Instant Pot farm cheese and potato filling for varenyky or pyzirhky

Potato, cheese and dill filling inside a Pyrizhke

Springing forward, it’s time to start making more spring and Easter foods.  Here’s a great filling for varenyky or pyrizhky.  Pyrizhky? It’s a bread-based dumpling-bun.

This recipe uses the easy dry curd cottage cheese I made.  The filling is full of spring green onions and fresh dill.

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Start by picking some big baking potatoes.

Two enormous Russet baking potatoes filling the Instant Pot on top of a wire rack

I think it’s better to steam them in the Instant Pot.  Boiling peeled potatoes yields potatoes that are far too watery for our purposes here.  Set the Instant Pot to Manual and High Pressure for 12 minutes.  You can release the steam when that time is up.

Silicon gloves covered in tiny bumps

When the potatoes come out, they’re hot.  It’s easy to pull the skin off and save your hands if you have a heavy pair of silicon gloves.  Mine have little bumps that make quick work of cleaning skins off potatoes.

Peeled potatoes inside a potato ricer

I put my potatoes through a potato ricer.

Potatoes pushed through the small holes of the potato ricerThe key here is that the potato is hot so that it goes through the ricer more easily.  You could also mash the potatoes.

All the ingredients packed together in a bowl. The green dill on top stands out.

Combine the riced or mashed potatoes with dry curd cottage cheese.  The ratio is roughly equal parts cheese to potato.  Finely chopped green onion and fresh dill provide great colour.  There’s about a cup of cooked onions for extra flavour.

A walnut-sized ball of filling on top of a circle of bread dough

Season with salt and pepper to taste.  This filling holds together well so it’s easier to shape the dumplings or buns. Now, get started on the dough.

Special equipment

  • Instant Pot
  • Steamer rack insert
  • Silicon gloves
  • Potato ricer or a potato masher

Potato, cheese and dill filling inside a Pyrizhke

Instant Pot farm cheese and potato filling for varenyky or pyzirhky

A fresh filling for varenyky, pyrohe, pyrizhky or whatever dumpling you like.
Prep Time 1 hr
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 1 hr 15 mins
Course Filling, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine Ukrainian-Canadian


  • 2 pounds Russet or Idaho potatoes
  • 1 pound dry curd cottage cheese
  • 1 cup cooked chopped onions (optional)
  • 1 cup fresh dill chopped
  • 3 green onions finely chopped


  • Poke holes in the potatoes with a fork and place the potatoes on the steamer rack insert in the Instant Pot. Add 2 cups of water.
  • Set the Instant Pot for 12 minutes on Manual at High Pressure.
  • Remove the potato skins and squeeze hot potato pieces through a potato ricer.
  • Combine the potatoes with dry curd cottage cheese, chopped dill and green onions. If you have cooked onions available, add them for extra flavour.




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