Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Pierogies - #SurpriseRecipeSwap

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It's time again for the Surprise Recipe Swap!  I look forward to the fun every month.  Getting to know a new foodie blogger, browsing through recipes, and of course making those recipes.  This month I was paired up with Eric over at Happy Valley Chow.  He has tons of delicious recipes.  In fact I have a number of them saved to try very soon.  Seriously...Egg Rolls, Stuffed Chicken wrapped with Prosciutto, Foccacia, Cheese Steak Mac n' Cheese, and that is only some of the yummy deliciousness you can find there!

As you can tell I had a rather hard time deciding which recipe to choose.  I really wanted to attempt something brand new and out of my comfort zone.  When I saw the recipe for Pierogies I knew I had to try them.  I have always wanted to make them, but shied away because I have no experience preparing pierogies other than opening a box of Mrs. T's.

Last year a friend of mine (who is Polish) went to the local Polish Fest we have.  The food was amazing!  It was the first time I have ever had a homemade pierogie.  Can you believe it?!? I went 30 years before having a real pierogie!  I know it doesn't seem fair at all!

Enough with the chatter lets get to the good the stuff!  The Pierogies!!!!

Look at that yummy golden brown deliciousness!

Here's a look inside

And one more from another angle in case you aren't drooling yet ;)

Pierogies adapted from Happy Valley Chow

****Note**** I doubled the recipe because I wanted extra to freeze and I had to give some to my Polish friend :) So if you don't want so much (I got about 4 dozen pierogies from the recipe below) just cut the recipe in half.

4 cups flour
1 tsp salt
2 eggs, beaten
1 1/4 cup sour cream
1/2 cup butter, softened and cut into small pieces
  • Combine flour and salt in a large bowl
  • Add eggs and stir until incorporated (I used my dough hook on my mixer)
  • Add sour cream and butter and mix until the dough loses most of it's stickiness and forms into a soft ball
  • Remove dough, perform a couple of quick kneads, wrap in plastic, and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes and up to 2 days
****Note**** I had quite a bit extra filling, but we will have the extras with dinner tomorrow night 
12 medium russet potatoes, peeled and diced
12 oz shredded colby cheese
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
2 tsp dried parsley
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp garlic salt
  • Place potatoes in a large pot of salted cold water
  • Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium, and boil for 20 minutes or until tender
  • Drain potatoes and place back in the warm pot to help cook out any extra water
  • Add the remaining ingredients and mash together
To Assemble:
  • Pull off about 1 TBS of the dough and with a rolling pin roll into 1/8" thick circles (this way produces less waste and you don't have to worry about overworking the dough)
  • Add 1 TBS of the filling, fold over, seal edges by pinching together, and then press the edges with the tines of a fork
  • Repeat until all the dough is used 
This works best with a team, but is definitely doable on your own.  I did this by myself and it ended up taking  me about 3 hours total to make 4 dozen pierogies.  It may seem like a long time, but remember I have never made one before so the beginning I was really slow.  By the end I was moving along pretty quickly.

Once all the pierogies are made I placed them on a cookie sheet and placed them in the freezer.  When they were solid I transferred them to a freezer bag for later use.

To Prepare:
  • Bring a pot of salted water to a boil
  • Drop pierogies into the water and boil for about 5-8 minutes
  • The pierogies will float to the top when they are done
You can serve them now with butter, sour cream, salsa, or whatever else you enjoy or you could saute them in butter until browned and crispy like I did.  In a skillet over medium-high heat melt 2 TBS butter and 1 TBS olive oil and then saute for about 2-4 minutes on each side or until desired crispiness and browning has occurred.

We served ours with caramelized onions.  To caramelize onions cut into slices.  Use 1 tsp oil or butter per medium onion.  Heat the oil/butter over medium-high heat.  Add the onions and allow to cook undisturbed for 10 minutes.  At this point salt the onions and reduce heat if necessary.  If onions are sticking add about 1 TBS water and turn the heat down to medium or medium-low and continue cooking for 10-20 minutes.  Continue to stir occasionally and add water or oil as needed to prevent sticking and burning.

Incredibly amazing!  There is no other way to describe these.  So grab a couple friends or get the kiddos in the kitchen and start making these wonderful Polish treats!

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Below is the nutritional value per pierogie.  I know they aren't the healthiest, but they sure are yummy!

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 61 g
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat
% Daily Value*
Total Fat
Saturated Fat
Total Carbohydrates
Dietary Fiber
Vitamin A 3%Vitamin C 12%
Calcium 5%Iron 4%
Nutrition Grade B-
* Based on a 2000 calorie diet

Nutritional Analysis

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  1. Pierogis! I've been wanting to try making some from scratch. These look great.

    1. I am so glad I decided to make these! They are so yummy. Homemade is definitely the way to go!

  2. This is my idea of comfort food. I could eat several of these but I shouldn't.

  3. I LOVE homemade pierogi. Yours look absolutely mouthwatering. I think I have an idea for dinner tonight,lol :)

    1. Thank you so much! Homemade is definitely the way to go :)

  4. I have never had a pierogi and haven't ever really been sure of what they are. But that shot of the inside has me sold.
    Thank you for stopping by and linking, Erika. Looks like you found a great blog through SRC!

    1. These are definitely one of my favorites! I have always had them frozen from the store, but homemade is definitely the way to go!

      SRS is great! I love finding new foodie blogs and browsing through. So much fun :)

  5. We used to eat pierogi frozen from the store, until we stopped eating processed food. I can't believe I have never thought to make them. Thanks for the recipe!

    1. I was always intimidated to make them because they are so time consuming. But in the end it is so worth it! These are a million times better than the frozen ones from the store!

  6. Your Pierogies look delicious, a very special dish. Thank you so much for sharing this awesome recipe with Full Plate Thursday and have a great weekend!
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

    1. Pierogies are one of my favorites! I am so glad I finally made them :) Nothing like a homemade pierogi!

  7. I have always wanted to try my hand at making pierogies...maybe this is the year.
    Thank you for sharing your recipe with the Clever Chicks Blog Hop!

    Kathy Shea Mormino
    The Chicken Chick

    1. Yes you must try them! They aren't hard to make at all just time consuming, but so worth it!

  8. I haven't had a pierogie since i was a kid! Wow- what a great flashback to comfort food :) Thanks for linking up on Photo Friday. We'd love for you to add our badge to your list- thanks:)

    1. Pierogi's are definitely a great comfort food! I have added your badge to the bottom of the post beneath the nutritional information.

  9. hi! Thanks for linking up to Tasteful Tuesdays! This recipe is being featured in a sandwich roundup... posted NOW! Would love to have you add my button to this post to show off your feature! Come on over and check it out!!!

    1. Thanks so much! Grabbed the button and look forward to the next party :)


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