|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 31g||40%|
|Saturated Fat 4g||21%|
|Total Carbohydrate 47g||17%|
|Dietary Fiber 3g||11%|
|Total Sugars 3g|
|Vitamin C 10mg||48%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
This recipe for pampushki is common in Russia, Ukraine, and other parts in Eastern Europe. Some fry their pampushki, others poach them in stock. Eastern Europeans love to hide food in other foods as is evident here. The basic premise of these dumplings is a potato ball stuffed with something, usually cheese. The rest is up to the imagination of the cook.
If frying, bread them, otherwise they'll fall apart in the hot oil. I like to use feta cheese with dill in mine although farmers cheese and chives are more traditional. Enjoy these as a main course, side dish, appetizer, or snack.
3/4 pound raw potatoes, about 3 medium potatoes, peeled and grated
1 cup mashed potatoes, from about 1 large potato, peeled, cooked, and freshly mashed
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup feta, or farmer's cheese
2 tablespoons snipped fresh chives, or chopped dill
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 large egg, beaten with 1 teaspoon water
1 cup fine dry breadcrumbs
Oil, for frying
Steps to Make It
Gather the ingredients.
Squeeze excess water from grated potatoes.
Place grated potatoes in a medium bowl with the mashed potatoes, salt and pepper, and mix well. Set aside.
In another medium bowl, combine cheese and chives or dill. If using farmer's cheese, add 1/4 teaspoon salt. Set aside.
Scoop up an egg-sized portion of potatoes and flatten to a circle in the palm of your hand. Place 2 teaspoons cheese in the middle.
Fold edges over, pinching to seal.
Roll into a ball. Repeat with remaining mixtures.
Dredge balls in flour, then beaten eggs and finally in breadcrumbs.
Let the coated balls dry while you heat oil to 340 F in a deep fryer or heavy-bottomed saucepan.
Fry for 10 minutes to make sure raw potato is cooked. Drain on paper towels and serve hot.
Poaching Instead of Frying
If poaching dumplings in stock or water instead of deep-frying, add 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour and 1 egg to the potato mixture. Gently poach the balls for 20 minutes in simmering water or broth.