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45 min

4 servings


gemiddelde waardering 4 uit 5, gebaseerd op 2 stemmen, beoordelingen

These varenyky may look like Italian mezzelune, Asian dumplings or Polish Pierogi, but are a true Ukrainian recipe. The recipe consists of dough with a filling. This filling can be anything, sweet or savory, but the classic fillings are: mashed potatoes, mushrooms, white cabbage, meat, dry curd cheese, sour cherries or strawberries. Iryna shared this easy basic recipe with a vegetarian filling.


Preparation method


  • Peel and cook the potatoes

Step 1: prepare the dough

  • Sift the flour into a bowl. Make a well and add the salt in it.

  • Pour the water into the hole and mix well.

  • Sprinkle a little flour on the countertop. Place the mixture on top and knead the dough for 8 to 10 minutes.

  • Wrap the dough in foil and let it rest for about 20 minutes.

Step 2: Prepare the filling

  • Mash the potatoes

  • Cut the onion into cubes and the mushrooms into strips.

  • Fry the onion in the oil until golden brown.

  • Add the mushrooms and fry for another 5 minutes.

  • Sprinkle the mixture with salt and pepper to taste and fry for about 3 minutes until the moisture is gone.

  • Reduce the heat and add the butter

  • When the butter has melted, turn off the heat and mix the mushroom mixture with the mashed potatoes.

  • Let the potato-mushroommixture cool down.

Step 3: Fill the varenyky

  • Divide the dough into two parts and roll half of the dough into a sausage shape.

  • Divide the sausage into balls of about 15 grams.

  • Roll out each ball of dough into rounds with a rolling pin.

  • Place 1 teaspoon of filling in the center of a circle and squeeze it tightly in the shape of a half moon.

  • Repeat this with the other half of the dough.

Step 4: Cook the varynyky

  • Fill a large pan with hot water and salt and bring to a boil

  • As soon as the water boils, put the varenyky (about 4 at a time) slowly in the pan and boil them for about 5 minutes until they float to the top.

  • Serve the varenyky with mayonnaise or Greek yogurt with dill

Storage tip:

Place the varenyky uncooked on a board and put them in the freezer for 3-4 hours. Then put them in a plastic bag and squeeze it tightly. Put the varenyky in the freezer again. This way you can store it for up to 6 months.

Смачного! ('Enjoy your meal!')
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Did you know that in Ukraine they often cook with local and seasonal products? Iryna told us more about this!


For the dough (serves 2):

  • 240 grams of flour

  • 140 ml water (lukewarm)

  • 1/4 tsp salt

For the filling:

  • 3 medium potatoes

  • 1 large onion

  • 150 grams of mushrooms

  • salt and pepper to taste

  • 2 tbsp butter

  • 1-2 tbsp sunflower oil

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