How to Make the BEST Homemade Perogies

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Homemade pierogies or homemade perogies are the quintessential meal of our family. Always requested to whomever was in charge of the kitchen and always gratefully and joyfully consumed by the rest of us. If you can relate, then read on and learn all about the art of homemade perogies from my family to yours.

Growing up, my Grandmother did not call them perogies or pierogies. She called them 'Padahay' [pronounced - pedaheh]. They are also known as Varenky. The making of homemade pierogies for 10 + mouths is a measure of patience and endurance. The greatest way to make homemade perogies is with a team of hands which are required for pinching the dumplings filled with mashed potatoes and cheese together gently and with precision.

This homemade pierogies recipe is the real deal, passed along from a Ukranian grandmother. You will want to follow the homemade pierogies closely to ensure you make this family-friendly meal idea just the way they should be. Pierogies have different names depending on where the recipe originated. The nice thing about this homemade pierogies recipe is that there are different filling to choose from to include a cottage cheese filling recipe, a potato cheddar filling recipe, and a sauerkraut filling recipe. You'll want to try them all to see which is your favorite. Each of the homemade pierogies filling recipes makes enough to fill one batch of homemade pierogies dough, which should be about 40. This is a nice recipe idea to do with a friend, or family member; you might make up two or three batches and freeze them to enjoy later. You can watch the YouTube video found below the recipe to help understand the whole process. While it might look a bit difficult at first, once you get the hang of it, you'll want to make these on a regular basis. It's nice to have your freezer packed with homemade pierogies to enjoy throughout the year. You will also want to be sure and read through the tips at the end of the homemade pierogies recipe as they provide useful ideas to ensure recipe success.

Once the homemade pierogies are made, you can boil them and serve them with some fried onions for a family-friendly meal idea. The fried onions are easy to make and use real butter for full flavor. One of the most popular homemade pierogies filling is the potato cheddar filling. For this homemade pierogi filling recipe, you will need two cups of potatoes, with Russet potatoes being the recommended potato variety. Potatoes are one of the vegetables you will find at the EWG (Environmental Working Group) sites list of the Dirty Dozen. You might think that because potatoes grow under the ground, they are not affected by pesticide residues, but the exact is true. Potatoes are number 11 on the EWG Dirty Dozen list. Conventionally grown potatoes had more pesticide residues by weight than any other food crop. The reason that root vegetables have so many pesticide residues is that they easily absorb any pesticides, herbicides, and fungicides that are in the soil. Pesticides are used for conventionally grown potatoes, and the flesh of the potatoes absorbs them. That is why potatoes are one of the vegetables that you always want to buy organic. Organic potatoes do not use pesticides or chemical fertilizers to grow.

The sauerkraut homemade pierogies filling uses prepared sauerkraut that is rinsed in warm water and squeezed dry. Sauerkraut is a recipe that is made from cabbage. Cabbage, unlike potatoes, is a vegetable that is not on the EWG Dirty Dozen list. With that knowledge, you can choose to buy either organic or non-organic cabbage and feel good knowing that there is little to no pesticide residues. Cabbage is on the EWG Clean 15 list. When tested only two of the more than 700 cabbage samples that were tested contained more than one pesticide residue. With 86 percent of the cabbage samples tested contained no detectable pesticide residues. **

Some tips for perogi pinching:

1. Have a bowl of flour nearby for sticky fingers and work surface.
2. Make sure all your filling is cooled before filling.
3. Use a small teaspoon to scoop your balls of potatoes and then roll them in your hands to make balls.
4. Don't be tempted to overfill them, or you will be regret it when you start pinching them together.
5. Pinch them well! If you leave things too loose they will break apart in the pot of water and make a mess.
6. You can pinch them into triangles or rectangles, they both taste delicious!
7. Place filled homemade perogies onto a flour surface while you pinch the rest.

If this is your first time making homemade pierogies the watch the little YouTube video below to get an idea of how the process goes. It looks complicated at first, but once you know the steps it is very simple to make this delicious dish.


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