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My gran gave me this rustic recipe for pierogi, or Polish stuffed dumplings. A friend from Poland told me they were better than his mother's! Serve as a main or a starter.
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- 12 potatoes, peeled and quartered
- 3 eggs
- 3 tablespoons cream cheese, divided
- 3 teaspoons milk, divided
- 250g plain flour, divided
- 500g cottage cheese, drained
- salt to taste
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1 litre oil for frying
MethodPrep:1hr ›Cook:30min ›Ready in:1hr30min
- Bring a large pot of salted water to the boil. Add potatoes and cook until tender but still firm, about 15 minutes. Drain and cool.
- Meanwhile, prepare dough by combining 1 egg, 1 tablespoon cream cheese, 1 teaspoon milk and 1/4 of the flour. Once all the flour has been worked in, add another fourth of the flour, 1 tablespoon cream cheese and 1 teaspoon milk. When the dough is well blended, add 1 egg, 1 tablespoon cream cheese and another fourth of the flour; mix well. Finally, add the remaining egg, 1 teaspoon milk and remaining flour. If dough is too dry, add a little more milk; if too wet, add more flour.
- On a well floured surface, roll out 1/4 of the dough to 6mm thickness. Using a glass, pastry cutter or any rounded surface, cut out circles of dough. Flour both sides of the circle and set aside in a single layer on greaseproof paper. Repeat process with remaining dough.
- Mash the potatoes with the cottage cheese, salt and butter. Place a spoonful of the filling slightly below the centre of a circle of dough. Fold the dough over and seal edges with fingertips. Use enough filling so that you have to stretch the dough over it, but not so much that it squeezes out when sealed.
- Bring a large pot of salted water to the boil. Drop in pierogis, a few at a time. Cook for 1 to 2 minutes, or until they float to the top; drain.
- Heat oil in a large frying pan over medium-high heat. Fry boiled pierogis in hot oil until crispy.
Watch our How to make pierogi video to see how to make traditional Polish pierogi.
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Reviews in English (29)
by Marion DaSilva
I only gave the recipe four stars because instead of the cottage cheese, you need to use farmers cheese. Most markets have this. I also added sauteed onions to my mashed potatoe mixture. Other than that, this was just like my grandmother used to make. It wasn't as hard as I expected. Thank you so much for this recipe. Next time I will add some sauerkraut to the mixture. My grandmother also did these with plums and just boiled them. When they were done she would top them with sour cream and sugar. I know it sounds weird but they were wonderful! Now I have the dough recipe and can make many variations. Thank you!-09 Sep 2007
These are worth all the hard work and effort. Be sure to roll the dough very thin. The more delicate they are, the more delicious they are. I also filled mine with potato & sharp cheddar and sour kraut & onion. Remember, it goes alot quicker if you have a helper. One person to roll and cut dough and one person to stuff and pinch.-23 Dec 2002
The dough is very easy to prepare and prepares enough for 24 Pierogi.The recipe for the filling, if followed completely, would make enough filling for 9 zillion Pierogi.I followed the directions, and adding only ONE container of cottage cheese, had enough filling for the 24 and enough thrown out which could have made 5000.Has the recipe been wrongly written?? I think so.-03 Feb 2002