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Post# 913990   1/4/2017 at 18:46 by MattL (Flushing, MI)        

I make pierogi each Christmas, this year they went a bit too fast.  It's a cold, cold blustery day here in Mid MI, so I decided it's a perfect day to make some more.  Most of these will get frozen for the long long winter ahead, but have a question for anyone out there that makes them.  What is the best way to keep them from sticking?  I douse them in butter but today I just brushed them on a large cookie sheet.  I'll cover them and stick them outside to freeze, hopefully that will allow them to be bagged with out adhering to each other.

 

Any suggestions?

 

BTW, here is my recipe.  it seems to be quite different than many of those I found on google.

 

6 c. Flour

2 t. salt

1 1/2 sticks butter.

 

Cut together as for pie.

 

Add:

2 beaten eggs

1 1/2 c. luke warm milk.

 

Mix well.  it will be a shaggy dough.  roll out, fill and cook.

 

I fill with a heavily seasoned fried cabbage, a cheese filling, and if I have some poppy seed filling.

 

While searching google I came across this and will have to try it sometime:

 

You should BBQ them. They become golden brown on the outside and stay soft on the inside. I do it by taking the uncooked perrogies and coat them with olive oil and garlic plus then put them in one of those veggie baskets for the BBQ and shake them occasionally as they cook so it ends up nice and even. They are always a big hit when I make them and a nice alternative.

 





Post# 914077 , Reply# 1   1/5/2017 at 07:54 by Xraytech (S.W. Pennsylvania, near Pittsb)        

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When I make and freeze pierogi I place them on parchment lined trays and freeze. When frozen I then place in a big Tupperware container. Then I can grab what I need and they don't stick.

I make a potato and cheese filling, and my favorite Lekvar filling.


Another great alternative way to fix pierogi, and it is a great appetizer I'd to wrap your frozen pierogi with a piece of bacon(use the thin cut stuff) place them on a lined baking sheet sprinkle brown sugar on top then bake at 375-400 degrees about 20-30 minutes or until bacon is cooked


Post# 914081 , Reply# 2   1/5/2017 at 08:55 by Yogitunes (New Jersey)        

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I usually boil them in water from a frozen state until cooked through....usually 3 to 5 minutes...drain the water

and then deep fat dry them, until they puff up and brown, constantly turning them over......



Post# 914084 , Reply# 3   1/5/2017 at 09:03 by kevin313 (Detroit, Michigan)        

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Hi Matt - I like your recipe for pierogi!

 

I usually put them on a baking sheet lined with parchment and then freeze them like that before putting them in bags of six or twelve. Once they are frozen individually, they shouldn't stick together when put in a bag or other container.


Post# 914112 , Reply# 4   1/5/2017 at 13:31 by MattL (Flushing, MI)        

I put them on parchment lined cookie sheets put them in a bag and set them outside in the 10 degree weather.  My freezer is too full to accommodate a large sheet.

 

Kevin, coming from a large Polish family there are as many versions of pirogi as people.  I've tried many over the years and this is the one that I and people that have tried it like the best.  It's a tender dough and quite easy to work with.  I think I'm the only one who likes the poppy filling, and that is fine, more for me. 

 

If anyone has any favorite fillings feel free to post them.  Along with the fried fresh cabbage I make cheese filling.  It used to be farmer's cheese which is impossible to find around here anymore, now I use small curd cottage cheese drained overnight.  To that I add an egg yolk, salt pepper and a bit of sugar.  I tend to over season the filling as it is balanced out by the dough.

 


Post# 914126 , Reply# 5   1/5/2017 at 14:08 by goatfarmer (South Bend, home of Champions)        

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Post# 914132 , Reply# 6   1/5/2017 at 14:47 by petek (Ontari ari ari O )        

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I use the simple method. Either I buy them frozen directly from the Polish Hall down the road or a friends old aunty takes orders as well. She also makes the ones at the hall along with 2 other ladies. They makes 3 fillings,, the potato/cheese, kapusta, and meat.





Post# 914156 , Reply# 7   1/5/2017 at 17:00 by GusHerb (Chicago/NWI)        
Pierogi Fest

I've been there the last two times. There's this one particular booth run by actual Polacks that serves pierogi's browned (as they should be) as well as potato pancakes and I think Kielbasa as well. It's pretty crowded and everyone kinda shoves each other out of the way (like Polacks do) but it's also pretty laid back and fairly enjoyable. 


Post# 914211 , Reply# 8   1/5/2017 at 20:45 by luxflairguy (Sumas, WA)        

I have to admit that I've never had a Pierogi!  My late twin and her daughters had then.  But I never have.  Are they the Polish version of a Calzone?  

Matt, I like your dough recipe, but wonder with 2 tsp salt, are you using unsalted butter?  And can the milk just be room temp?  Are the fillings all pre-cooked?  Can you use for  instance raw mushrooms and have then come out done?  Deep fry, oven bake?  If you or someone else here would do a photo tutorial, I'd like to give them a try!  I'm tired of all the French food I cook!  Greg


Post# 914230 , Reply# 9   1/5/2017 at 22:35 by MattL (Flushing, MI)        

Lots of questions!

