I Russia when I get not feeling very good it is Svet’s turn to cook. She makes two things that she considers get well food. 1st food is Chicken noodle soup and the 2nd is Pelmeni. Pelmeni is a traditional Russian food that dates back a long time ago. I can attest to the fact that they are delicious. Today we will talk about making Pelmeni:
Simple Pelmeni recipe:
3 cups sifted flour,
1 tsp. salt,
3 egg yolks, (no egg whites)
1/2 cup water.
1 lb. high quality ground beef. (low fat and raw)
1 lg. well chopped onion, (minced)
salt & pepper to taste,
1/4 cup of ice.
Make dough: Toss all dough ingredients in a mixing bowl and mix well. Cover with a clean cotton cloth and let rest at room temperature for 30 minutes before use. (important)
Take all filling ingredients and put in a mixing bowl. Blend well and add ice toward the end. Mix very thoroughly.
Lets put them together:
Roll out dough and roll it thin as a dime. (otherwise little thicker than paper thin, if possible) cut into about 3 inch circles using a round cookie cutter or I use a tin can of the correct size. Place circle of dough to the side and scoop about 1 tsp. of filling onto one side of the circle and fold other side over the top of the filling. Then crimp it shut with pinches of your fingers.. Repeat this until all dough is used up. (They are kinda half moon shaped.)
Place Pelmeni in freezer on a flat pan not touching each other and freeze until solid. (This is a must do before cooking step.)
Place 10 – 15 frozen Pelmeni into a pot of salted boiling water. When the Pelmeni floats it is ready to serve. (Do not forget the most important ingredient sour cream on top of them! :))
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