Vegetarian Vareniki Recipe

Add this Ukrainian recipe of vegetarian vareniki, with sauerkraut filling, to your Christmas Eve dinner to bring more culture to the table.

From "Please to the Table"
Winter 2014-15

  • Vareniki are a type of Ukranian dumpling that can be stuffed with a wide variety of sweet or savory fillings.
    Photo by Fotolia/ulyanakhorunzha

Stuffed dumplings, even the mundane kinds that you must physically put into your mouth, are a passion among Ukrainians. This love is shared by their neighbors, with almost identical foods being made by the Poles (perogi), Siberians (pelmeni), Afghans (aush), and Armenians and Uzbeks (mante). Although there are a wide range of possible fillings, ranging from vegetables to ground meat to fruit, one of the most classic is made with sauerkraut.

Consider using a pungent storage onion like the 'Australian Brown' or 'Stuttgarter.' You can (and should) make your own sauerkraut – it is easy to do, and tastes so much better than anything you can buy. We’ll tell you how to do this during the next harvest season. If you want to plan ahead, you should obtain seeds for a tightly-packed round green cabbage like 'Brunswick,' 'Glory of Enkhuizen,' or 'Premium Late Flat Dutch.'

For more traditional Ukranian dishes, see A Ukrainian Christmas Eve.

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