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Gombovtsi is a little-known dish of Ukrainian cuisine, which remains quite common in Transcarpathia. This dessert is interesting because its recipe is almost identical to the national Chinese dish baoji. Therefore, some researchers believe that the roots of Gombovtsi should be sought in the era of nomadic lifestyle.

This dessert is small pies stuffed with the sweet and cooked on a steam. Fruits or berries are usually added to pies, but not necessarily. An integral part of Gombovtsi, without which this dish is impossible to imagine, are breadcrumbs.


Here's what you need to make this original dessert:

  • cottage cheese — 150 grams;
  • semolina — 40 grams;
  • sugar — 20 grams;
  • vanilla sugar — 10 teaspoons;
  • yolk — 1 piece;
  • breadcrumbs — 50 grams;
  • butter — 20 grams;
  • sour cream — 100 grams;
  • powdered sugar — 20 grams;
  • vanilla sugar (for sauce) — 5 grams.

Video recipe

The cooking process

  1. The cooking of Gombovtsi begins with the preparation of cottage cheese. It must be rubbed through a sieve. The blender will not be suitable for this, because the cottage cheese beaten in it will no longer have the necessary structure. Mix the stirred cottage cheese with the yolks, sugar, vanilla sugar and semolina.
  2. The dish is prepared on a steam bath. If you do not have a special steamer, you can use a sieve or gauze stretched over a pan of boiling water. Form small balls from the finished dough. Gombovtsi will be ready in 15 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, prepare the breading that is the main "highlight" of the dish. To do this, simply fry the breadcrumbs in a small amount of butter. Roll the finished cheese balls in breadcrumbs. Serve with sweet sour cream sauce.

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