 

OK, no they are not like calzones, more dumpling like.

 

No, just using regular salted butter, don't really taste the salt with that much flour - at least I don't...

 

I think the milk at 120 degrees or so really helps bring all the ingredients together, can't honestly say I've ever tried it without warm milk.

 

All the fillings are precooked.  The pierogi are dropped in a pot of boiling water, and I wait for the boil to start again and cook for 3 or 4 minutes turning occasionally.

 

Many then take the boiled pierogi and pan fry them with onions and butter, I much prefer them unfried.

 

I think of them as winter comfort food.  Hearty and delicious, but a bit of work to make.  Truthfully I usually only make one batch a year, had relatives that would make them every month or so, and many dozens at that, one relative made 100-150 for Christmas - wow.  Over the years I've tried many ways of cutting and sealing them, tossed many away.  Now I use a handy item that cuts the circles, you fill, brush with water, fold then use the same tool to stamp the edges sealed.  It make a little bigger pierog but that is OK. 


Post# 914339 , Reply# 10   1/6/2017 at 16:47 by countryguy (Astorville, ON, Canada)        

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My grandmother and mother (Ukrainians) both made perogies....usually 3-4 dozen at a time. They used a mashed potato with cheddar cheese filling. The boiled potatoes were mashed with salt, pepper and cheddar cheese added (no milk). The perogies were filled and sealed by hand. While they were being boiled, chopped bacon and green onions were fried together and then mixed with the perogies after the water was drained. I have made them a few times but it is a lot of work.

Gary


Post# 914489 , Reply# 11   1/7/2017 at 19:19 by norgeway (mocksville n c )        
Believe it or not

I never heard of them until I was grown...But I like them.

Post# 914496 , Reply# 12   1/7/2017 at 20:11 by petek (Ontari ari ari O )        

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My polish friend thinks I'm odd but I don't care.. I like perogies for breakfast,, fried up with the bacon and eggs. I mean really why not?

Post# 914559 , Reply# 13   1/8/2017 at 07:18 by vacerator (Macomb, Michigan)        
MMM Yes!

for breakfast, anytime. I also like most left overs for breakfast. Pizza, pasta, for ex.

Pete, if you are ever across the river and craving polish food, Helena's country store at 6005 Marine City highway makes home made perogi, kilbasa, etc.
Big sign, can't miss it, redwood building.
I tried their food last summer, but only because they had another sign saying, "good Polish food, turn around, one quarter mile back."
They don't serve it, only sell it.


Post# 914575 , Reply# 14   1/8/2017 at 09:38 by vacerator (Macomb, Michigan)        
Smacne'

means delicious!

Post# 914660 , Reply# 15   1/8/2017 at 14:45 by MattL (Flushing, MI)        

Is Helena's in Port Huron or Sarnia?  I go to Sarnia  often in the summer, would like to try it.

 

 

Hmm. googled it, looks to be a bit south of PH.  A little out of the way for me, I shoot straight across on 69 to Sarnai and over to the marina.


Post# 914662 , Reply# 16   1/8/2017 at 15:04 by vacerator (Macomb, Michigan)        
Matt,

Helena's is west of Marine City, south of St. Clair a bit.

Post# 914678 , Reply# 17   1/8/2017 at 17:53 by petek (Ontari ari ari O )        

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Funny I guess I never noticed the place because I've crossed on the Sombra Marine City ferry a couple of times when the bridge was backed up.

Post# 914734 , Reply# 18   1/9/2017 at 07:10 by vacerator (Macomb, Michigan)        
Pete,

it's on a corner. 6005 marine City highway.

Post# 914832 , Reply# 19   1/9/2017 at 20:19 by jamiel (Detroit, Michigan)        

The Berkley School District (next to us) is having an Adult Continuing Ed class on Pierogi which I think we're going to do...let me know if anyone else is interested (in April--a one-night class at the high school).


Post# 914902 , Reply# 20   1/10/2017 at 06:54 by vacerator (Macomb, Michigan)        
Helena's

has closed and building is for sale.

Post# 914952 , Reply# 21   1/10/2017 at 12:17 by MattL (Flushing, MI)        

Awhttp://www.  Was planning on making a trip over there...


Post# 915024 , Reply# 22   1/10/2017 at 21:33 by petek (Ontari ari ari O )        

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well there goes that.. luckily I have my local supply ladies.

The class would be fun. I won't commit right now,, but remind me later closer to the date. I have a friend lives close by in center line so could do some visiting as well and it's not like I don't know the way to MC casino from there.. LOL


Post# 915037 , Reply# 23   1/10/2017 at 23:35 by MattL (Flushing, MI)        

Ontari ari ari O


Love it. Isn't that from an old Travel and Tourism commercial?





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