So it was Ukrainian Christmas this past week. And in my family we celebrate it on the Friday or Saturday closest to it. Regan and I have held them almost every year since we got married (minus the first two).
SO in honor of it, I thought I'd teach ya'll how to make homemade Perogis the way my momma and grandma make them. Something i love love love!! So here we go, a little Pioneer Woman style (only not as good pictures or commentary) :)
So make your filling first.
Peel and boil potatoes.
Drain and reserve the potato water, set aside.
Mash the potatoes.
Add cottage cheese, melted butter, salt and pepper and mix well.
This is what it looks like. (all the amounts are at the bottom!)
To make dough:
Four eggs in a medium bowl
and beat then like crazy
add 1 1/2 cup potato water
Mix to combine (crazy like if you're feeling it)
Add 6 cups of flour, salt and baking powder.
Knead into a dough. Pour 1 cup of flour onto a clean counter. Turn the dough out onto the floured counter and knead. Should be stiff dough, not sticky, if sticky add flour until stiff.
Allow dough to rest for 10 minutes.
Roll the dough out to 1/4 inch or a little less.
Cut out circles with a wide mouth mason jar lid (or I used a cup that is about that size).
Stretch the dough out with your thumbs a bit, pulling from the middle out.
Place a heaping teaspoon of filling in the center, being careful not to touch the edges with the filling.
Moisten the edge of the dough slightly with warm water.
Stretch the dough over the filling (don't touch the edge with the filling or the perogi will come apart during boiling)
and pinch all the way around the edges of the half circle.
Place on wax paper, parchment paper or a floured cookie sheet.
Freeze to keep or drop into salted boiling water for 7 minutes.
Drain them well and immediately fry in hot pan with sauteing onions, bacon and butter until golden brown. (the butter and fat keeps them from sticking to each other.)
Stasiuk Family Perogis
2 Tbsp melted margarine or butter
3/4 lb of dry cottage cheese or cheddar cheese
1 1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
5 medium potatoes, boiled and mashed
1 1/2 cup potato water
4 well beaten eggs
6-8 cups flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder
1 Large onion chopped finely
3 Tbsp butter
1/2 lb chopped bacon