A traditional Russian recipe for Homemade Pelmeni filled with juicy chicken and beef filling. You can't resist these Russian buttery dumplings.
If you don't have time, try my easy pelmeni recipe that is a quick but delicious alternative to the traditional pelmeni.
Ingredients for Pelmeni
In each and every meal, there are certain ingredients that you shouldn’t miss. Starting off, pelmeni preparation will need several ingredients altogether. You need to have the main ingredients like flour, dough, egg, minced meat, and butter. Optionally, you can choose to have sour cream, plain yogurt or vinegar in your serving.
How to make pelmeni
Now that all required ingredients are on the table, you are ready to go. For starters, you should prepare the dough. Do it with precise caution to avoid wasting your ingredients. In a bowl, you should mix a considerable amount of flour with egg and water. As opposed to the standard pelmeni recipe where ice cold water is used, use lukewarm water instead. It ensures the flour mixes well while improving its tenderness and elasticity to near perfection. More importantly, use the egg white only in the dough preparation. After a period of kneading the dough for complete mixing, refrigerate it for half an hour. It is meant to ensure it is not sticky to surfaces, and this will help in the shaping of perfect dumplings.
After chilling the dough by refrigeration, it is time to cut dumplings out of the dough. First off, roll it into a thin surface, and cut it to round considerable-sized pieces. This way, it will be easier for heat to penetrate and intensively cook the inside. However, here comes the tricky part. Once you have cut rounds out of the dough, you should mound your minced meat to the centre of it. To avoid any errors, ensure the minced meat leaves no openings at the edges. You should avoid it by squeezing just enough meat without tearing the dough. To secure the edges, pinch these edges for securing insidious content. Then, bring them together shaping it to a dumpling.
How long to cook Pelmeni?
You were eagerly waiting for the cooking part, weren’t you? Then here you are. Once you make all the preparations, you are ready to cook. You need to add enough salt in water to taste and boil it. Now one after the other, drop the finely prepared pelmeni into this boiling water. You should definitely add olive oil for soothing aroma and to avoid them from sticking together. But how long should they boil until they are fully cooked? For a useful tip, ensure they boil long enough until you can see them float on top of the water. To most, the pelmeni is ready to serve.
Can you bake pelmeni?
On the contrary, you can make them even more delicious and crunchy. After boiling them in oiled, salted water, you can broil them in the preheated oven or fry them in butter. They will turn into hard, golden brown while soft meat rests inside this “shell.” Thereby, there is no limit to how you can prepare them. It only takes precise cooking technique to achieve this. Try it at home, and it will definitely be well worth to your family and friends.
Can you freeze pelmeni?
Yes!!! Make pelmeni, arrange them on a lightly floured cutting board and put in the freezer. After 30-40 minutes, when pelmeni are semi-frozen, transfer them into a large ziploc bag and freeze up to 4-5 months.
Serve pelmeni with sour cream or melted butter. Pelmeni with vinegar is another delicious option. Simply add a tablespoon of vinegar to melted butter, mix and pour over pelmeni. Enjoy!
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