Potato and Cheese Pierogi

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PIEROGI is one of the most popular Polish dishes known all over the world. There are many kinds of pierogi. You can fill them with fruits like blueberries or strawberries, with sweet farmers cheese, potatoes or even meat. My favorite are potato and cheese pierogi. 

Today I’m making them with my little sous chef, my daughter 🙂 She loves helping me in the kitchen. We had lots of fun making and then eating the pierogi together 🙂 

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To make approximately 20-25 pierogi you will need:

  • 2 cups of flour
  • 1 cup of lukewarm water or as needed to make a firm dough (you might need a little less)

Filling

  • 1 package of farmer’s cheese (213 gram)
  • 5-6 small potatoes
  • 1 onion
  • Salt and pepper

Instructions

  1. Boil the whole potatoes until tender
  2. In the meantime prepare the dough by combining flour and water. Some people add an egg but it’s not necessery
  3. Kneed the dough until it comes together
  4. Cover the dough with the plastic wrap and set aside for 30 minutes
  5. In the meantime prepare the filling
  6. Once the potatoes are cooled, peel them and mash with the potato masher
  7. Add farmers cheese
  8. Finely chop the onion and saute with a little bit of canola oil until translucent
  9. Add the onion to the filling
  10. Add salt and pepper and mix all together
  11. Once the filling is ready and the dough has rested, roll the dough pretty thinly (not too thin so it doesn’t break when you stuff them)
  12. Cut out the circles using a cup. Put approx. 1 tbsp. of filling inside and close the pierogi. You can use the fork to make sure they are closed well and also to make them look pretty
  13. Boil in the salted water until they start to float. Once they’re floating boil for 1-2 minutes and remove. Spray with some canola oil cooking spray or butter to prevent from sticking.

Enjoy, or as we say it in Poland SMACZNEGO! 

Pierogi are also delicious when they are fried in a little bit of oil after cooking. You could also garnish them with some fried onion. 

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