Russian Meat Dumplings (Pelmeni)

June 30th, 2012 in Beef, Main Dish Recipes, Pork by
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Russian Meat Dumplings (Pelmeni)

Russian Meat Dumplings (Pelmeni)

Pelmeni (russian meat dumplings) is one of the dishes which take a lot of time to make.

However once done, you can freeze them up for future use, which is perfect for times when you are short on time and need to get something fast to eat.

And just a hint, it goes faster if you are not assembling them alone.

You can use already ground meat, or grind meat yourself and if you choose to do so – grind onions together with meat.

Ingredients:


  • Dough

    4-5 cups of all purpose flour
  • 1.5 cups of warm water
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • Tablespoon of butter

  • Stuffing

    1.5lb of ground beef
  • 0.5-0.75lb of ground pork
  • 2 onions
  • Ground black pepper to taste
  • Salt to taste

How to prepare, step-by-step:

  1. Prepare ingredients:
    Russian Meat Dumplings (Pelmeni) Recipe: Step 1

    Russian Meat Dumplings (Pelmeni) Recipe: Step 1

  2. Start off by making dough of water, salt and flour, I have detailed instructions on that here; cover ready dough with plastic wrap and set aside:
    Russian Meat Dumplings (Pelmeni) Recipe: Step 2

    Russian Meat Dumplings (Pelmeni) Recipe: Step 2

  3. In the bowl mix ground beef, ground pork and ground onions (I used hand grinder to chop onions, you can use grater, blender or food processor); by the way you can go with ready ground meat or to grind meats yourself, if you chose to do so, grind onions together with meat:
    Russian Meat Dumplings (Pelmeni) Recipe: Step 3

    Russian Meat Dumplings (Pelmeni) Recipe: Step 3

  4. Add salt (about 1 tablespoon) and ground black pepper to taste:
    Russian Meat Dumplings (Pelmeni) Recipe: Step 4

    Russian Meat Dumplings (Pelmeni) Recipe: Step 4

  5. Mix it all good:
    Russian Meat Dumplings (Pelmeni) Recipe: Step 5

    Russian Meat Dumplings (Pelmeni) Recipe: Step 5

  6. Now it is time to assemble dumplings. Take a portion of the dough to a wooden board dusted with flour (leave rest in the plastic wrap):
    Cut dough into circles 2” in diameter

    Cut dough into circles 2” in diameter

    Roll it 2-3 mm thin with a rolling pin

    Roll it 2-3 mm thin with a rolling pin

    Remove cut off dough

    Remove cut off dough




  7. For each dumpling:
    Take a dough circle

    Take a dough circle

    Put a bit of mince in the middle

    Put a bit of mince in the middle

    Firmly pat edges together

    Firmly pat edges together



    Fold dough in half

    Fold dough in half

    From one side to another

    From one side to another

    You will get this

    You will get this



    Then bring opposite ends together

    Then bring opposite ends together

    And join them

    And join them

    Here is ready pel'men' dumpling

    Here is ready pel’men’ dumpling




  8. Repeat for all dough and mince, arrange ready dumplings on the plate dusted with flour; at the end I got approximately 3 plates like this:
    Russian Meat Dumplings (Pelmeni) Recipe: Step 8

    Russian Meat Dumplings (Pelmeni) Recipe: Step 8

  9. Most of dumplings I froze up for the future use, left out only 2 portions for dinner. To finish up cooking (either frozen or just assembled pel’meni), bring a cooking pot full of water to boil, salt to taste; put portion of pel’meni to the boiling water, cook dumplings until they surface then let them simmer for 5-8 mins more:
    Russian Meat Dumplings (Pelmeni) Recipe: Step 9

    Russian Meat Dumplings (Pelmeni) Recipe: Step 9

  10. Move cooked dumplings to a bowl using skimmer:
    Russian Meat Dumplings (Pelmeni) Recipe: Step 10

    Russian Meat Dumplings (Pelmeni) Recipe: Step 10

  11. Smear with butter:
    Russian Meat Dumplings (Pelmeni) Recipe: Step 11

    Russian Meat Dumplings (Pelmeni) Recipe: Step 11

  12. And serve for lunch or dinner with your choice of a dip: ketchup, mayo, sour cream whatever you like:
    Russian Meat Dumplings (Pelmeni)

    Russian Meat Dumplings (Pelmeni)

Enjoy!

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2 Responses to “Russian Meat Dumplings (Pelmeni)”

  1. […] For beginners, since I still don’t have a camera to show you step-by-step instructions (I’m on the hunt for a decent and fairly priced camera, promise it’ll happen soon(ish) guys). I have found a really good website which has the authentic way of making pelmeni with a picture guide. Go to this site to learn how to make the yummy and surprisingly simple Russian dumplings: http://www.enjoyyourcooking.com/main-dish-recipes/russian-meat-dumplings-pelmeni.html […]

  2. […] Here is a great tutorial how to make them. Except I make my dough, if I make them, with milk and eggs. And if I make them it takes a lot of time to make them. Here is the good news: since we like the taste of pelmeni, but I do not like the work it takes to make them, I came up with a lazy version that tastes just as great but is very easy to make. […]

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