Family Feast Pierogi

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This homemade pierogies recipe is a 100 plus-year-old pierogi recipe that s a traditional Polish dish that was always served at family Easter and Christmas. Homemade pierogies are unleavened dumplings that are filled and the boiled, then served with either melted butter on top or fried with butter and onions until they are golden brown, then served with sour cream. Because homemade pierogies are fairly time-intensive to make, this is a fun recipe to do with some help from family or friends. Together you can make a giant batch of homemade pierogies with a mix of different fillings. You can have some served at holiday meals, and others keep frozen to be enjoyed throughout the year.

A few notes on making these homemade pierogies, you will find it easiest to make the fillings ahead of time even the day before you start to make the dough for the pierogi dumplings. The homemade dough makes approximately 100 three-inch pierogies if the dough is rolled to a 1/16th-inch thickness. The homemade pierogies dough for this recipe does not need to be made ahead of time, and in fact, it should be made, rolled and then filled right away as the dough will dry out if made too far ahead. The dough recipe is soft and very easy to work with as soon as it’s mixed. Additionally, this homemade pierogies recipe can be made ahead of time and frozen before boiling and frying. To do this, you want to freeze flat on some parchment lined sheet pans and once frozen; you want to place in zipper-sealed gallon bags and place them back in the freezer. When ready to use, all you have to do is boil and fry. For this homemade pierogies recipe, you will need kosher flour salt, eggs, sour cream for the dough recipe. For the homemade pierogies recipe filling, you will need potatoes, butter, onions, salt, pepper, fresh parsley, and cheddar cheese. You will also find a sauerkraut filling recipe, a cheese filling variation, and a prune filling variation.

Pierogi which are also known as varenyky, are filled dumplings that are of Central and Eastern European origin. Homemade pierogies are made by wrapping some unleavened dough around a savory or a sweet filling and cooking them in boiling water. Pierogi dumplings are a popular food idea in Slavic countries such as Belarusian, Polish, Russian, Slovak, Ruthenian, Ukrainian and Baltic countries such as Latvian, Lithuanian and other Eastern European cuisines such as Hungarian and Romanian, where the food idea is known under local names. Homemade pierogies are especially associated with Poland and Slovakia, where they food idea is considered a national dish. Typical fillings for homemade pierogies include potato, ground meat, sauerkraut, cheese, and fruit. The pierogi dumplings may be served with a topping, such as melted butter, fried onion, or sour cream, or combinations of those ingredients. Homemade pierogies may be stuffed with mashed potatoes, fried onions, quark which is sometimes called farmers cheese, sauerkraut, cabbage, meat, spinach, mushrooms, cheese, or other ingredients depending on the cook's preferences. Dessert recipe versions of the pierogi dumplings can be stuffed with sweetened quark or with some fresh fruit filling, such as strawberry, cherry, raspberry, plum or blueberry, stoned prunes are also sometimes used, as well as jam. For more added flavor, sour cream can be added to the pierogi dough mixture, and this helps to lighten the dough.

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