Happy Hour with Russian Pel’Meni and a Vodka Shot

I had never heard of these before, but they are all the rave in Bellingham, WA. Pel’Meni Restaurants‘ only items are either meat or potato dumplings topped with olive oil, vinegar, hot sauce, sour cream, curry and cilantro. I don’t know how Russian it is, considering the diversification of ingredients used. But the Indian, Mexican and Russian influences in this dish work really well together. Who would have thought?

The potato dumplings at the restaurant were plain potato. I added a lot more flavor into mine by adding curry, cream cheese, and ricotta to the mashed potatoes. The result? The filling is seriously out of this world. Next time I make mashed potatoes I am using these ingredients.

And because it is “Russian”, don’t forget to wash it down with some vodka!

This appetizer is extremely easy to put together. Once you have cooked the potatoes, you will have plated this amazing appetizer in less than 10 minutes. I know, it’s pretty awesome.


  • Round Wanton wrappers
  • 2 med/small potatoes, boiled
  • 2 1/2 tbsp cream cheese
  • 2 1/2 tbs ricotta cheese (or sour cream as substitute)
  • Season filling with salt, pepper, and curry (recommend using Madras curry)
  • Topping: a bit of olive oil, vinegar, hot sauce, salt, curry (Madras), sour cream and cilantro
  • Sprinkle of lime juice (optional)


  1. Boil potato until soft
  2. Mash potato, and add the rest of ingredients
  3. Brush water around outside of wanton wrapper. Place 1/2-1 tsp filling in middle, fold over and seal. Take corners and fold in a bit.
  4. Boil in water for about a minute on each side
  5. Plate the dumplings, and add a drizzle of olive oil, vinegar and hot sauce. Top with sour cream. Sprinkle a bit of curry, salt and cilantro.
  6. Sprinkle with a bit of lime juice (optional).

10 Responses to “Happy Hour with Russian Pel’Meni and a Vodka Shot”

  1. Very interesting. I like your rendition of pelmenies. We make Russian Pelmenies with beef and serve it with butter and sour cream. I will post my Mom’s version one day.

  2. looks and sounds like a great recipe!! but my vodka shot is missing… πŸ™‚

  3. Wow looks delicious. I like how you added you’re own twist to it. And vodka, YES PLEASE!

  4. So funny–you totally got my attention with VODKA SHOT in the title of your post…it’s been one of those days. πŸ˜‰ Really interesting recipe–thanks for sharing it. They look great!

  5. Susana Cueva-Lopez Says:

    where can I find the β€’Round Wanton wrappers? here it is hard to find anything out of hamburger meat. and hotdogs..

    • Hi Susy! There is a great Asian store on State Street right next to Sergio Centro Latino. The asian groceries there are a lot cheaper than regular stores. But you can also find the wanton wrappers pretty much everywhere. Usually found in the refrigerated section by the produce.

  6. I love this recipe, will try for sure, I already have the Stolli chillin the freezer!

  7. It’s gorgeous and the recipe combination sounds fantastic. What a classy dish this would be for company. Thanks for sharing.

  8. What a gorgeous dish and I bet it tastes wonderful!!!

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