Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Recipe for Homemade Potato Cheddar Perogies

Hello friends!

Last week, I made my very own perogies (Polish potato dumplings) from scratch!  I felt quite proud of myself because they turned out so well, considering it was my first attempt.  Our family loves perogies. In the past, we've bought frozen perogies from the grocery store, purchased homemade ones (frozen and cooked) from Polish farmer's market vendors, and even ordered them at restaurants.  I had been wanting to make them myself for quite some time and I finally got around to it...and I'm so glad I did! It took quite some time to prepare the perogies from start to finish, but the end result was worth the extra time and effort.

The recipe I used was one I had clipped out from last year's April edition of Chatelaine magazine.  Several people asked me for the recipe when I posted a picture of the perogies on my Instagram account, so I am going to share the recipe here exactly as found in the magazine.

* The red text are my additions/revisions *

Loaded Polish Potato Perogies 

Makes 65 perogies ( I made the entire batch, boiled half and froze the uncooked half for another time)

Preparation time - 1 hour 30 minutes  (It probably took me double that time to prepare the entire batch)


Ingredients


Dough
4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (only 4 cups for the dough)
1 tsp salt 
2 eggs 
1 1/2 cups sour cream (only 1 cup for the dough)
1/2 cup butter, at room temperature, cubed


Filling
3 large Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and quartered (750 g) (I used the potatoes I had on hand)
3 strips of bacon, chopped 
4 green onions, chopped ( I omitted the bacon and onions in the filling and topped the perogies with those ingredients instead) 
1 1/2 cups grated old cheddar (I used 2 cups for a stronger cheddar taste)
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp fresh ground pepper 

Directions

Stir 4 cups flour with salt in a large bowl.  Whisk eggs with 1 cup of sour cream in a medium bowl, then stir into flour mixture along with butter until dough comes together.  Knead dough on a lightly floured counter, dusting with more flour, until it is smooth and not sticky.

Divide dough into 2 portions, pat into 2 discs and wrap each with plastic wrap.  Refrigerate for at least 1 hour. (Dough can be refrigerated up to 2 days)

Boil potatoes in a large pot of water until soft, about 20 min.

Omit this next step if you are not including bacon in the filling
Heat a large frying pan over medium heat.  Add bacon and cook until crisp, 3 to 5 min.  Drain on paper-towel-lined plate.  Do not clean pan.  Reserve 1/4 cup green onions for garnish.  Add remaining green onions to bacon fat.  Cook until soft.  1 to 2 min.  Transfer to plate with bacon.  

Drain cooked potatoes, then return to the pot.  Mash potatoes with bacon, cooked onions, cheese, salt and pepper.  Refrigerate until ready to use.  

Dust counter with remaining cup flour.  Roll out 1 disc of dough until 1/8 in. thick.  Cut out 2 1/2 inch wide circles with a cookie cutter (or drinking glass).  Keep dough covered with plastic wrap to prevent it from drying out.  Scoop a heaping teaspoon of filling onto each round and fold the dough over, forming a half moon.  Pinch edges tightly to seal.  If dough won't seal, dab edges with water. (I dabbed the edges of all the perogies with water just to be safe). Gather scraps of dough, wrap with plastic wrap and refrigerate.  Repeat with remaining disc of dough.  Gather up scraps, combine with dough from refrigerator, re-roll and cut out more circles.  





Fill same large pot with water and bring to a boil.  Slip about 12 perogies into boiling water and cook 5 to 6 minutes. Once perogies float to the top, remove with a slotted spoon and transfer to a platter. Repeat with remaining perogies.  




Pat dry and serve topped with remaining 1/2 cup sour cream and reserved green onions.  Or melt butter in a frying pan and fry perogies in batches, adding more butter if needed, until crispy, 2 min per side.  Top with sour cream and green onions. 

Make ahead tip: Freeze uncooked perogies in a single layer on a baking sheet.  Store in freezer bags up to 2 weeks.  Cook from frozen as per directions above, adding 2 minutes to cooking time.  



To garnish the perogies, I sauteed sliced onions and bacon; added a dollop of sour cream and sprinkled them with chopped green onion.  Mmm!  They were so delicious!  




