Ruskie Pierogi (Pierogi With Cheese & Potato Filling)
- Ready In:
- 2 potatoes, cooked & mashed (1/2 cup instant or leftover mashed potatoes is fine too)
- 1 cup cottage cheese, drained
- 1 onion, minced & sauteed in butter until clear
- 1 egg yolk, beaten
- 1 tablespoon butter, melted
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1⁄4 teaspoon salt
- pepper, to taste
- 2 1⁄4 cups flour
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons butter, cut in pieces
- 1 large egg, at room temperature
- 1 egg yolk, at room temperature
- 1⁄2 cup reduced-fat milk, at room temperature
- 2 tablespoons sour cream, at room temperature
- 12 cups salt water
- Combine all of the ingredients listed under filling and refrigerate until ready to assemble pierogi.
- Combine flour, salt and butter in food processor.
- In a separate bowl, blend together egg, egg yolk, milk and sour cream.
- Add egg mixture to flour mixture and process until dough cleans sides of bowl and sticks together (the dough will be slightly sticky).
- Remove from processor, shape into a ball, wrap in plastic and chill for 3 hours or overnight.
- Cut dough into thirds; roll each section out on floured surface into 12" round.
- Cut each round into 8 (3") circles (using a glass works well).
- Place about 2 tsp filling on each dough circle.
- Moisten outer edges with water and fold dough over to close.
- Seal edges by pressing gently with the back of a fork or pinching together with your fingers.
- In large pot, bring salted water to boil.
- Cook 12 pierogi at a time, reducing heat to a gentle boil; boil until pierogi float to the surface (about 5 minutes).
- Remove with a slotted spoon, drain on paper towel and transfer to serving dish.
- Repeat with remaining pierogi.
- At this point you can serve them warm, freeze them for later use or fry them in butter over medium heat, lightly browning both sides before serving.
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Everything was too wet to work with. After mixing the dough exactly as written, I ended up with what I would call a thick batter that was very sticky. I added 1/4 to 1/2 cup extra flour to get a very sticky dough. After chilling, I was able to roll out this dough w/o any problems. The filling is way too wet, too. If the cheese was changed from cottage cheese to farmer's cheese I think it would have worked better. I'm only able to find creamed cottage cheese in my area, and it basically does not drain well. The flavor the filling was delicious, but the next time I make these, I will try a different recipe.
My husband lived in Poland for a while and asked if we could learn how to make these. He says that this recipe is exactly like the Polish grandmothers make. I think they are delicious as well. I don't change the recipe at all and they come out great. I freeze the leftovers before boiling rather than after, and after pulling them out and boiling and frying they taste as fresh as when they are just made. I think a lot of people eat them with a topping of sauteed onions and crispy bacon. That is delicious as well. Thank you for this great recipe!