Cottage cheese dumplings with mushroom sauce

Every time I talk to Lithuanians who live in Turkey, we come to one and the same topic, we really miss traditional Lithuanian curds or cottage cheese. Some girls try to make their own from yogurt, some just try similar Turkish cheeses like lor peynir or labne. However, they are always generously seasoned with salt. My recent discovery is 'köy peynir' - Village cheese. It is sold with or without salt. So here's what I made with it...

What we need:

400gr of cottage cheese ( köy peynir or ricotta)
2 tbsp of starch
2 tbsp of flour
2 eggs
a pinch of salt

for mushroom sauce

1 clove of garlic
100 gr of mushrooms
250 ml of cream
salt and pepper
1tbsp of olive oil or butter
a bunch of dill
½ teaspoon of nutmeg
permesan cheese ( optional)

What we have to do:

1. Put the cheese into a bowl. Use a fork to crumble it. Add the eggs, salt, starch and flour. Mix it well. Form round dumplings.
2.Bring a pot of water to boil and add some salt, put the dumplings in and boil for 3-4 minutes. When it rises to the top, it's ready! Drain them.
3. For sauce, heat some oil in a pan. Add crushed garlic, when it softens, add mushrooms. Brown them on each side, season and pour the cream. Simmer for 5 minutes until cream gets thicker. Finally add some grated nutmeg and chopped dill.
4. Serve dumplings with the sauce, sprinkle some extra dill and nutmeg. If you want, add some shaved permesan cheese. Enjoy!!!
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  1. We are VERY behind on commenting, so I must apologize on this late post, but this dish looks so good! Very creative use of cottage cheese!


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