This weekend was all about making Wareniki. These noodles are popular all over the former Sowjet Union and came originally from the Ukraine. History professors suspect that they are closely related to the Turkish Djuschwara and the Polish pierogi.
We made them with a classic potato filling and two different sauces. One sauce made from bread, onion and butter. The other is a ragout from minced lamb meat with garlic and tomato paste. Both are very simple and easy cause you have enough work with making the Wareniki.
Here are ingredients to cook about 6 portions:
- 1 egg
- 2-3 cups of flour
- 100 ml water
- 1 spoon of sour cream
- 6 potatoes
- 1 onion
- 1 dry bun
- 1 onion
- 1 spoon of clarified butter
- 2-3 spoons butter
- 250 g minced lamb meat / filling fresh lamb sausage is great too
- 2-3 garlic cloves
- 2-3 spring onion
- 2 spoons tomato paste
Mix all the ingredients to make the dough. Let it rest about 15 minutes and knead thoroughly. Let it rest again for about 10 minutes and knead again. Kneading makes the dough better to work with.
You can use a rolling pin or a noodle machine to roll out the dough thin. Use a glass to cut out the Wareniki. Now it is time to get into noodle making. Ask your friends and family cause it is fun together and every helping hand is needed.
The finished noodles get frozen and packed into a plastic bag. They need to be cooked 5-10 minutes. Boil them up once and cook them gently till they are ready.
For the filling you need to peel and cook the potatoes and add the golden fried onion, a little bit of salt and nutmeg. Let it cool down before continuing with the noodles.
So lets do our quick and easy sauces! I guess your are happy to have a quick cooking cause you spent some time into making the Wareniki. Hungry?
Cut the bun into about 1 inch to 1 inch pieces. Fry bread and onion in the clarified butter till they are golden than add the butter.
Fry the lamb and add spices. Give in the tomato paste and the vegetables. Let it fry gently and deglaze everything with a little bit of water. Let it cook for about 10-15 minutes. Add water to give it a nice consistence.
Now it is time to eat! Serve them with some good spoons of sour cream. Vodka & tea fits good! But enjoy your noodles the way you want.
Guten Appetite and спаси́бо!