Pierogies ~ Stuffed Dough Pockets

pierogiesI’ve said it before and I will say it again!  I feel so blessed to work with such a talented group of individuals in our Sunday Supper Movement.  Our contributors blow me away with their recipes, creativity and dedication.  I am honored to be featuring one of our contributors today and love that she shared a recipe that I love and have never made at home.  Cindy from  Cindy’s Recipes and Writings inspires me every week with her wonderful Sunday Supper recipes and today I am so excited to share her recipe for Pierogies.

I’m so excited about guest posting here at Family Foodie for my friend Isabel! I first heard about the Sunday Supper Movement and #SundaySupper tweetchat back in June and knew I wanted to join! The #SundaySupper members are such a supportive group of food bloggers and really talented cooks in their own right!
Today I wanted to share with you one of my own favorite recipes that mean so much to me. An old family recipe passed down from my Gram to my Mom then to me. It didn’t stop there. I passed it on to my daughter and granddaughter.
That dish would be…
Pierogies!

Pierogies are little dough “pockets” that you can stuff with just about anything! Wait let me clarify that last statement! Pierogies have many names and depending on your nationality, these little dumpling relatives take on a variety of fillings.
I’m Pennsylvania Dutch, which means I have an Eastern European background and we make ours with potato and cheese, sauerkraut, sautéed cabbage and onion, and occasionally ground meat.
What makes pierogies different from boiled ravioli, pot-stickers and other pasta based dough pockets is that we boil it first then sauté in butter or deep fry.
These little treasures were my first working with pasta dough experience.
There’s an art to making homemade pasta. My Gram used to say, “You need to know how to make ‘em with your eyes shut!” Old school.
There’s a certain feel to the dough depending whether you’re making pies, pasta or bread. So I hope I can do justice to explaining the process with words and pictures!

[print_this]Pierogies ~ Stuffed Dough Pockets

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour, plus 1 cup reserved
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 4 cups potatoes, peeled, cubed
  • 1 medium onion
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded Cheddar or American cheese
  • salt, and pepper to taste

Filling:
To make filling, cover potatoes with water and boil for 10 minutes, add onions and continue boiling until potatoes are fork tender. Drain.

Return to pot, add cheese and mash. Season to taste.

Set aside to cool.

Dough:
In a large bowl, add 3 cups flour, make a depression or “well” in the center and add the eggs.

Slowly add water a little at a time, working into the dough as needed.
Knead dough until soft and slightly sticky.

Cover bowl with damp towel and let dough rest 15 minutes.

Sprinkle some of the reserve flour over the work surface and lightly coat hands and rolling pin.
Divide dough into thirds and roll out until about 1/8-inch thickness.
Sprinkle reserve flour as need to keep from sticking. Use sparingly or excess flour will toughen dough.

Dip a 3-inch diameter drinking glass, donut cutter or biscuit cutter into reserve flour. Cut out dough circles.

To assemble:
Scoop about 1 teaspoon of filling onto the center of the dough circle. Lightly wet the outside edge of the dough with water. Fold the dough over the filling.

Wet the edge of the outer rim of the dough.

Start at one end and begin pinching the edge of the pocket shut. Be careful to keep filling off the seam. Seam should be about 1/4-inch wide. You can seal the seam with a fork if desired.

Lay closed pierogie on lightly floured waxed paper. Cover with damp cloth.
Repeat above steps with remaining ingredients.
Bring 4 quarts of lightly salted water to a rapid boil.
Carefully drop pierogies into boiling water. Nudge pierogies from bottom with a slotted spoon. Reduce heat and gently boil until pierogies float (approximately 5 minutes).

Test one for doneness. Dough should be cooked through but not soggy.
Remove pierogies with slotted spoon to a colander. Rinse with cold water to prevent sticking. Drain. Move to waxed paper to thoroughly cool.

You can then eat them as is, (I even like them cold as a snack, weird I know) deep fry them, sauté in butter with onions like below which is my favorite way, or freeze them for later!
Here’s my favorite version:
Add butter to skillet. Place pierogies and onions in single layer.

Fry over medium-high heat until brown on one side, flip and fry to brown other side.

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I can’t wait to try this awesome recipe.  I like my Pierogies in butter with onions ummmm….

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