I’m not entirely sure of my heritage…I’ve done some research on Ancestry, and all I can come up with is that I’m just a Heinz 57…and a little heavy on the German. I do know that I have a Great-Great-Great Grandfather, Solomon, who was a Civil War soldier…so that’s pretty nifty! From what I can tell…I’m not Polish (or Slavic of any heritage)…like not even a little bit. But boy…do I LOVE pierogies!!
I’m not really sure where my love of pierogies comes from. When I think about family meals as a child…I honestly have no prominent recollection of them ever being a big deal! But, as an adult…I like to have them a few times throughout the year…primarily with kielbasa and sauerkraut. It’s been a while since we had them…so on the menu it went! I couldn’t find frozen pierogies at either of the grocery stores I frequent!! What’s a gal to do? I used a life line…I phoned a friend…aka Pinterest! I perused several recipes, and came up with something I thought could work!
I went to work making the dough. While it was chilling in the refrigerator, I doctored up some leftover mashed potatoes…adding cheese and more butter. Then came time to roll out the dough and cut it into rounds. (I don’t have a biscuit cutter…I used a large wine glass!) And then began assembly.
Then next time, I will definitely have a 3 inch biscuit cutter…and try to roll the dough thinner, unless of course I can sweet talk my way into getting the pasta roller for my KitchenAid!
All lined up, like little soldiers, on the baking sheet…I ended up with about 20 pierogies. Chilled them in the refrigerator for a few hours and then they were ready to be cooked!! First they are boiled in batches. Then they get sauteed in butter in batches. Then they get eaten!
They were really quite tasty! Time consuming…but worth every minute! I’m pretty sure if I had a Polish Grandma…she would be proud!
(A huge shout out to Brown Eyed Baker for the delicious recipe!!)