Hi Everybody, I hope you all had a better week-end than I did... Grrrrrrrrr
Being that this is Thanksgiving week, and I am hosting a little family get together Thursday, I thought that I would deviate a bit from the regular 'Themed' days. My daughter, as many of you know, spent last year in Prague studying. She made a request for one of her favorite dishes, since she missed last years feast. And that is Pierogies!..Ahhhh, those tasty little Polish treats that we usually get from the local Dom Polski, but I just found out that they only make them now on Christmas and Easter!! Whats a father to do?..Buy some Mrs. T's ? Well I could, I have done it before, and they aren't bad for store-bought, but please...It ain't Rocket Surgery!!!
Pierogies are a filled ravioli-like dumpling that is filled with numerous items.. They could have a Kraut filling...A cottage cheese-like filling..A Prune filling..But the favorite filling is Cheese and Potato!!! ...When you buy the frozen ones you boil a pot of water, then you boil them for about 5-10 minutes...Drain them..Then fry them quickly in a pan that has fried onions and melted butter in the pan...Toss them till each one is coated with Butter and Onions...and enjoy with a dollop of sour cream..
The Home-Made ones are served the same, but they are much much better!!!
Here's the recipe'..The filling...
Peel, boil, and mash, 5#'s of potatoes
While mashing, add one finely chopped bunch of green onions (scallions). Tops and all!
Add one package of cream cheese.
One stick of butter
8-10 ounces of shredded Cheddar Cheese
Add NO liquid and when finished mashing..let cool!!
2 cups of flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
Add gradually one beaten Lg Egg, and a 1/2 cup of sour cream.
When dough is "not so sticky" gradually knead in one cut- up stick of soft butter..
On a floured surface roll the dough until about 1/8 inch thick..
With a round 'cutter' or a 3 inch glass, cut out as many circles as you can..
In theory, you should get about 3-4 dozen, I used this method and got exactly 2 Dozen!!
I had lots of left-over filling, and it will keep until She comes home from College on Tuesday night. I will then have her help me really make about 4 Dozen for Turkey Day!!..
The Pictures above are the stages of preparation but the order seems to have come out backwards...hehehehe..Low-Tech, remember?
1) Put a spoon-full of filling on the center of the cut-out, fold over, then hand-crimp the edges tight..
2) Drop the Pierogies into a pot of boiling water till they start to float..
3) When they have been drained for a while, fry with Butter and Onions!!!
This week..If you would like to share a recipe' with us all, feel free to comment here, or direct us to your Blog.. I think I will post a recipe' for a yummy oatmeal cake tomorrow..We'll see!