LifestyleDumplings with cabbage are delicious, but these options surpass them. Imagine soft dough with delightful stuffing

Dumplings with cabbage are delicious, but these options surpass them. Imagine soft dough with delightful stuffing

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9:08 AM EST, November 23, 2023

Dumplings are a staple at any holiday table. Though the filling of cabbage and mushrooms is a Christmas favorite, it's worth exploring other combinations as well. You're sure to enjoy them.

Many people eagerly await holiday dumplings all year round. Even though they are enjoyed throughout the year, the ones prepared for holiday festivities have a distinct taste. The traditional combination of cabbage and mushrooms is a coveted item at any table, with the presence of Russian dumplings also felt in some households. However, for those seeking a delightful variation from the classic version, here are three enticing inspirations for underappreciated holiday fillings. These dumplings are bound to delight your loved ones.

The dough for dumplings

The fundamental aspect of any dumpling is the dough. It ought to be soft and pliable to perfectly encapsulate the filling. This recipe is versatile and suitable for all kinds of fillings.


  • About 4 1/4 cups type 500 wheat flour,
  • 1 egg,
  • 1 flat tablespoon of salt,
  • A little over 3/4 cups of hot water,
  • 2 tablespoons of oil.


  1. Sift the flour into a bowl, add salt and oil.
  2. Beat the egg separately.
  3. Add the hot water to the flour mix and stir with a spoon.
  4. Include the beaten egg to the mix and knead with your hands for about 10 minutes until it becomes smooth and elastic.
  5. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and let it rest for half an hour.

Spinach and cheese dumplings

Spinach itself is subtly flavored, but when combined with full-fat cottage cheese and spices, it creates an entirely divine stuffing.


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  • 1.1 pounds of full-fat cottage cheese,
  • 0.9 pounds of spinach,
  • 2 cloves of garlic,
  • salt and pepper,
  • nutmeg.

Rinse the spinach in cold water and let it dry. Saute it in a pan with a bit of butter, adding crushed garlic. Allow it to cool before mixing with crumbled cottage cheese, then season with salt, pepper, and nutmeg.

Fish dumplings

As Christmas Eve is traditionally a fast day, meat dumplings are customarily omitted from the menu. A simple stuffing with cod and a hint of dill could be a delicious alternative replacement.


  • 1.1 pounds of cod loin,
  • 1 small onion,
  • 1 teaspoon of butter,
  • dill,
  • salt and pepper.

Finely chop an onion and saute it in a pan with a bit of butter. Grind the fish in a blender and add the cooked onion, dill, salt, and pepper. Mix it all thoroughly for a balanced blend.

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Dumplings with buckwheat groats and mushrooms

Buckwheat groats are both healthy and flavorsome and they pair excellently with forest mushrooms. This combination will surely have everyone reaching for more.

  • 0.2 pounds of dried mushrooms,
  • 1 onion,
  • 2 tablespoons of butter,
  • 0.7 pounds of buckwheat groats,
  • 1 yolk,
  • salt and pepper.

Soak the mushrooms in warm water for 30 minutes, and cook the groats as per the package instructions. Boil the soaked mushrooms, chop them, and add to the fluffy groats. Also, include chopped and lightly fried onion, yolk, salt, and pepper. Serve with an onion garnish for added flavor.

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