Feta & Potato Vareniki
Also known as pierogies; these hearty stuffed dumplings are a beloved and classic comfort food from Eastern Europe. Skip the store-bought frozen and try our easy homemade version instead featuring rich, tart crumbled imported Feta cheese for major flavor. We serve ours with a tangle of chopped fresh herbs but you can also enjoy these with sour cream, sautéed onions, or crumbled cooked bacon.Print
- 24 round wonton or dumpling wrappers defrosted if frozen
- 2 cups cold leftover or store-bought mashed potatoes
- 1/2 cup crumbled imported Feta cheese
- 4-5 TB butter
- Chopped scallion chives, parsley, or fresh dill for garnish
Mix together mashed potatoes with cheese and feta. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Spoon 1 heaping TB into each wrapper. Wet your finger with some water, run around the edges of the dumpling wrapper and crimp with a wet fork to seal. Repeat with remaining wrappers.
(Vareniki can be frozen on a baking sheet and kept stored in a storage bag in the freezer to cook later if you like.)
Bring a pot of salted water to a boil and cook vareniki for 2-3 minutes working in batches so they don’t stick together. Heat 1 TB of butter at a time in a large nonstick skillet and working in batches, pan fry par-cooked vareniki for 3-4 minutes per side or until brown. Repeat with remaining vareniki and enjoy topped with torn herbs.
Tip: If only square wonton wrappers are available you can use a round biscuit cutter to make circles, or just fold into a triangle shape.