Easy Dough for Ravioli/Pierogi Makers | Greens and Feta Dumplings
March 25, 2019
I equally enjoy eating and making dumplings. It’s one of those foods that gives me an opportunity to let my fingers work on something fine and elaborate. That’s why I haven’t given a try to my ravioli maker for years until now. But even a passionate cook who tends to make meals from scratch feels lazy from time to time and I unpacked it.
I had an idea about what kind of dough will be best to use for the maker, and the first try was successful. There were only three convenient ingredients. The dough was easy to make and easy to use. It didn’t need more than 15 minutes to rest and nicely rolled very thin. The dumplings were cooked in about 2 minutes.
I tried it for a few times with different stuffings and now happy to share the recipe! It is perfect for dumplings with the stuffing that benefits from quick cooking — raw herbs, berries, fresh cheese, etc. Enjoy!
In a large pot, bring 5 quarts of water to boiling over high heat.
In a bowl, measure the flour and place the butter on top. Pour hot water over the butter to melt it. Using chopsticks, distribute the liquid evenly in the flour. The mixture will look like large crumbs. Using your hands, knead them into a smooth dough. Cover with plastic wrap and let rest for 15 minutes.
Wash, dry, and chop the herbs or green vegetables of your choice. Use your favorite tools to chop them. Sometime, I feel tlike using my knife, and there are times when I prefer my food processor. Transfer them into a bowl, add crumbled Feta, and use your hands to combine them well. The warmth of your hands will soften the cheese and it'll bind the greens. Use the measuring scoop to divide the mixture into 20 portions, 1 tsp each.
You can make handmade dumplings or using a ravioli maker. For ravioli maker, divide the dough into 4 equal portions. Roll them the same size as the maker. Dust the maker with some flour and make dumplings.
Cook the dumplings in boiling water until they float plus 1 minute, for about 3 minutes total.
Serve warm topped with your favorite savory sauces, sour cream, pesto, etc.