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23 - Pierogies (REAL ones!)




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23 - Pierogies (REAL ones!)

(by Shirley McNevich)

6 medium red potatoes
2 medium onions
1/2 cup fresh parsley
1 stalk celery
1 pound of the sharpest cheese you can find
4 cups flour
2 eggs
salt
2 tsp. soft Parkay margarine
canola oil (for frying)
pepper

Peel potatoes, cut each in half, and put in 3 qt. saucepan with warm
tap water (enough to cover potatoes). Add 1 tsp. salt, 1 chopped
medium onion, 1/2 cup of fresh chopped parsley, 1/2 cup of finely
chopped celery heart (the part at the center of the celery stalk - use
leaves and all).

Bring the water to a boil and cover with lid. Cook for 20 minutes with
lid tilted to prevent boiling over. Test with fork for doneness (they
should be soft). If potatoes are not soft, cook longer.

Remove potatoes from heat. Drain water off using a sieve. Any onions,
celery or parsley that accidentally gets drained should be put back in
with potatoes. Add one pound of sharp cheese cut in small pieces (or
shred it) to potatoes.

Use a potato masher to mash potato mixture and cheese. Add 1/2
tsp. pepper and then mash like mashed potatoes. If the potato/cheese
filling is too stiff, add a dash or two of milk and remash. Set aside
to cool.

Dough:

In a mixing bowl, add 4 cups flour, 2 eggs (slightly beaten with a
fork), 1 tsp. salt, 2 tsp. Parkay margarine (room temp.). Mix with
your hands until eggs and margarine are crumbly. Add 3/4 cup water a
little at a time. You should be able to make a large ball with the
dough. If it's too dry, add up to 1/4 cup of more water.

Divide the dough into four smaller balls. Flour your counter so dough
doesn't stick. Take out one of the dough balls. Sprinkle flour on top
of dough ball and roll with rolling pin until about 1/4" thick.

Cut circles in the dough using a glass jar upside down (the opening in
the jar should be about 3-4"). On each circle place one tsp. of the
potato filling. Dip your finger in a glass of water and wet entire
edge of pierogie using your finger. Fold pierogie and pinch edge shut
all the way around.

Using an 8-10 qt. pot, fill with hot tap water about 3/4 full. Add 2
tsp. salt and bring to a rolling boil. Add pierogies one at a time to
the boiling water. Boil for about 5 minutes. You can cook about 5
pierogies at a time. When pierogies are done they will float to the
top. Remove with a slotted spoon and put on a cookie sheet (they
cannot touch each other or they will stick together). Repeat with
remaining pierogies. At this point, they are NOT ready to eat.

After they cool, you can wrap each pierogie with saran wrap and freeze
for later. Put saran wrapped pierogies in Ziploc bag before
freezing. They will keep 6-9 months.

When you are ready to eat pierogies, they must be deep fried. Using a
large iron skillet, add canola oil until it reaches 1/4 the way up the
side of the pan. Thickly slice an onion and place in the pan. Heat
oil. Add pierogies and brown on each side. When the onions get really
brown, remove them. Continue frying pierogies (you don't need to add
more onion--the oil is already flavored). You may have to add more oil
if frying alot of pierogies at a time.

Frozen pierogies can go straight from freezer into oil but be careful
of oil spatter.

BE CAREFUL WHEN YOU TURN PIEROGIES. IF YOU POKE THEM THE FILLING WILL
OOZE OUT. Use spatula or a slotted spoon to turn.


 

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