A Taste of Slovenia: Rolled Dumplings
Slovenia is very small country but we have a big variety of dumplings. We prepare them from different kinds of dough and with various fillings. The most typical and popular variety are cottage cheese dumplings, which can be served as a side dish with different kinds of vegetables and meats or as a dessert with fruits and honey or sugar.
We had cottage cheese dumplings with Stephanie while she was visiting us in Slovenia. Alenka, one of the product managers at Primalab in Slovenia, makes very good dumplings and she’s sharing her recipe so that you too can get a taste of Stephanie’s world tour.
The recipe for Alenka’s cottage cheese dumplings
Ingredients for the dough:
- 300 g of flour
- 1 egg
- 100 ml of water
- 1–2 tbsp of oil
- pinch of salt
Ingredients for the filling:
- 500 g of cottage cheese
- 200 g of sour cream
- 2 egg yolks
- 2–3 egg whites
- pinch of salt
- bread crumbs
Mix all the ingredients for the dough well so that you get a homogenous mixture. The dough should be soft and must not stick to your hands. If necessary add more flour. Wrap the dough in a cloth to rest.
In the meantime, we can prepare the filling. Put cottage cheese in a large bowl, add sour cream, egg yolks, and salt and mix well. Carefully add whipped egg whites and mix slowly.
Roll out the dough as thin as possible.
Spread butter and then a thin layer of roasted bread crumbs on the dough.
Spread the cottage cheese filling on the dough.
Now roll the dough up tightly to form a roll like the one in the picture below. You can keep it as one big roll or better cut it into smaller pieces to fit the size of your cooking pot.
Wrap the rolls into wet cloth and tie on both sides. You can also use foil instead as Alenka and I did.
Put the rolls into salted boiling water and cook covered on low heat for about 20 minutes. Unwrap and cut the dumplings while they are still hot. You can serve them with roasted bread crumbs on butter as a dessert or as a side dish.
I hope you’ll enjoy this little taste of Slovenia. Let me know how you liked the dumplings in the comments section and feel free to share your pictures!