Pierogis

Pierogis
Yield: about 100 peirogis

Ingredients

Cabbage Filling (enough for 100 pierogi):
  • 1 head cabbage (3-3/4 pounds), finely shredded
  • 2 large onions, chopped
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter or margarine
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 8 ounces baker's dry cottage cheese OR: 1 package (7.5 ounces) farmer cheese
Potato Filling (enough for 100 pierogi):
  • 3 1/2 pounds russet potatoes, peeled, cut up
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter or margarine
  • 2 larage onions, chopped
  • 8 ounces baker's dry cottage cheese OR: 1 package (7.5 ounces) farmer cheese
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
Cottage Cheese Filling (enough for 32 pierogi):
  • 1 pound baker's dry cottage cheese OR: 2 packages (7.5 ounces farmer cheese)
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon each salt and black pepper
Dough (enough for 100 pierogi):
  • 2 1/2 pounds all-purpose flour (about 9-1/3 cups)
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter or margarine, melted in 2 cups warm milk

Make It

Cabbage Filling:

1. Cook cabbage in salted boiling water 10 minutes. Drain; cool; chop cabbage. Saute onions in butter for 12 minutes. Add cabbage; cook, stirring, 15 to 20 minutes. Add salt, pepper. Let cool. Mix with cheese in a bowl.

Potato Filling:

2. Boil potatoes until tender, 15 minutes. Reserve 1/2 cup cooking water; drain potatoes. Mash with 2 tablespoons butter and enough cooking water for stiff texture. Let cool. Saute onions in remaining butter 12 minutes. Add onions, cheese, salt and pepper to potatoes.

Cheese Filling:

3. Mix cheese, yolks, sugar, salt and pepper in a bowl.

Dough:

4. Put flour in clean bowl. Make well. Add eggs, salt, butter mixture; stir until flour is incorporated (add warm water if too stiff). Knead 15 minutes, until smooth and elastic. Halve dough. Wrap each half in plastic wrap. Let rest 30 minutes. Roll out half of dough to 1/16-inch thickness on lightly floured board. Cut out 3-1/2-inch circles. Place scant tablespoonful of desired filling a little off-center on each round. Brush edge of round with water. Fold over dough; press edges together to make half moons. Press fork tines around edges to seal. Gather dough scraps; knead. Make more pierogi. Repeat with other half of dough.

5. Drop pierogi into salted boiling water. Cook gently until they float to the top, 5 to 7 minutes. Remove with slotted spoon to clean towel to cool; after 5 minutes, turn over.

To serve:

6. Thaw pierogi in boiling water for 3 minutes, or thaw in refrigerator. Cook in butter, or in butter with onions, until lightly golden. Or, place frozen pierogi in microwave-safe dish; cover with plastic wrap and vent. Microwave on medium-high (70 percent) for 2 to 3 minutes or until soft and hot. Then fry in butter, if desired. Makes about 100 pierogis.