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    Potato-Cheese Dumplings (Varškes-Bulviu Tinginiai) - Lit

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    40 mins

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    duonyte's Note:

    From the Lithuanian blog "Dideli eksperimentai mazoje virtuveje". Mother used to make a similar dumpling with just the cheese and flour, we called them "varškeciai". I really liked this version with potatoes - think gnocchi. These types of dishes are very typical Lithuanian farmhouse fare. The basics of this flour - milk, potatoes, flour - would have been available year round at any farmhouse, and I am sure they were featured at breakfast, lunch or dinner, as needed. While I have always eaten this as an entree, I am sure it would be great as a sidedish, also.

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    1. 1
      I prefer ricing the potato, as you are guaranteed no lumps. If mashing, mash very, very thoroughly.
    2. 2
      Mix all ingredients in a medium bowl. Knead until a smooth dough forms. (I knead it right in the bowl). If it's very sticky, add some more potato starch (my preference - lighter texture) or flour. It should be soft and tacky, but not overly sticky.
    3. 3
      Put a large pot of salted water on the stove to boil.
    4. 4
      Turn out onto a floured board and divide into four to six pieces.
    5. 5
      Roll out each piece into a cylinder about the thickness of your thumb, and cut into 1 inch size pieces. Place pieces onto a floured platter until your water boils.
    6. 6
      Drop the dumplings into the boiling water and give it a stir, to make sure they don't stick. Don't crowd the pot - boil in batches. The dumplings will rise quickly and give them an additional minute.
    7. 7
      Scoop out with a slotted spoon into a colander and let drain for a minute or so.
    8. 8
      Transfer to a serving bowl or individual dishes, and serve with melted butter, sour cream, bacon bits. I think some sauteed mushrooms would also be nice. Traditionally you serve with just butter and sour cream.

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    Nutritional Facts for Potato-Cheese Dumplings (Varškes-Bulviu Tinginiai) - Lit

    Serving Size: 1 (246 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 4

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 646.1
    Calories from Fat 323
    Total Fat 35.9 g
    Saturated Fat 21.7 g
    Cholesterol 180.0 mg
    Sodium 2249.2 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 52.2 g
    Dietary Fiber 2.6 g
    Sugars 0.8 g
    Protein 28.4 g

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