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“These turned out great, nice for luch and a late night nibble.”
1hr 20mins
40 appetizers

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Combine the flour, salt, butter and lard in a deep bowl.
  2. With your fingers, rub the flour and fat together until they look like flakes of coarse meal.
  3. Pour in 8 tablespoons of ice water all at once and gather the dough into a ball.
  4. If it curmbles, add up to 4 tablespoons more of ice water, a tablespoon at a time, until the particles adhere.
  5. Wrap the ball of dough in wax paper, and chill for about 1 hour.
  6. On a lightlly floured surface, shape the pastry into a rough rectangle 1 inch thick and roll it into a strip about 21 inches long and 6 inches wide.
  7. Turn the pastry around and again roll it out lengthwise int a 21-by-6-inch strip.
  8. Fold into thirds and roll out the packet as before.
  9. Repeat this entire process twice more, ending with the folded packet.
  10. Wrap it is wax paper and refrigerate for an additional hour.
  11. Over high heat, melt the butter in a heavy 10-to 12-inch skillet.
  12. Add onions and, stirring occasionally, cook over moderate heat for 8 to 10 minutes, or until they are soft and transparent but not brown.
  13. Stir in the beef and, mashing the meat with a fork to break up any lumps, cook briskly until no traces of pink remain.
  14. Grind the meat-and-onion mixture through the finest blade of a meat grinder (or, the mixture finely with a knife).
  15. Combine the meat in a large bowl with eggs, dill, salt and pepper, mix thoroughly and taste for seasoning.
  16. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  17. On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough into a circle about 1/8 inch thick.
  18. With a 3 to 3 1/2-inch cookie cutter, cut out as many circles as you can.
  19. Gather the scraps into a ball and roll out again, cutting additional circles.
  20. Drop 2 tablespoons of filling in the center of each round and flatten the filling slightly.
  21. Fold one long side of the dough up over the filling, almost covering it.
  22. Fold in the two ends of the dough about 1/2 inch, and lastly, fold over the remaining long side of the dough.
  23. Place the pirozhki side by side, with the seam sides down on a buttered baking sheet.
  24. Bake for 30 minutes, or until golden brown.

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