My mother used to make pirozhki (pier-oo-SHKEY). Pirozhki are sort of a Russian pasty, but fried. Or not. I've never had the not, but I'm thinking maybe oven fried? Coated with oil and baked on convection?
So, then there's filling. You can put anything in, really, including fruit/sweet, but traditionally, it's most basic Northern things. Beef with onion and chopped egg is classic. I'm trying to decide how far to wander off, like with some mushrooms. Or I could caramelize the onions. Oooh, and maybe some mustard seeds. I think that would please modern palates without wandering off too far.
What do you think?