Whenever a foreigner asks me what shall he order in a Polish restaurant, I answer: „pierogi“. „Pierogi“ are translated as dumplings, but there are so many types of „pierogi“ that one word is simply not enough. Most popular are meat dumplings or berry dumplings during summer, but today I want to introduce cottage cheese dumplings to you!
Originally they’re called „leniwe“ which means „lazy“. The reason for the name is that they don’t have any filling (the cook was too lazy to make a cottage cheese filling separately, so instead he added it to the dumpling dough). Leniwe are super delish and I love to serve them with greek yoghurt. As a topping you can use fresh berries or you can sprinkle them with sugar or cinnamon😋
- 250g cottage cheese
- 1 egg
- ½ glass flour
- 1 tbsp vanilla sugar
- for topping: greek yoghurt/sour cream/cinnamon/sugar/fresh fruits
- Mash up the cottage cheese.
- Seperate egg yolks and egg whites. Add the egg yolks, flour and vanilla sugar to the cottage cheese. Mix.
- Beat the egg whites and add them to the rest of the ingredients. Mix carefully.
- Put the dough on a breadboard sprinkled with some flour. Knead until you are able to make a roll from which you will cut stripes (similar to Italian gnocchi). The stripes shouldn’t stick to your fingers at all.
- I pop the dumplings into boiling water and wait until they swim out (you can pick them immediately after they appear on the surface, so the inside will be slightly undone = more liquid).
- Drain and place them in bowls. Toppings are up to you!🍴