Lazy Holubsti & Pittihe

Thanksgiving is almost here!

My grandmother was 100% Ukrainian. We grew up eating some wonderful authentic dishes that have become mainstays in our holiday fare. Most years my mom includes at least one of our favorites, usually Holubsti (hole-lub-chi), which is a rice mixture rolled up in cabbage leaves.

Then there’s Pittihe (pit-a-hey), a dumpling filled with any of the following: cabbage, potato and cheese, or sauerkraut. I grew up on the potato and cheese, and it’s customary to fry chopped onion in butter and serve it on the side with some sour cream. Pittihe is actually Ukrainian slang, similar to us calling potatoes spuds. There are other names for this dish, such as Pierogi or Varenyky.

Both of these recipes are rather involved (especially the Pittihe) so we have nice, easy, lazy versions of them 🙂 And when you set your Ukrainian table, don’t forget the {turkey} polish keilbasa.

Lazy Holubsti

1 cup rice, cooked

4 T. butter, divided

1 med. onion, chopped

1 1/2 cup tomato sauce

3 cup shredded cabbage

salt & pepper to taste

~ Cook rice first with water and 1 T butter. Cook onion in 3 T. butter until tender. Add cabbage and cook until wilted. Mix in 1/2 cup tomato sauce and save the rest. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Arrange cabbage and rice in alternating layers in buttered baking dish. Pour the rest of the tomato sauce on top. Cover and bake for 45 minutes at 350*.



Lazy Dumplings

2 cups dry cottage cheese

1 T. melted butter

3 eggs, beaten

1 t. salt

3/4 cup flour

~ Press the cottage cheese through a sieve. Beat in the butter, eggs and salt. Mix in flour. Place dough on a well floured surface and shape into a cylinder about 2 inches in diameter. Slice into 1/2 inch slices. Cut the slices in half to make half-moon shapes. Bring water, seasoned with salt, to a boil. Simmer the dumplings until they float, about 5-6 minutes. Remove with slotted spoon. Dribble with butter to keep them from sticking. Serve with fried onions and sour cream.

Happy cooking and extra happy eating!


One thought on “Lazy Holubsti & Pittihe

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