23 comments:

  1. Hello Rosinda I have missed you here ~~ Don't these look so good and yummy. I have never heard of them, but thank you for sharing the recipe and introducing me to something new. I'm going to bookmark this until the weather starts to cool down in the Autumn when I'll be giving it a try ~~ without the bacon though, so I'll have to work something out instead.
    Waving from Across The Pond Deb in Wales

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    1. Hello Debs! Thank you for stopping in and leaving a comment! The perogies are a real treat. You can omit the bacon altogether and garnish the perogies with sauteed onions and sour cream...just as delicious! Can you see me waving back? Sending love...xoxo

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  2. They look delicious. We gave had them several times when lived down the street from a little tiny periogie kitchen. They were always very busy and sold them frozen. Easter was crazy. Yours look more beautiful than their award winning ones. Great job!

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    1. Aww, you're so sweet to say that. Thank you! Big hugggs! xoxo

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  4. Yummy, yummy! I like your idea of the bacon and onions on top. I have also heard of them with sauerkraut added to the filling. You are a cooking genius! Thank you for sharing the recipes snd your added tips! Must try them soon. Always a joy to visit you here, Sunshine. xo

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    1. Thank you, Karen! You're such a sweetie. I always appreciate your visits and comments! Love and hugs! xoxo

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  5. They look wonderful, darling! I ate them so often when Esther and I visited Krakow 18 months ago...absolutely delicious!! Yours look perfect, and a real labour of love! Xoxo

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    1. Thank you, dear Rachel! A labour of love is a great way to put it. I definitely put a lot of love into my cooking. I am thawing the other half and making them for tonight's dinner. Sending love and hugs from across the pond! xoxo

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  6. What a lucky family you have--I love perogies, but have never made them. Maybe I'll have to give them a try. Enjoy your summer, sweetie! xo ♥

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    1. Thank you, dear Martha! If you love perogies, you most certainly will enjoy these. Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment! Happy summer to you, too! xoxo

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  7. Oh my, these look so delicious! I have never made perogies before and I love them! You have made it look so easy. I can't wait to try them. I've just added "homemade perogies" to my summer bucket list! Thank you so much for sharing! I really love it when you post recipes! ♥♥♥

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    1. Thank you, Danielle! This was my first time making them, too. You will love them. Happy summer! xoxo

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  8. Hello my darling--they look fabulous! So-a treat for the eyes, too. I KNOW they tasted wonderful. Your family is so lucky to have you. Lotsa love! JoEllen

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    1. How very kind of you to say that, dear one. Thanks for stopping in! Love and hugs...xoxo

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  9. Hi Rosinda,
    I love how you have posted the yummy looking pictures on how to make perogies. The final picture makes me want to try and make these because they just look so good. I am sure that I 'can' make them with the detailed instructions and from your own personal tips that you have given us.
    I have never eaten perogies before, but I will be sure to try these, perhaps in the fall.

    Oh yes Rosinda, Happy Canada Day from Audrey in B.C...we are having a very hot day here, it's just beautiful. I hope you have a very nice day with your lovely family.
    Thank you for the recipe.
    Audrey.

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    1. Hello Audrey! Thank you so much for your Canada day wishes! We had a wonderful holiday with great weather and an extra long weekend. I hope you enjoyed a lovely holiday, also! Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment. It's always a pleasure to see you here! Happy summer! xx

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  10. I know if you tried the recipe and your family loved them, it will be worth the labor of love to make them! I haven't made them before...and I appreciate your notes and suggestions...happy Summertime to you and yours...xoxoxox Laura J.

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    1. Hello Laura! Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment! Happy fourth of July! Hope you and your family have a fun, fab summer! xoxoxo

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  11. Sweet Rosinda, aren't your family the lucky ones!!! Oh, the dish looks fabulous! I have never had them, but now I must!! Wishing you all
    a wonderful summer filled with fun and great food!! xoxo

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    1. How lovely to see you here, dear Sherry! Thank you for stopping by. Wishing you a happy, fun-filled summer also. Love and hugs! xoxo

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  12. Oh my goodness....we love these as well!!! I have been serving these to my daughters since they were able to eat food! I have never made my own, but these are worth a try.............you've made it look easy, like everything you do!!! Luscious....thank you for sharing!! xoxo

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    1. Thank you, Joann! If your family enjoys perogies, they will love these! They're a bit time-consuming, but so worth the extra effort! Hugggs!

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