Polish 'Little Ears' Dumplings (Uszka) Recipe

Polish Little Ear Dumplings or Uszka
Polish Little Ear Dumplings or Uszka. © Ian O'Leary / Getty Images
  • 50 mins
  • Prep: 30 mins,
  • Cook: 20 mins
  • Yield: 36 uzka (12 servings)
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Polish uszka, also known as "little ears" because of their shape, are one of the three main Polish filled dumplings/crepes along with pierogi and .

Uszka are typically made with savory fillings and boiled in broth. Mushroom-filled uszka served in beet barszcz are a favorite for Christmas Eve wigilia dinner.

These dumplings can be shaped into miniature versions of pierogi or into something that resembles Italian or Chinese wontons.

Here's an easy way to make Polish uszka. Use the filling of choice.

What You'll Need

  • Uszka Dough:
  • 2 cups flour (all-purpose)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg (beaten)
  • 3 tablespoons water (or more as necessary)
  • Dried Mushrom Filling:
  • 4 ounces mushrooms (dried Polish, soaked in warm water until hydrated and pliable)
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 small onion (very finely chopped)
  • 1 tablespoon bread crumbs (fresh white)
  • 2 tablespoons parsley (finely chopped)
  • 1 large egg (beaten)
  • Salt and pepper to taste

How to Make It

Make the Dried Mushroom Filling

  • Carefully lift the mushrooms from the soaking liquid so as not to disturb the grit at the bottom of the bowl. Save this liquid for beet soup or another purpose. Chop mushrooms very finely and set aside.
     
  • Heat butter in a large skillet. Add onions and sauté 5 minutes or until translucent.
     
  • Add chopped mushrooms to onions and cook 10 minutes or until liquid has evaporated and mixture begins to sizzle.
     
  • Transfer onion-mushroom mixture to a large bowl and add breadcrumbs, parsley and egg. Season to taste with salt and pepper and mix together forming a firm paste. Set aside and let cool completely while you make the dough. Mushroom filling will keep, refrigerated, for up to 24 hours.

Make the Uszka Dough

  1. Place 2 cups all-purpose flour in a stand mixer or large bowl. Blend in the 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1 large beaten egg and 3 tablespoons water, or more as necessary.
     
  2. Knead until a smooth dough forms, adding additional water, if necessary. Remove dough from bowl, cover with plastic wrap and let rest 20 minutes.
     
  3. Put a large pot of broth or salted water on to boil. On a lightly floured surface, roll dough very thinly. Cut into 2-inch squares. (Note: Alternatively, the dough can be cut into small circles and folded as for pierogi.)
     
  4. Place a spoonful of the mushroom filling or the  of choice on each square. Moisten two edges of the dough with water and fold in half to form a triangle, pressing out any air.
     
  5. Dab one of the points with water and lap the other point over and press them together. It will look a little like a tri-cornered hat. Repeat with remaining dough.
     
  6. Drop uszka into boiling broth or water and cook 10 minutes or until tender when tested.