I FINALLY did it! After years of being dissatisfied with the pierogis that I find in stores, I asked a friend who makes them for his recipe and he sent me his grandmother's recipe right away! Gotta love being able to take a pic and send it immediately! For those who don't know, pierogis are kind of like the Polish version of ravioli, but are fried in butter before eating. I like to put cinnamon and sugar on the cheese ones. I think the potato, onion and cheese ones will taste really good with a little sour cream.
Last night I finished making two different kinds: cheese and also, potato, cheese and onion. ddeuddeg and I taste-tested one of each and IMHO they turned out really good! They are time-consuming to make, but fairly easy once you figure it out! I think I made about 72 of them! Not sure. I did all of the dough making, filling making, rolling, patting, cutting, filling, sealing, crimping and ddeuddeg lent a hand in cooking them to perfection in boiling water. His help was perfect--I could keep on doing my thing, while he cooked them in batches!
We'll have some for dinner tonight with some kielbasa (smoked and fresh); horseradish; rye bread; ham and cheese and asparagus. Then, we'll take some to our niece's for dinner tomorrow. I don't think her in-laws have ever had homemade ones!
Thoughts for next time: make the fillings the day before; allow enough time to make the pierogi all at once (We had to put the dough in the fridge while we went to church and dinner. I hope that wait-time didn't toughen the dough too much! I could actually feel the difference in rolling it out!).
If I sound a bit proud of myself, I am. I used to watch my Mom make them as a kid, but then, I got busy with other things and never helped her except to pick up the Farmer's Cheese at the market. This was one of those recipes that she never wrote down. Just a thought: if your parents, grandparents, etc. make special dishes, get the recipes while you can. (Next, I have to combine the recipes that I used for the pierogi into one file. I used Rick's grandmother's dough recipes and two internet sources for the fillings!)
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