Why the recipe for the “vushka”‘s dough includes milk and cream cheese? ) filled dumplings made from the same dough as varenyky (perogie), maybe softer.
They are served with pisnyi borshch for Christmas Eve which is meat, egg and dairy free.
To make the sauerkraut: Combine water or sauerkraut liquid, 1 pound sauerkraut, onion, salt and pepper, and garlic in a Dutch oven.
Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low and simmer 1 hour, stirring occasionally, until the liquid is almost gone. To make the dough balls: Heat oven to 350 degrees and lightly grease a baking sheet. Bake balls until golden brown on top and the dough balls feel somewhat “stiff” when squeezed. When ready to serve, reheat sauerkraut mixture until it just begins to produce steam. Cover, turn off heat, let stand 2-3 minutes, and serve immediately.
The bread isn’t eaten until Christmas Day because it contains eggs and Ukrainian Catholics fast for Advent, including Christmas Eve.
Kolach is a symbol of good luck, eternity, prosperity, and is also featured at memorial services for the dead.
The beet and mushroom flavors are a wonderful combination.” Vushka Dough: To make the vushka dough: Warm milk in a small pot but do not let it come to a boil. Add breadcrumbs to mushrooms along with garlic and salt. To cook the vushka: Bring a large pot ogf salted water to a boil.
(We may just have to look into making a cookbook in the new year! I saw a lot of Ukrainian cooking books calling varenyky either perogies (Polish) or vareniki (Russian).