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My special Russian piroshki recipe

Updated on January 23, 2016

piroshki or traditional fried Russian pies

Piroshki are traditional Russian pies made of dough, filled with a variety of different ingredients and fried in hot oil. They are absolutely delicious as a snack, starter or even main dish and in Russia they sell them everywhere on the streets or corner shops, like fish and chips in England, Pizza in Italy or crepes in France.

The recipe I will share with you today though, is a little special. It was passed down to me by my Grandmother, who originated in Pontos, the Greek part of Asia Minor, but was born and grew up in Russia, before coming to Greece as a young girl.

So the recipe for piroshki I will share with you here is a unique combination of international cuisine to be found nowhere else. It is very easy to make, a great idea for finger food and a fantastic recipe for all occasions, Christmas included.

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Piroshki dough recipe

1 kgr of all purpose white flour

1 packet of dry yeast

1 tub (225 gr) of plain white greek yogurt

1,5 tsp salt

100 ml olive oil

How to make piroshki

In a mixing bowl mix the flour, salt and dry yeast. Make a hole in the middle and add the yoghurt and olive oil. Knead the mixture until you have a uniform, elastic, non sticky dough.

It will be much easier for you to shape and fill your piroshkis if you use a dough press like the one shown in the picture. The set shown here includes five dough presses in different sizes which can help you make a lot of things besides piroshki, like ravioli, small calzone or dumplings.

Roll out the dough into aprroximately 1/2 cm thickness and use the dough press to cut off circles in whatever size you prefer. Medium works best here. With the dough on the dough press, fill it with the filling of your choice (you will find two traditional filling recipes further down) and fold the dough press in half, to form a crescent shaped piroshki. The dough press will automatically seal and flute the edges.

Do not overfill, because as the piroshki dough rises in the fryer, the filling might overflow.

When you have finished filling and shaping all of your piroshkis, fry them in hot oil for 5-6 minutes or until the dough rises and takes on a beautiful golden brown color. A A deep fryer like the one shown here, will make frying much easier and faster for you.

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Besides the two traditional piroshki fillings described here, you can fill piroshkis with almost anything! Cheese, sausage, ham are all excellent choices.

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Ground beef filling

500 gr ground beef

1 chopped onion

1 egg

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp pepper

2 tbs olive oil

Separate the egg yolk from the white. Put the egg white in a small heatproof container and place it in a pan of boiling water. Let it boil for 3-4 minutes until solid. Brown the onion in the olive oil, add the meat, salt and pepper and cook until done. Lightly whisk the egg yolk and add it to the meat mixture. Stir over medium heat for 1-2 minutes. Cut the boiled egg white in small pieces and add to the meat mixture. Fill piroshkis and fry.

Traditional piroshki fillings

Potato and onion filling

1 kgr potatoes

2 finely chopped onions

2 tsp salt

1 tsp black pepper

1/2 tsp oregano

1/2 cup olive oil

Boil the potatoes and mash them. Brown the onions in a pan, add the mashed potatoes, salt, pepper and oregano. Mix over low heat for 2-3 minutes. Fill piroshkis and fry.

© 2012 Aquamarine18

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    • Old Navy Guy profile image

      Old Navy Guy 3 years ago

      Excellent. On the way to the store to buy the ingredients. Thanks for sharing!!!

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      Bob Zau 4 years ago

      Oh yes! These look very tasty!

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      poutine 4 years ago

      I love piroshki .

    • mrsclaus411 profile image

      mrsclaus411 4 years ago

      I would like to serve it this Christmas! Thanks for sharing this recipe.

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      Delia 5 years ago

      I love Piroshkis, our Russian neighbors use to make them for Christmas, and I have had a variety form different countries as well. My husbands family is Puerto Rican and they make similar ones called empanadas.