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Cottage Cheese Varenikje
This recipe is taken from the recipe book Mennonite Foods and Folkways
from South Russia by Norma Jost Voth.
Ingredients for Dough:
- 2 1/2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp. salt
- 3 egg whites
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1/2 cup half-and-half
Ingredients for Cottage Cheese Filling:
- 2 1/2 cups dry or bakers' cottage cheese
- 3 egg yolks
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- dash cinnamon
- 1 tsp. minced onion
-To make Cream Gravy, combine 2-3 Tbsp. butter with 1 cup of heavy
sour cream. Warm over medium heat. Serve on Varenikje.
- In a deep bowl combine flour and salt. Make a well in the center. Add
egg whites and liquid. Knead together. Turn out onto floured board and
knead until dough is smooth. Too much kneading can toughen dough. Divide
into two parts. Cover and let stand in refrigerator all morning or all
- Prepare cottage cheese filling by mixing all ingredients. Set aside.
Roll dough very thin on a lightly floured board. Cut round with a 3-inch
biscuit cutter or with open end of a glass. Place a spoonful of filling in
the center. Moisten edges with water or use a little flour and pinch edges
together to make a secure seal.
- Drop a few Varenikje at a time into a large kettle of rapidly boiling
salted water. Do not cook too many at a time. Stir gently with a wooden
spoon to separate them and prevent them from sticking to the bottom of the
pot. Continue boiling for 3-4 minutes. Varenikje are ready when they are
well puffed. Remove with perforated spoon to a colander and drain
thoroughly. You may dribble a little melted margarine or butter between
the Varenikje to keep them from sticking.
- At this point some families prefer their Varenikje browned in butter in
a hot skillet. Either way, serve hot with cream gravy or syrup. Leftover
Varenikje may be cut into strips, reheated and served the next day.
-Maria Derksen Vogt, Helen Taeves Jost
-To make Fried Molasses Syrup, heat 1/2 cup molasses in heavy skillet in
which Varenikje have been fried. Add a little water and sugar to thin
slightly. Boil. Serve over Varenikje. Top with sour cream.
Verenikje and Sausage
*Note by Bertha Fast Harder: My mother always made a "big affair" out of
making Varenikje. We daughters were at her side to help handle the
"operation." She carefully counted each Varenikje. The family and even
guests usually knew how many there would be for each to consume.
In our family, after we four daughters had husbands, the men competed to
see who could eat the most. Our one non-ethnic brother-in-law came to love
Varenikje. This was the best treat or gift we could give him.