Fun Food Friday: Russian Pelmeni by Cimarron Meat Company's Chef Matt Louviere

Ingredients for Pelmeni Dough:

  • ⅔ cups buttermilk
  • 1 Tbsp sour cream
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cups warm water
  • 1½ tsp salt
  • 7 cups plus 6 Tbsp unbleached all-purpose flour

Ingredients for Pelmeni Filling:

  • 2 lb ground beef
  • 1 medium onion, finely diced
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, pressed
  • ½ tsp ground pepper
  • ¾ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp hot sauce, optional


How to Make Basic Vareniky or Pelmeni Dough:

  1. Using the whisk attachment on medium speed, mix together: ⅔ cup buttermilk, 1 tbsp of sour cream 2 cups warm water, 2 eggs and 1½ tsp salt until well blended
  2. Switch to dough hook and add 4 cups flour. Mix on speed 2 until well blended.
  3. Add 3 more cups of flour (one cup at a time and wait for the dough to become well blended with each cup).
  4. Add the rest of the flour 1 Tbsp at a time, until the dough is no longer sticking to the sides of the bowl (I used 6 Tbsp). Once it is no longer sticking to the bowl, continue to mix 5 minutes. (Total mixing time is about 20 minutes from the time you start adding flour).
  5. Place the dough on a lightly floured surface.

How to Make Pelmeni Filling:

  1. Heat 1 tbsp oil in a medium skillet. Add onion and saute until golden and soft. Add garlic and saute another minute.
  2. Mix together beef, onion & garlic mix, ¾ tsp salt, ½ tsp ground pepper and 1 tsp hot sauce (optional).

Making Pelmeni by Hand:

  1. Shape a portion of the dough into a 1 to 2 -inch thick log. Cut off 1 piece at a time (about gum ball sized) and roll into disks to form a 1.5-inch circle with rolling pin. Sprinkle rolling pin and surface with flour if needed.
  2. Place 1 tsp pelmeni filling in the center,
  3. Close the edges and pinch together.
  4. Pinch the corners together to form, well… a diaper shape.
  5. Place pelmeni onto a well-floured cutting board. Arrange pelmeni evenly on the cutting board, sprinkle with flour and place in the freezer.
  6. Once they are fully frozen, put them in large ziploc bags, sprinkle with flour and freeze them for future enjoyment.

To Cook Pelmeni:

  1. Bring a pot of water to boil (add 1 tbsp salt for a large soup pot, or 1 tsp salt for a smaller 4 quart pot). Add FROZEN pelmeni and return to a boil. They should float to the top, then boil for 3 mintues longer (or until meat is fully cooked). Drain pelmeni and place them in a clean bowl. Toss pelmeni with butter and sprinkle with dill (optional). Serve them warm with ketchup, sour cream or vinegar (my personal favorite).
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