Russian Vareniki

Hello my beautiful friends! 

Today I am going to show you how I make Russian Vareniki. They are cooked dumplings filled with potatoes and caramelized onions.

This is something I LOVE. I remember my mom getting my sisters and me together to help her make these. I remember us talking and laughing while making a whole bunch of vareniki, and I mean alot! We had a family of 9!

They may take a while to make, but oh so worth it!
I wish I could share a plate with you, but for now,  a picture will have to do

I will not lie, It takes me approximately 2 hours to make this for dinner. 
So, I usually choose  a slow afternoon where we have no plans. 

However, If you have someone who can help you (mom, sister, hubby, daughter or son) Then it won't take as long. 

Start out by preparing the dough

3 1/2 cups flour 
1 cup water
1 egg
1/2 salt of salt

knead and leave to rest:

While dough is resting, prepare the potatoes and onions.

Peel and chop potatoes, boil in salted water until soft.

Chop 3 large onions and saute in vegetable oil

Keep sauteing and stirring until you get a beautiful caramelization:

By now, the potatoes should be cooked.

Mash the potatoes and add the 1/3 of the sautéed onion & salt/pepper

Knead the dough once more

Cut a slice of the dough 

Work the dough between your hands and create into a long piece of dough, and then cut into little pieces:

Then punch the little pieces into some flour:

Roll the pieces of dough into small little circles:

Fill with the potato filling:

Pinch the sides together. 

Once you have pinched all vareniki together, go back and cut another piece of dough and repeat.

You can cook these right away and serve, or you can place them on a floured and stick into the fridge until you are ready to cook that evening. Vareniki should be served right after cooking.

If you want to freeze your vareniki for another day, do so by laying them out, onto a floured tray and then sticking the tray into the freezer. Once they are frozen, you can throw them all into a zip lock bag.

To COOK the vareniki:

Boil a pot a salted water and throw in some of the vareniki, do not overcrowd the pot

Boil for 13 minutes

Toss the cooked vareniki in some butter

Serve on a plate with the caramelized onions, chopped green onions and sour cream.


Thanks for visiting. 


  1. Ha! For some reason I would have never guessed. I am also from Russia. :) And my husband is Ukrainian - hence the crazy last name. I have been following your blog for a while. I started when I saw the beautiful gallery wall you did. I think I saw it on one of the other blogs I follow. I love your blog!

  2. Oh thank you for posting this, yum yum!