Ukrainian Varenyky (stuffed dumplings)

Ukrainian Varenyky (stuffed dumplings)


For the Dough:

  • 5 cups flour ((all-purpose))
  • 2.5 tsp salt
  • 3 Tbsp butter (softened)
  • 1 cup Evaporated Milk
  • ½ cup water

For the Filling:

  • 2 large white onions (medium dice)
  • 3 Tbsp butter
  • 3 cups Napa or green cabbage (finely chopped)
  • 16 oz sauerkraut
  • 1 clove garlic (mined)
  • ¼ cup chicken stock
  • ¼ cup shredded cheddar cheese ((optional))
  • 4 Tbsp chives (finely sliced)
  • 2 Tbsp fresh dill (finely chopped)
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper
  • Salt (to taste)


  • Combine the salt and flour and mix well.
  • Add the evaporated milk and softened butter to the flour and incorporate until all the liquid is absorbed.
  • Begin to knead the dough, adding water as needed to form a dough that sticks together.
  • Continue to knead for 4-5 minutes until you have a well-kneaded mass of dough that stays together.
  • Place the dough ball into a bowl greased with butter
  • Cover with plastic wrap.
  • Allow the dough to rest for 30 minutes.
  • For the filling, slowly cook the onions in 3 Tbsp butter on medium-low heat until tender and translucent, or roughly 15 minutes.
  • Add the garlic and cook for another 2 minutes.
  • Add the sauerkraut, cabbage, and chicken stock
  • Cook until the liquid from the mixture has evaporated.
  • Add the fresh chives and dill, and season with salt and black pepper.
  • When the mixture has cooled, incorporate the cheddar cheese and mix to combine.
  • Roll out the dough on a floured surface until it reaches a thickness slightly less than 1/8”.
  • Cut circles into the dough that are roughly 3” in diameter.
  • Insert a small spoonful of filling into the center of each dumpling
  • Gently folder over one side onto the other, sealing the edges of the dumplings tightly.
  • Boil the dumplings in batches in salted water for roughly 4-6 minutes
  • Until the dough is cooked.
  • Remove the dumplings from the water
  • Let rest on an oiled plate so that they don’t stick together.
  • Serve hot, with sour cream.
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