Traditional Polish ravioli with meat not only for Christmas [recipe]

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One of the most popular and traditional at the same time Polish dishes for Christmas is beetroot soup, the so-called borscht with ravioli. Today, our team prepared for you a traditional recipe for ravioli (called uszka in Poland) with meat which you can relish not only for Christmas Eve dinner. 

Meat stuffing:

– 4 types of meat approx 300g/ 10.6oz each (2 types of beef and 2 types of pork – minced),

– onion approx. 250 – 300g/ 8.8 – 10.6oz,

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– 2 cloves of garlic,

– salt, pepper, herbes de Provence, thyme, marjoram, rosemary, sweet paprika (about 1 teaspoon each),

– 1 tbsp oil.

1. Peel the onion and chop it finely. Fry it in a frying pan with a tablespoon of oil. 

2. Combine the minced meat with pressed garlic and fried onion. 

3. Season the stuffing with seasoning.

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4. Mix thoroughly.

Ravioli dough:

– 2 cups of wheat flour,

– 1 flat teaspoon of salt,

– 1 teaspoon butter or 1 tablespoon oil,

– 1 cup hot water.

1. Sift the flour onto the pastry board making a hill. Make a ‘hollow’ in it, and add salt and oil. 

2. Gradually pour in the hot water, while mixing the ingredients with the other hand.

3. Knead the dough into a ball (add a little more flour, if the dough is too thin, or if the dough is too dry and hard, add a little warm water).

4. Knead the dough for about 10 minutes until it is soft and elastic. 

5. Cover with a cloth and set aside for about 20 – 30 minutes. Then divide it into 2 or 3 parts.

6. Roll out the first part of the dough into a thin sheet, and cut out small discs with a small glass.

7. Use a spoon to put stuffing in the middle and form into ravioli (just like dumplings turn the ends towards each other).

8. Boil water in a large pot, add salt and 1 tbsp oil. 

9. Drop the ravioli into the boiling water and cook for about 1-2 minutes from the moment they float to the surface, or shorter if the dough is already soft and we will reheat them later. 

10. Take the ravioli out with a skimmer and set them aside on a tray to cool.

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