These homemade pierogies are little pillows from heaven

These homemade pierogies are little pillows from heaven

Prep Time

90 minutes

Cook Time

5 minutes

Serves

4 people

Pierogies are endlessly versatile. The little pillows from heaven (well, actually Poland) are usually stuffed with anything from meat to fruit to cheese or potatoes – or in this case, both.

These potato and cream cheese dumplings are perfect for virtually every occasion: lunch, dinner, an appetizer, a 3 am snack, whatever. These savory treats are boiled then fried, so they get crispy on the outside while maintaining a soft inner dough that encases a filling that resembles cheesy mashed potatoes.

Making homemade pierogies is certainly a project – expect to set aside about two hours – but you’re effort will most definitely be rewarded.

*Recipe and photo via The Food Channel.

Ingredients

  • 5 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup water
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 4 medium potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 2 medium onions, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 5 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 cup onion, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • To garnish Minced fresh parsley

Preparation

  • 1 In a food processor, combine flour and salt; cover and pulse to blend. Add water, eggs, and butter; cover and pulse until dough form a ball, adding an additional 1 to 2 tablespoons of water or flour if needed. Let rest, covered, 15 to 30 minutes.
  • 2 Place potatoes in a large saucepan and cover with water. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat; cover and simmer 10-15 minutes or until tender. Meanwhile, in a large skillet over medium-high heat, sauté onions in butter until tender; set aside.
  • 3 Drain potatoes. Over very low heat, stir potatoes for 1-2 minutes or until steam has evaporated. Press through a potato ricer or strainer into a large bowl. Stir in cream cheese, salt, pepper and onion mixture; set aside.
  • 4 Divide dough into four parts. On a lightly floured surface, roll one portion of dough to 1/8-inch thickness; cut with a floured 3-inch biscuit cutter. Place 2 teaspoons of filling in center of each circle. Moisten edges with water; fold in half and press edges to seal. Repeat with remaining dough and filling.
  • 5 Bring a Dutch oven of water to a boil over high heat; add pierogies in batches. Reduce heat to a gentle simmer; cook for 1-2 minutes or until pierogies float to the top and are tender. Remove with a slotted spoon.
  • 6 In a large skillet, sauté four pierogies and onion in butter until pierogies are lightly browned and heated through; sprinkle with parsley. Repeat with remaining pierogies.
  • 7 Freeze option: Place cooled pierogies on waxed paper-lined 15x10x1-in. baking pans; freeze until firm. Transfer to resealable plastic freezer bags; freeze up to 3 months. To use, for each serving, in a large skillet, sauté four pierogies at a time and 1/4 cup chopped onion in 1 tablespoon butter until pierogies are lightly browned and heated through; sprinkle with minced fresh parsley.

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