March 1, 2011

Meat Dumplings ("Pelmeni")

Meat Dumplings, Pelmeni
Ingredients (for 4-5 servings):
  • 0.6 lb beef (~60% of all meat)
  • 0.4 lb pork (~40% of all meat)
  • 1/2 medium onion
  • Salt, pepper to taste
  • 2.5 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 eggs
  • Salt
  • 1/2 cup water
First, prepare the ground meat for filling:
  1. Grind beef and pork (in a meat grinder) together, 2 times.
  2. Finely chop the onion and sauté in a skillet in vegetable oil, stirring, until golden, then add the onion to the ground meat.
  3. Add salt and pepper and mix everything.
Then, prepare the dough:
  • Mix flour, eggs, salt, and water until the mixture is the consistency of dough. (Dough should be stiff.)
Now you are ready to prepare the dumplings:
  1. With a rolling pin, roll out the dough and cut into round-shaped pieces (this makes about 35 pieces - for 4-5 servings).
  2. Take some ground meat with a teaspoon and put in the center of each piece of dough.
  3. Fold the edges of the dough and press with your fingers to seal it. (The shape will remind you UFO :).
  4. Put the dumplings in salted boiling water.
  5. Bring the water to a boil again and cook the dumplings about 10-12 minutes.
  6. Take the dumplings out with a slotted spoon.
  7. Serve with sour cream, mayonnaise, or bleu cheese dressing; sprinkle with fresh parsley.

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