This is a combination of several recipes I have tried over the years. My family prefers these to the perogies bought in Polish bakeries. I also use a rice based "cheddar" to make it dairy free.
- Cook the onion in the butter until tender.
- Add onions and cheese to hot cooked potatoes and mash thoroughly.
- Add bacon, salt, and pepper to taste.
- Set aside, let cool to room temperature before using.
- Mix flour and salt in a deep bowl.
- Add egg, mashed potatoes, melted butter, and enough water to make dough medium soft.
- Knead until smooth (use floured board).
- Divide dough into 2 parts, cover, let stand 10 minutes.
- Roll dough thin on floured board.
- Cut dough using a round cookie cutter or drinking glass.
- Place spoonful of filling in each circle - fold in half.
- Press edges together with fingers. If dough does not stick, dampen edges slightly.
- Place on floured board and cover with damp towel to keep moist.
- Place perogies in pot of rapidly boiling salt water - do not over crowd pot.
- Stir gently to keep from sticking - do not use a sharp spoon.
- Cook until perogies begin to float and are well puffed, about 3 minutes.
- Remove from pot and drain well.
- Continue to cook remaining perogies.
- If desired, after boiling fry with butter and chopped onions until slightly browned.
These are delicious! I made them for my Polush mother who is now gluten free. She hasn't had any in many years and really enjoyed these saying the filling was very "tasty". She used to make them a lot when I was a child. This is the first time I've made perogies and I discovered that they are very labour intensive but for special ocassions, they're a real treat. Thanks for the great recipe. Just one thing to note: I used 6 large potatoes and could have made another 30-40 perogies if I'd had more pastry. When I make them again, I'll only used 2 large potatoes. I'm sure it'll be plenty. Made for the Aus/NZ recipe swap #24 - Feb 2009.