I learned how to make perogies from my Mom who had learned from her Mom. My Baba came to Canada from Poland in 1927. My Mom said how poor they were growing up so Baba made perogies with potato and homemade cottage cheese. My Dad didn't like them when Mom first made them so, she asked him if she added cheddar cheese would he like them. When he tried them the second time he liked them. I can remember when Mom made them for dinner this was all we ate. My 2 brothers would count how many they could eat, which was 60 to 70 each at one sitting. Those were fun days for my 6 siblings, parents & me.
1To the mashed potatoes, mash in the grated old cheddar, cheese whiz, dry cottage cheese, and the cooked bacon.
Put in a bowl to cool a bit for easier handling. IF YOU ONLY WANT CHEESE AND POTATO OMIT THE BACON
2FOR THE DOUGH
put the water, eggs, oil & salt in a mixer bowl and mix together. Add in half of the flour and mix until smooth for about 5 minutes. Add in the rest of the flour until the texture is not sticky, then turn out onto a floured board and knead for about 10 minutes. Put the dough into a bowl which has been oiled so that the dough won't stick to the bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and let rest for about 15 minutes. If you have a Kitchen Aid or Cuisinart Stand Mixer it is really easy to make the dough.
3Take a piece of the dough and roll it out to 1/8 inch thick and using a 2 inch cookie cutter or a soup can instead of cookie cutter. Put the piece of dough right side down into the palm of your hand add a rounded teaspoon of the filling in the centre. Fold over the filling and pinch together. I use the Perogy Maker (aka Uncle Bill Perogy Maker) I bought it on line. The picture on the side is of perogies made from my perogy maker.
4You can freeze the perogies on a cookie sheet with a piece of waxed paper put on it then floured.
5To cook these homemade perogies is different from the store bought ones. Bring a large pot of salted water to boil add the frozen perogies and when they float to the top it should only take about 3 minutes and they are done.
6Put some margarine or butter in a skillet along with a chopped onion and saute until the onion is translucent. When perogies are cooked put some of the butter onion mixture over the perogies. If you don't want to eat them just boiled like I love them the first day then you can fry them after they are boiled.