Kaleenka Piroshky

Recipe by Julesong
READY IN: 1hr 50mins




  • In a skillet, brown the onion in oil, about 7 minutes; remove and set aside.
  • Brown the ground beef in the skillet, drain the grease, then add in the cooked onion, garlic, salt, and pepper; set aside.
  • (The original recipe had you then chill the mixture to 40 degrees and"pick out solid fat," but that's a step I forgo).
  • In a small ceramic or glass bowl, dissolve the yeast in the warm water and let stand for 11 minutes.
  • In a large bowl or using a large stand mixer, place 4 cups of the flour, sugar, salt, egg, the remaining oil, water/yeast mixture, and the milk; mix together (use a dough hook attachment if you have one), adding additional flour as needed to make the dough soft but not sticky.
  • Knead, either for about 10 minutes by turning out onto a floured board and doing it by hand or by using a dough hook in a mixer on slow speed for about 6 to 7 minutes.
  • Place in a large bowl, cover with a towel, and let rise for 45 minutes to 1 hour; punch down.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • To fill the piroshky, pinch off a piece of dough about the size of an egg and roll it out to 1/8-inch thick, then place a cube of cube of cheese and 2 tablespoons of meat filling in the center.
  • Lift up the edges of the dough and bring it up to the top, pinching together tightly to completely enclose the filling and so that the dough knits together.
  • Place the piroshky on a microwave-safe dish or tray, seam-side down, and microwave for 10 seconds; set aside and let rise for 10 minutes.
  • Repeat the piroshky construction, microwaving, and rising with remaining ingredients.
  • Place risen piroshky (all of them) on a non-stick baking sheet and bake at 350 degrees F until golden brown, about 15 to 20 minutes depending on your oven; alternately, you can deep fry them at 300 degrees F until golden.
  • Note: you might also be able to run the dough ingredients through the initial preparation steps in your bread machine, to make it especially easy!