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Happy Hour with Russian Pel’Meni and a Vodka Shot

Posted in Appetizers, Russian with tags , , , , , , , , on July 30, 2010 by Cooking For Mark

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).