Placinta

Pronounced pluh-chin-tuh, this is a filled fried bread that is a staple in every Moldovan household.

Ingredients

Dough:

  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil, for frying

Cheese Filling:

  • 2 cups ricotta cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 1 sprig dill, chopped
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • Mix all ingredients together.

Potato Filling:

  • 3 cups water
  • 4 cups peeled potatoes, peeled
  • 2 cups onions, chopped
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • Boil water, potatoes, and onions. Cook until fork tender. Mash and season with salt and pepper. Let cool completely before assembling placinta.

Cabbage Filling:

  • 2 cups shredded cabbage
  • 2 cups chopped onion
  • salt and pepper to salt
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil

  • Heat oil in skillet over medium heat. Sauté cabbage and onion until limp. Season with salt and pepper. Let cool completely before assembling placinta.

Apple Filling:

  • 4 tart apples, peeled and grated
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Heat oil in skillet over medium heat. Mix apples, sugar, and cinnamon. Sauté apple mixture until soft. Let cool completely before assembling placinta.

Cherry Filling:

  • 1 pound sour cherries, pitted (or 1 can cherry pie filling)
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • Mix cherries and sugar together.

Pumpkin Filling:

  • 2 cups canned pumpkin
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • Mix all ingredients together.

Directions

In a large bowl, whisk together 3½ cups of flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. 

Stir in the egg, buttermilk, milk and 3 tbsp of oil until dough comes together (dough should be tacky.) 

Knead in remaining ½ cup of flour until a soft dough forms.

Divide the dough into 8 balls, using a ½ cup measuring scoop for even shapes.

On a lightly floured surface, roll out each piece of dough to a 9" circle. 

Place 1 cup of the filling in the center and fold in the edges, pinching them to the top. 

Gently roll out again to an 8" circle and fry over med-low heat until golden (about 2 min on each side.)

Place on a paper towel to absorb extra oil to cool slightly before eating.

#maindish #staple #vegetarian

Recipe submitted by Peace Corps Moldova staff

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