This recipe is for Russian Pelmeni along with a NEW dough recipe came from one of my favorite blogs, Natasha’sKitchen.com. All pictures & recipe are from there! I wanted to share since I love Pelmeni & she explaines the process really well.
I recommend a KitchenAid Mixer for the job and A Pelmeni Mold also speeds up the process. Pelmeni are a royal pain in the bottom to make. They are however, cheap and tasty . You will have enough for about 6 dinners with this recipe, so if you are up for suffering through the process once, you will have a nice stash of these in the freezer. Serve these in a good quality chicken broth, or boil and butter them up, then dip in sour cream, vinegar or ketchup.
Servings: Makes 180 + pelmeni
Cost to Make: $8-$10
Ingredients for Pelmeni Dough:
2/3 cups buttermilk
2 large eggs
2 cups warm water
1 1/2 tsp salt
7 cups plus 6 tbsp all-purpose flour
Ingredients for Pelmeni Filling:
1 lb ground turkey
1 lb ground pork
1 medium onion, finely diced
1 tbsp olive oil
3 garlic cloves, pressed
1/2 tsp ground pepper
3/4 tsp salt
1 tsp hot sauce, optional
Ingredients/ Ideas for Toppings:
Sour cream, vinegar, ketchup
How to Make Basic Vareniky or Pelmeni Dough:
1. Using the whisk attachment on medium speed, mix together: 2/3 cup buttermilk, 2 cups warm water, 2 eggs and 1 1/2 tsp salt until well blended (please excuse the fact that this picture has the paddle attachment – I hauled my mixer to my sister’s house to make these and forgot the whisk!).
2. Switch to dough hook and add 4 cups flour. Mix on speed 2 until well blended
3. Add 3 more cups of flour (one cup at a time and wait for the dough to become well blended with each cup).
4. Add the rest of the flour 1 tbsp at a time, until the dough is no longer sticking to the sides of the bowl (I used 6 tbsp). Once it is no longer sticking to the bowl, continue to mix 5 minutes. (Total mixing time is about 20 minutes from the time you start adding flour).
5. Place the dough on a lightly floured surface.
How to Make Pelmeni Filling:
1. Heat 1 tbsp oil in a medium skillet. Add onion and saute until golden and soft. Add garlic and saute another minute.
2. Mix together pork, turkey, onion & garlic mix, 3/4 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp ground pepper and 1 tsp hot sauce (optional).
The KitchenAid is very useful for mixing meat as well, so your hands don’t freeze even if your meat is cold.
If using a pelmeni mold:
1. Cut off about tennis-ball-size chunks of dough and roll out into a circle.
2. Place over mold. Place 1/2 tsp meat into each pocket space on the mold.
3. Roll out another chunk of dough and place over the mold.
4. Use a rolling pin, roll the top, working from the center – outwards until the pelmeni are well-defined.
5. Turn the pelmeni maker over and push the pelmeni out onto a well-floured cutting board.
6. Arrange pelmeni evenly on the cutting board, sprinkle with flour and place in the freezer. Pinch together any open edges on pelmeni or the meat will float out during cooking.
7. Once they are fully frozen, put them in large ziploc bags, sprinkle with flour and freeze them for future enjoyment.
To Cook Pelmeni:
Bring a pot of water to boil (add 1 tbsp salt for a large soup pot, or 1 tsp salt for a smaller 4 quart pot). Add FROZEN pelmeni and return to a boil. They should float to the top, then boil for 3 mintues longer (or until meat is fully cooked). Drain pelmeni and place them in a clean bowl. Toss pelmeni with butter and sprinkle with dill (optional). Serve them warm with ketchup, sour cream or vinegar (my personal favorite).