Savory vareniki (vegetarian Russian dumplings)

If you ask my husband, he’ll tell you that I’m the hardest working and most ambitious person he knows (and no, his friends aren’t deadbeats and he’s not saying this to score some brownie points from me – he truly believes it). I always find this hilarious (there may be some laughing in his face every time I hear those words) because I swear I’m one of the best procrastinators in the world. It’s true.


In college I pulled countless all nighters, setting up my work space right in the hallway (since my roomate didn’t share my “work ethic”), tripping up drunk kids running around. You may mistake this for being ambitious/hard working, but you’d be wrong. I’m just a master procrastinator who eventually needed to face the music and get the damn paper done. Yes, it was no doubt due the very next morning.

Today my todoist account has 31 items for TODAY. And no, brushing my teeth is not on the list. And yes, I will probably add another 5 new things just while writing this post. Some may say that’s one of my procrastination tactics. I say I like to keep myself organized… and I really love lists. Smile (<—my husband will back me up on that one too.) Yet again you my husband may mistake this for being ambitious, but the proof is in the pudding as they say (btw, what the hell does that even mean??)it’s 3pm and I’ve done only 1 thing today. That would be adding things to my todoist. Oy.

I’m telling you this because writing a post on these vareniki has been on the list for 2 weeks (when I made these) so at this rate I’ll be done with my 31 items in 62 weeks. Double oy. Oh well, better late than never! Open-mouthed smile

Remember the pelmeni post? I mentioned that vareniki were the vegetarian version of pelmeni. Now it’s time to share with you my favorite filling – mashed potatoes and mushrooms. It’s totally a classic. I love how pillowy these are. Even better sauteed with a little butter (or bacon grease). It’s comfort food at it’s best!

Don’t procrastinate. Make these ASAP!! [And please report back!]

Printable recipe

Ingredients (serves 6):

  • 1 portion dumpling dough (same as pelmeni, ingredients and step-by-step photos are in the linked post)
  • Mashed potatoes with mushrooms (or another filling of your choice) – about 5 potatoes’ worth
  • Optional: bacon, sour cream and/or butter for serving (yes, I realize that bacon will no longer qualify this dish as vegetarian. This is an optional topping).


Instructions in photos (the printable version and the pelmeni post provide written details, if required):




moon-shaped varenik



Boil for 3-5 minutes in well salted water. Serve as is with a dollop of sour cream or butter. Or pan fry with bacon if you’re a meat eater. I highly recommend this serving suggestion Smile


Bacon OR sour cream? How about BOTH? Winking smile



Forget making it pretty. Get unapologetically messy. DIG IN!! It tastes better that way! Smile


1 down. 30 to go… Winking smile

Printable recipe

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