Green Nettle Pelmeni Dumplings

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Amber & Rye: A Baltic food journey

By Zuza Zak

Published 2021

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The dumpling of choice in most of the Baltic States is probably Siberian-style pelmeni. Traditionally, these ‘little ears’ are stuffed with meat, but I wanted to update them to reflect the freshness of modern Baltic cuisine. When I made a version with foraged nettles, they were so light and vibrant that each mouthful was like tasting a spring day!

Nettles should be picked in spring, before they flower: you only want the tender tops, usually 5 or 6 leaves per plant, and you wi