Every now and then I have to make something that is totally mysterious to me. Party piroshki (p. 89) was one of these items. I had no idea what a piroshki even was and what made it "party"? Confetti and balloons? I was hopeful.
I sauteed onion in oil and added beef and salt. After the meat started to brown, I added beef brother, pepper, sugar, and rice. That was covered and allowed to cook:
I rolled out puff pastry (even TJOC says not to bother making your own puff pastry--just buy it. And it's a bazillion times easier to work with than phyllo, so don't be scared). I dumped the filling in the middle (actually, the recipe makes two, so the filling was halved):
The dough was rolled in to a pocked:
They were brushed with an egg wash:
And popped in the oven:
The rolls were then sliced:
These were great for a party! They were the perfect size for an easy appetizer. That being said, the piroshki were bland. Which isn't a surprise because spices weren't added at all other than salt and pepper, which isn't enough for me. I think it need at least garlic--at the very minimum. Any other ideas? I've never had a piroshki so I'm not sure if the recipe was accurate or not. The pictures on Wikipedia are pretty similar to what I made--anyone had one before? I imagine they were "party" because they were big, sadly, there were no balloons or banners involved.