Looking through my Grandmother’s recipes, I came across one for “Cheese Dumplings”. I don’t recall my Grandmother ever making these, but it’s likely I ate them at some point… I’ll have to ask my father if he remembers them… regardless…
One of the ingredients for the recipe is “Farmer’s Cheese”. I wasn’t quite sure what that is, exactly, so I looked it up. It’s a dry ricotta-ish type cheese that I don’t recall ever seeing at the grocery store. I mean, I’ve HEARD of it.. just haven’t ever had it to my recollection. During my search for said cheese, I came across recipes to MAKE it. So I decided to take that route as I like to experiment with things. Here is the recipe…
Checking out my Grandmother’s recipe, it struck me as being like gnocchi.. a ricotta gnocchi specifically. I LOVE gnocchi. The traditional potato, and the ricotta version, so was very much looking forward to these dumplings and they did NOT disappoint!
SCRIOLKA (Cheese Dumplings)
- 1/2 pound dry farmers cheese (one cup or about half of the cheese recipe)
- 3 -6 tbsp of flour depending on how dry the cheese is (I used 6)
- 3 egg yolks
Mix all of the ingredients together. My Grandmother’s recipe says roll out and cut into squares however, I rolled into ropes and cut into approximately 1 inch pieces.
Cook in boiling salted water until they float to the top of the pot. Serve with melted butter. (I cooked some shallots in melted butter – about 1 large shallot – and added about a teaspoon of fresh thyme. It was superb!)
Very simple to make, yet sure to impress … especially if you say you made your own cheese!