Verenika recipe for cheese-filled dumplings served with ham and cream gravy.

Prep Time:
1 hrs
Cook Time:
15 mins
Additional Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 30 mins
30 dumplings


  • 2 ½ cups dry cottage cheese

  • 2 eggs

  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 3 ¾ cups all-purpose flour

  • cup nonfat dry milk powder

  • ¾ teaspoon baking powder

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 2 eggs

  • ¾ cup water

  • 4 teaspoons vegetable oil

  • 3 tablespoons butter

  • 1 cup cubed ham

  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • teaspoon black pepper

  • 2 ½ cups warm milk


  1. Combine cottage cheese, 2 eggs, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper in a mixing bowl. Beat with an electric mixer until smooth; set filling aside.

  2. Stir together flour, milk powder, baking powder, and 1/2 teaspoon salt in a large bowl. Beat together 2 eggs, water, and oil in a small bowl; combine with flour mixture until smooth.

  3. Knead dough on a floured surface until smooth, about 10 times. Divide dough in half and roll out each portion to 1/8-inch thickness. Cut out rounds of dough with a 4-inch round cutter.

  4. Place 1 tablespoon cottage cheese filling in the center of each dough round. Moisten the edges and fold over to form a half-moon shape; pinch to seal.

  5. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add 1/2 of the dumplings and cook until tender, 8 to 10 minutes; remove with a slotted spoon to a plate. Cook remaining dumplings.

  6. Melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium-low heat. Stir in ham; cook until ham is light brown. Stir in 3 tablespoons flour, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/8 teaspoon pepper. Pour in milk all at once; cook and stir until thick and bubbly. Serve gravy over dumplings.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

127 Calories
4g Fat
15g Carbs
7g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 30
Calories 127
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 4g 5%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 35mg 12%
Sodium 254mg 11%
Total Carbohydrate 15g 5%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 7g
Vitamin C 0mg 2%
Calcium 64mg 5%
Iron 1mg 6%
Potassium 110mg 2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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