My hubby and I both had Polish grandparents, and both of us have cherished memories of Sunday dinner with them. But each of us agrees that one of our favorite dinners hands down included pierogies of some type. Here is one of them which included pork and sauerkraut in the recipe. So incredibly delicious!
1Mix together the flour and salt. Beat the egg, then add all at once to the flour mixture. Add the 1/2 cup sour cream and the softened butter pieces and work until the dough loses most of its stickiness (about 5-7 minutes). You can use a stand mixer with a dough hook for this, but be careful not to overbeat.
2Wrap the dough in plastic and refrigerate for 20-30 minutes or overnight; the dough can be kept in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. Each batch of dough makes about 12-15 pierogies, depending on size. (You may have to make two batches for this filling)
3Roll dough out to 1/8 inch thickness using floured surface. Cut out rounds of 4 to 6 inches. (I use a large sized tuna can with both ends cut out)
4Using 2 T. bacon drippings, brown ground pork til no longer pink. Add onion, garlic and apple and continue cooking, stirring, until vegetables are tender, about 10 minutes. Add sauerkraut, beer, pepper and brown sugar. Simmer till all liquid is absorbed, about 15 minutes. Add bacon, stir to combine.
5Using 1 tablespoon of mixture, place on pierogi dough rounds. Fold dough over filling and crimp edges with fork.
6Fill 4-6 quart saucepan with water ¾ full and add 2 tsp. salt. Bring water to full boil. Place each pierogi into boiling water, up to 6 at a time and boil vigorously until pierogies float to top.
7Remove from boiling water and fry each one in melted butter til browned on each side. Serve with sour cream and additional bacon bits, if desired.
8*Notes - You can also serve these with caramelized or blackened onions along with the bacon and sour cream. I have also had them only boiled and then served with browned butter instead of also frying them.