Beef and Onion Piroshki

Beef PiroshkiThis is a classic piroshki recipe.  You make these in three steps: make the dough, cook the filling, and then assemble the piroshki.  It’s easiest to do with a dough press but you can build it manually.  If so, be sure to seal the edges well with the tines of a fork.

For the dough


3 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
1/2 cup cold butter
2 large eggs
1 cup sour cream


  1. Sift the flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar into a bowl.  Cut the butter into 1/2-inch cubes and add it to the flour.  Cut the butter into the flour with a pastry knife until it is the consistency of oatmeal.
  2. In another bowl, whisk the eggs and sour cream together until it is smooth.
  3. Add the egg mixture to the flour mixture and stir into a mass.  Remove the dough ball to a floured counter and knead for a few minutes to make a smooth dough.  Cover the dough ball and chill it in the refrigerator for an hour.

For the filling


1 pound ground beef
1 large onion, finely chopped
1 tablespoon flour
1/2 cup water or broth
3 tablespoons sour cream
2 hard-boiled eggs, chopped
3 tablespoons fresh dill, chopped
black pepper
1 egg, lightly beaten, for glazing


  1. Brown the meat in a skillet.  Add the onion and sauté for ten minutes or until the meat and onion are cooked.
  2. Sprinkle flour over the meat mixture and continue cooking for one more minute to gelatinize the flour.  Add the water to create an in-the-pan sauce.
  3. Add the sour cream, stir to blend, and then remove from the heat.  Add the chopped eggs, dill, and salt and pepper to taste.  Set aside.

To assemble and bake the piroshki

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

  1. Divide the dough in half and return one half to the refrigerator to keep it cold.  Roll the dough out on a floured counter to a thickness of 1/4-inch.  Cut the dough into twelve 6-inch rounds.  Place a round in the floured dough press.  Place three tablespoons of the filling on the round.  Close the dough press firmly to seal the edges of the pastry.  Continue with the rest of the rounds and filling.
  2. Place the completed piroshki on a greased baking sheet.  Poke a few holes in the piroshki with the tines of a fork to vent the piroshki.  Brush with a beaten egg.
  3. Bake for 20 minutes or until they are golden brown.

Baker’s note: You can make piroshki without a dough press—a dough press just makes it easier.  Place your filling on one-half of the round, fold the other half over until the edges meet, and press the edges together with the tines of a fork.  Press firmly to make sure that you have a good seal.