Pelmeni – Russian Meat Dumplings

Pelmeni

Pelmeni (russ.: пельмени) are in their form like Italian tortelloni stuffed with minced meat. This dish originates from Siberia and was a popular meal among coachmen or hunters on their long trips across this vast and cold part of Russia. Pelmeni were prepared and stored frozen for a long period of time without being cooked. So it was frozen food that could be easily cooked and eaten either at home or on a journey. One only had to light a fire and boil some water or melt snow to cook pelmeni. During long and hard winters this hot and nourishing food was a real blessing.

Ingredients
for the dough:
250 g (= 2 cups) flour
1 egg
for the filling:
300-400 g (=10.5 lb) minced pork
2 finely chopped onions
1 egg white
butter
chopped fresh parsley
salt, pepper

Pelmeni – step by step

Pour hot melted butter over pelmeni and sparkle with parsley. Pelmeni should be eaten hot as they don’t taste once they have cooled down.

Pelmeni Variations

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  • Serve pelmeni with sour cream and/or a little bit of vinegar instead of butter
  • Use mixed meat or beef instead of minced pork.
  • Use minced beef lever as a filling. In this case pour sour cream into clay pot over pelmeni and bake in oven.
  • Use water instead of egg white.
  • Use dill instead of parsley.

Sibirian Pelmeni

RusslandJournal.de visited the Literate Cafe in St. Petersburg (in German) and watched how the cook prepared Sibirian Pelmeni.

Recipe for Sibirian Pelmeni (in German)

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