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Susan Feniger's Ukrainian Spinach Dumplings


Ukrainian Spinach Dumplings with Lemon Marmalade and Sour Cream [Photograph: Jennifer May]

Small, moon-shaped dumplings called varenyky are a common sight in Eastern Europe. While a tender, rich dough is a given, this style of dumpling can be filled with anything from potatoes to pickled fish. Verenyky are killer comfort food, especially with sour cream.

Susan Feniger's version in Street Food takes what could be a heavy appetizer and brightens it up with summer vegetables. Instead of overloading the dumplings with meat or starch, she brings zucchini and spinach together with earthy potatoes and tangy feta cheese. To top them off, Feniger makes a genius move and serves her verenyky with bright and bitter lemon marmalade. The lemon cuts the richness of the buttery dough, highlighting the herbaceous spinach, sweet zucchini, and briny feta.

Reprinted with permission from Susan Feniger's Street Food by Susan Feniger. Copyright 2012. Published by Clarkston Potter. Available wherever books are sold. All rights reserved.

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