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.
4-5 cups of all purpose flour
- 1.5 cups of warm water
- 1 teaspoon of salt
- Tablespoon of butter
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:
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:
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:
Add salt (about 1 tablespoon) and ground black pepper to taste:
Mix it all good:
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):
For each dumpling:
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:
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:
Move cooked dumplings to a bowl using skimmer:
Smear with butter:
And serve for lunch or dinner with your choice of a dip: ketchup, mayo, sour cream whatever you like: