Yup, I'm Ukrainian and was raised on Ukrainian, Polish and Russian Poor Man's Food.
Many of the recipes such as Pierogies (Most will know) have a version in all of these Countries. In fact, I've found that most Countries around the
World will have a version of food wrapped in a dough or leaf of some sort. Cheap, easy and Yummy!
Anyhoo, I was missing something that I had as a kid and that was bread dough and beet leaf. (A form of holuptsi) So, I decided to make it up today in
the bakery for supper when my wife and I close tonight.
I forgot how easy it was and how basic as well. Mom used to make it as it sounds: Bread dough, beet leaves wrapped up and served with a little garlic
butter and bacon dribbled over it.
Then we have my version...
I don't use beet leaf but rather Kale or Chard. Pic is chard. My dough is just a basic bread dough...water, salt, yeast, sugar and flour. Done.
Once the dough rises 2x the size, beat it down and start tearing off 50 gram pieces (or whatever you decide) roll it out with your hand and wrap the
leaf around it. Should wrap 2-3 times around it.
butter up a small cake pan and start laying them out. Throw some onions over the layer and a melted butter mix of dill, butter, thyme, garlic, black
pepper and a little salt. Now do another layer and repeat. (Sometimes a layer of crushed tomatoes in the middle is great as well.
Let rise for 30 minutes and bake at 350 for approx. 40-50 minutes. Make another batch of your favorite garlic butter and spices, melt and pour over
the top. Don't be shy!
Servings: An Army!
Smiles: Too many to count.
edit on 3-3-2013 by jude11 because: (no reason given)