1 lb. dry curd cottage cheese (may also substitute ricotta cheese)
1 1/2 tbsp. onion, finely chopped
1/2 tsp. salt
3 egg yolks
Mix well until cottage cheese is in fine curds. Set aside.
Combine in a separate bowl:
3 egg whites
1 c. milk
2 tsp. salt
3 c. flour
Mix together, adding flour as necessary until dough is stiff enough to roll out. Divide into fourths.
Turn 1/4 of dough out onto floured board and roll out very thin, about 1/8 inch. Cut into squares or circles about 5in. in diameter. (I use an old 1lb. coffee can). Repeat until you have a bunch of circles or squares (about 35-40) and all dough is used.
Place one rounded tablespoon of cottage cheese mixture on each circle. Fold over to form a half-moon. Pinch edges together well. Place on a slightly greased baking sheet placing greased waxed paper between layers. Meanwhile bring a large pan of water to boil.
Drop several vareniky into the boiling water. Cook 3-5 minutes. Vareniky will be done when they float to the top. Remove with a slotted spoon to drain. Keep warm. Repeat until all vareniky is cooked. Serve with the following cream sauce:
2 tbsp. butter
1 small onion, finely chopped
1 c. cream
salt and pepper to taste
left over filling, if any
Saute onion in butter until tender. Add cream, salt & pepper and left over filling, if any. Heat slowly, but do not boil. If sauce is too thin, stir in a little thickening (1tbsp. cornstarch mixed with 3 tbsp. water).
Variation: After trying the original recipe, please feel free to fill your vareniky dumplings with whatever your taste buds may be screaming for. (a cooked crab meat and pepper jack cheese mixture or maybe a cooked ground sausage mixture - the possibilities are only limited by your imagination).
1 small head cabbage, coarsely chopped
1 large onion, coarsely diced
6 slices thick cut bacon, diced
1 tbsp. sugar
salt & pepper to taste
2 tbsp. olive oil
In a large cast iron skillet, saute onion, bacon, and sugar in olive oil until onions are almost ready to caramelize. Turn heat up to high, add cabbage, salt and pepper. "Stir fry" the cabbage, onion & bacon mixture until onions are caramelized, cabbage is wilted and edges begin to brown.