Uszka (literally ‘Little Ears’, pronon: ‘Ooshkah’, already plural) are tiny Polish dumplings, shaped like… little ears, hence the name.
On Christmas Eve, they’re traditionally stuffed with Wild Mushroom or Sauerkraut filling (sometimes both) and are served in a clear Red Borscht soup.
For the full list of ingredients & detailed instructions, please see the recipe card at the end of this post. But before you scroll, there’s important stuff to know below.
In this recipe, we’ll be making the former – festive Uszka packed with fragrant porcinis (penny buns). If you can’t find these mushrooms – don’t worry, just read on.
Do you need any special ingredients to make these Uszka dumplings?
Yes, and sadly – the key ingredient can be pricey (unless you’re a mushroom forager yourself).
🇵🇱 In Poland, mushroom hunting is a very popular autumn pastime. Even if you don’t participate, there’s always someone in the family or friend circle who does.
In season, fresh wild fungi (porcini/boletus; bay boletus and many more) are available at farmer’s markets and produce stalls. You’ll find them dried or frozen throughout the year at any larger supermarket.
🌍 Internationally, mushroom foraging often proves difficult. Forests are often private and entrance is restricted. Fungi species differ geographically as well.
Dried and frozen wild mushrooms are great, you’ll find them in larger supermarkets and online (here’s a pack from Amazon). You can cheat a bit by adding cheaper, more accessible champignons.
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How should you serve these Uszka?
Mushroom-filled Uszka are traditionally served with a Red Borscht soup. (👈 click for a recipe)
You can also serve them the same way as Italian tortellini – with toppings, sauces and garnishes of your choice.
Can you make these Uszka another way?
You can use another filling. For Christmas it’s mostly mushroom or sauerkraut (or a mixture of both), but it can be anything. Check out his Pierogi Filling ideas for some inspiration.
Another thing you could do differently is to use caramelized onions, if you make them in advance.
What diets are these Uszka dumplings suitable for?
These Uszka are suitable for vegans.
If you follow a gluten-free diet, try replacing the dough with this Gluten-free Pierogi Dough recipe.
Can I freeze these Uszka?
Yes, you can, here’s how:
Grease a tray with some oil and place the dumplings on top. Make sure they don’t touch each other. Place the tray in the freezer for 2 hours.
After that time, move Uszka into a freezer-friendly container or a bag. Remember to label it with date and description. Consume within 2-3 months. Thaw overnight in the fridge.
Fun fact: Some refer to Uszka as ‘Mini Pierogi’ or ‘Polish ravioli’. But in fact, they’re closer in shape to… the Italian tortellini.
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