Feta and Potato Vareniki

Feta & Potato Vareniki

Also known as pierogies; these hearty stuffed dumplings are a beloved and classic comfort food from Eastern Europe. Skip the store-bought frozen and try our easy homemade version instead featuring rich, tart crumbled imported Feta cheese for major flavor. We serve ours with a tangle of chopped fresh herbs but you can also enjoy these with sour cream, sautéed onions, or crumbled cooked bacon.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Course Appetizer, Side Dish, Snack

Ingredients
  

  • 24 round wonton or dumpling wrappers defrosted if frozen
  • 2 cups cold leftover or store-bought mashed potatoes
  • 1/2 cup crumbled imported Feta cheese
  • 4-5 TB butter
  • Chopped scallion chives, parsley, or fresh dill for garnish

Instructions
 

  • Mix together mashed potatoes with cheese and feta. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Spoon 1 heaping TB into each wrapper. Wet your finger with some water, run around the edges of the dumpling wrapper and crimp with a wet fork to seal. Repeat with remaining wrappers.
  • (Vareniki can be frozen on a baking sheet and kept stored in a storage bag in the freezer to cook later if you like.)
  • Bring a pot of salted water to a boil and cook vareniki for 2-3 minutes working in batches so they don’t stick together. Heat 1 TB of butter at a time in a large nonstick skillet and working in batches, pan fry par-cooked vareniki for 3-4 minutes per side or until brown. Repeat with remaining vareniki and enjoy topped with torn herbs.

Notes

Tip: If only square wonton wrappers are available you can use a round biscuit cutter to make circles, or just fold into a triangle shape.
Keyword cheese appetizers, imported feta cheese, pierogies