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polish potato pierogi (pierogi ruskie)

a recipe by
Monica H
Michigan City, IN

This is the way my mama taught me! Please don't omit reading my tips for the steps :) The name Ruskie Pierogi (meaning Russian Pierogi), does not mean these are Russian! It is just the way potato pierogi are called. My mom called the sauerkraut pierogi Polskie Pierogi (Polish Pierogi), so these names might just be how she wanted to identify them.

serves 5-8
cook time 15 Min
method Stove Top

Ingredients For polish potato pierogi (pierogi ruskie)

  • 2 1/2 c
  • 1 tsp
  • 1
  • 2 Tbsp
    sour cream
  • 1/2 c
    lukewarm water
  • 5-6
    russet potatoes
  • 1
    yellow onion
  • 1 c
    farmers cheese
  • 1/4 c
    olive oil, or half stick butter (used for sauteeing onion)
  • salt and pepper to taste (tip - use more pepper than you think is necessary!)
  • 1 stick
    salted butter (in mashed potatoes)
  • 1-2 stick
    salted butter (for basting the cooked pierogi)
  • 1/4 c
    salt (for salted boiling water)
  • 12-15 c
    water (for boiling pot of water)

How To Make polish potato pierogi (pierogi ruskie)

  • 1
    Make the filling first: Boil potatoes. Saute onions in olive oil or 1/2 stick butter. Mash potatoes with onions, farmers cheese, 1 stick salted butter, and salt and pepper to taste. Don't omit the pepper!
  • 2
    Store potato filling in fridge until well chilled / overnight.
  • 3
    Make the dough: Sift flour and salt together. In large bowl or on floured surface, make a hole in the middle of the flour.
  • 4
    Add egg and sour cream. Work this together with your hands. Pour water in as needed, to make dough moist.
  • 5
    Work this well until dough forms. Your arm may hurt and your fingers may get really sticky, but it is worth it.
  • 6
    Place dough in plastic bowl and cover with plastic top, or leave on floured work surface and cover with plastic bowl. Let it rest for about 30 minutes in room temp.
  • 7
    In the meantime, set up your workstation. You will need a large pot of salted water, slotted spoon, 1-2 sticks salted butter in saute pan, baking dish with a cover (for when you remove pierogi from pot), small cup of water, extra flour, sharp knife, rolling pin, and regular spoon for spooning filling, and floured plate for storing your raw pierogi.
  • 8
    After 30 minutes, take out your dough. Begin to boil your pot of salted water.
  • 9
    Slice off some of the dough. On a floured surface, roll dough out into as much of a square as possible. Make the dough about 1 millimeter, to 1 1/2 millimeter thick.
  • 10
    Slice dough sheet into squares (this doesn't have to be perfect size!). TIP: hold dough with two fingers while slicing, to prevent dough from clumping up...see pic!)
  • 11
    Spoon about 1 tablespoon of filling into the middle of square. TIP: Don't have any filling touching the sides. If you do, sides won't hold properly when pinching them together later on.
  • 12
    Dip fingertips into warm water. Slide along the sides of the square. Fold over, and pinch together. TIP: Do this gently and don't tear the dough, and don't let filling slip onto the edge. This will help pierogi not fall apart in cooking.
  • 13
    Place pierogi on floured plate. Repeat steps until you have about 8-10 pierogi ready for the pot. TIP - don't overcrowd pot with too many pierogi because they won't have room to move around and cook properly.
  • 14
    Once you have them ready, and pot of salted water is boiling, drop pierogi into the pot one by one, stirring the water after each drop. TIP: Stir the WATER, trying not to touch the pierogi. You want to babysit this and constantly stir, to prevent pierogi from sticking to pot, and to each other.
  • 15
    Wait for pierogi to float to top. Boil them for 10-12 minutes, stirring water often. TIP - after ten minutes, take one out to test it, meaning cut it open and taste if dough is done.
  • 16
    In the meantime, melt 1-2 sticks of salted butter. Pour some into baking dish you have ready on the side, to collect your done pierogi.
  • 17
    Once done, carefully fish out your pierogi with slotted spoon into buttered baking dish.
  • 18
    Pour butter all over pierogi after each set you make. Slosh them around in the dish so they don't stick together. Keep dish covered whenever you can so they don't dry out.
  • 19
    TIP: If your pierogi break in the water, and your water starts to get dirty from the bits of filling floating around in it, start over with a new pot of boiling salter water.
  • 20
    TIP: When not using your dough, keep covered with plastic to keep it from drying out.
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