Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Ukraine - Potato and Cheese Perogies

I've wanted to try these for ages. They're kind of like pasties or empanadas but boiled in water. They can be filled with meat or fruit too but I chose to fill them with potato as is tradition in the Ukraine.


For the dough:

* 2 cups flour
* 1/2 tsp salt
* 2 egg yolks
* 2 tsp oil
* 1/2 to 3/4 cup hot tap water

For the filling:

* 2 medium potatoes
* 2 tbls sour cream
* 1 cup cheddar cheese
* salt and pepper

Put the floor on your counter top in a heap

Make a well in the flour and put the egg yolks and oil into it.

Stir the flour into the middle and mix well, then start adding the water (just enough to make a dough) until you have a ball of dough. Put the dough in the fridge for an hour.

Peel and cut the potatoes into chunks. Boil in water until soft.

Add the sour cream, cheese, salt and pepper.

Mash them all together well.

Take the dough out of the fridge and roll out portions of it on a floured surface. Use a small bowl or cup to cut rounds.

Take a spoonful of the potato mix and put it on the dough round

Fold over the dough and press the edges down well.

Bring a pan of salted water to the boil and add the perogies a few at a time.

When they float to the top, they're done. Take them out and drain on kitchen paper. They can be served with caramalized onions and bacon. I tried them plain.

They were really good. The filling was especially tasty and I almost just wanted to eat that on it's own after I made it. I'd like to try some more fillings as they're so easy to make. I think my kids would like to try some fruit filled perogies. Very nice!

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