Russian-Style Potato Dumplings)

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 1 hr 10 min (includes chilling time)
  • Active: 50 min
  • Yield: 2 to 4 servings






  1. For the filling: Saute onions with oil in a pan until softened and brown.
  2. Grate warm potato into a bowl and add the sauteed onion, salt and pepper. Mix together to evenly distribute ingredients into a mash-like mixture.
  3. For the dough: Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  4. Add flour and salt to the cleaned bowl of a stand mixer and slowly mix. Add water and oil. Mix completely. Remove dough and work into a roll, then a log shape.
  5. Slice a thin piece of dough and roll into a thin 4-inch round. Place 1 tablespoon potato mixture in the center of the dough circle, then fold circle into a half-moon and seal the edges. Place on the lined baking sheet. Fold over the edge of the dumpling, like a pot sticker. Repeat with remaining dough and filling. Refrigerate for about 10 minutes to hold their shape.
  6. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add dumplings; they will rise to the top once they are finished cooking.
  7. For the garnish: Caramelize onions in some oil in a frying pan until golden brown and crispy, 5 minutes. Plate dumplings and lay caramelized onions on top with salt, pepper and sour cream.