Polish Mushroom Dumplings - Uszka

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Total Time
50mins
Prep
45 mins
Cook
5 mins

These little dumplings are meant for borscht, but I like them in a clear broth, or even just by themselves. This recipe is from "Polish Classic Recipes" by Laura & Peter Zeranski, a fun book that updates the classics. Think tortellini when making these - these are not pierogi-sized dumplings. I would add a few rehydrated boletus (porcini), finely chopped, to the filling, for a richer taste. I saw these at the Polish deli - $10.99/lb - for that you can make this recipe several times!

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Ingredients

Nutrition
  • Filling

  • 4 ounces mushrooms, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 4 tablespoons fresh breadcrumbs
  • 2 tablespoons parsley, finely chopped
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • salt and pepper
  • Dough

  • 1 egg
  • 13 cup milk
  • 18 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 egg, beaten with 1 tbl water for sealing

Directions

  1. Filling: Melt butter in a large skillet. Add the onion and saute until translucent, about 5 minutes.
  2. Add the chopped mushrooms and cook an additional 10 minutes, stirring from time to time, or until the liquid from the mushrooms has evaporated and the mixture starts to sizzle.
  3. Put the onion and mushroom mix in a large bowl. Add the breadcrumbs, parsley and the beaten egg. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  4. Mix everything together to form a firm paste. Allow the paste to cool slightly before filling the dumplings. The filling can be made 24 hrs ahead of time.
  5. Dough: Whisk together the egg, milk and salt.
  6. Stir in half of the flour until it is incorporated, then add the other half and continue to stir.
  7. After it comes together into a thick, sticky dough, place the dough on a floured surface and knead until it is smooth, supple and soft, but not sticky. Add additional flour, as necessary, to achieve this.
  8. Form the dough into a ball, wrap it in plastic wrap or place in bowl and cover with plastic. Let rest 15 minutes.
  9. Dumplings: Take half the dough and roll it out as thin as possible, about 1/8 in thick, Cut the dough into 1 1/2 or 2 inch squares. Place a small amount of filling into the middle of the square.
  10. Brush a bit of the beaten egg along the edges and fold the dough over to form a triangle, Seal well. Place on the work surface with the top pointing away from you and fold the two side point together, pressing to seal.
  11. Heat salted water in a large pot to a boil. Add the dumplings, let them rise and cook for 3 to 4 minutes longer. (Give them a stir if they are sticking to the bottom),.
  12. Drain. Place a few pockets in each soup bowl and fill with hot borscht or broth.
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ok these are just wonderful i loved then in stock but i can see useing these with cabbade soup too.very wonderful and easy to make