Verenika

Verenika is a traditional German Mennonite dish. I taught myself how to make them when we moved to Pueblo, because there are no German Mennonite┬árestaurants in Pueblo. So here is the recipe, I took pictures, but haven’t been able to upload them successful. I’ll keep trying.
Dough:
In a large bowl, whip 3 egg whites. Add 1/2 cup milk and whip again. Add about 2 cups of flour, 1/2 teaspoon salt. Use enough flour to knead. The dough will be a bit stiff. I roll it out and use either a round biscuit cutter or cut in rectangles, the pocket should be about the size of a large drink lid or so.

FILLING:
Mix 1 pint dry cottage cheese (I could find this easily in Pueblo, but haven’t been able to find it here. I usually buy a container of cottage cheese, rinse it and dry it in the fridge on a cookie sheet), 3 egg yolks, salt, pepper. You can add a little cream if you like creamier filling, I prefer a dry filling.
1-2 tablespoons of cheese mixture on each square. Fold over and press the edges together.
Cook in boiling water until Verenika float to the top. I usually brown mine a bit in a little butter on the griddle. To keep them warm before serving I put them in the oven at 170.
Serve with ham gravy.

2 thoughts on “Verenika”

  1. Okay, Erin, my dear….these do not sound good but I realize that Apple Noodle Kugel (something that I make) doesn’t sound good, either, but it’s yummy. Really I should have had you make these for me before you went and left us!!! If you are ever back in the area or we are together for a decent amount of time you will need to make them for me so I can taste them.

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