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Food Fare: Polish RecipesPierogi

Dumplings; aka Pierozki


Pierogi is savory pastry dough that can be filled with different food. Below is a recipe for the pastry, followed by two filling variations.


Pierogi Dough:

In a large bowl, mix the egg with the flour. Then add a pinch of salt, and just enough water to knead smooth but loose dough. Roll the dough out as thinly as you can with a floured pastry roller. Cut into 2-1/2 to 3" squares.


Place a teaspoon of filling (see following recipes) into each square, and fold the edges to form a triangle. Then pinch the edges together. Cook the squares in a pot of salted, boiling water, cooking on high heat for about five minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon, and transfer to a serving platter. Add the breadcrumbs to the butter, and fry for a few minutes over medium heat. Pour mixture over the filled Pierogi.


Pierogi with Cheese

(Pierozki z serem)

In a large bowl, combine the cheese with the egg yolk, and add salt to taste. (Prepare dough and roll the cheese/egg mixture into the pastry). Boil cheese-stuffed Pierogi for about five minutes, and pour the melted butter over the top.


PierogiPierogi with Meat

(Pierozki z miesem)

In a large bowl, mix the meat in with the soaked bread. Sauté the chopped onions in butter, and mix in with meat and bread. Season with salt and black pepper. (Prepare Pierogi dough and stuff with the meat-bread-onion mixture). Boil the filled Pierogi for about five minutes. Fry bacon slices; pour drippings over the Pierogi.


*Pierogi image (C) Silar (Sanok, Poland; 2011). Used under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license, a freely licensed media file repository.


Similar recipe: Pelmeni (Russian Meat Dumplings).


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