Hundreds of years ago, the women in Siberia and northern Russia would prepare thousands of dumplings to feed their families throughout the long winter. These dumplings were kept frozen outdoors or in unheated sheds or barns until they were ready to be cooked. Today, Popkoff's keeps the tradition alive with their frozen, all-natural Pelmeni (pronounced pel-MEN-ee) and Vareniki (pronounced va-REN-ik-ee), two types of authentic Russian dumplings filled with meat, vegetables, or cheese.
Popkoff's uses quality ingredients to make the cleanest products possible: non-GMO King Arthur Flour; Mary's Free Range Chicken, which is air-chilled and free from antibiotics and steroids; and Meyer Natural Angus Beef, which is free from antibiotics and steroids. Made with 100% all-natural ingredients and free of preservatives, artificial flavors or colors, soy, or fillers, Popkoff's Pelmeni and Vareniki are convenient, healthy options that go from frozen to cooked in only 5 minutes.
The Pelmeni, similar in appearance to Italian tortellini, are available with chicken, farmer's cheese, or beef fillings. The Vareniki, comparable to crescent-shaped Italian ravioli, are filled with either potato and onion or cabbage and carrot. Traditionally, pelmeni and vareniki are boiled, sautéed with butter, and topped with dill, sage, rosemary, or caramelized onions and a dollop of sour cream. However, they are extremely versatile and can be prepared in endless styles of cuisine from Chinese Chicken Salad to Mexican Sope. They inspire innovation in the kitchen since they work well with a variety of herbs and sauces and can easily be added to soups and salads. They can even be fried for a texture and crunch. The Pelmeni and Vareniki can be prepared as a main course entrée, accompaniment, or appetizer, and are also great for entertaining.