Kate wanted homemade perogies for her birthday party celebration...so we got a rollin' and pinchin'!
Start with a good dough recipe. We looked at many and settled on this one. I have since found another recipe that is very simple as well, but he said it's a bit of a secret :)
I precooked all the potatoes and made my filling ahead of time. It should be cold so it doesn't start cooking the dough, etc. I also made cottage cheese filling with 1 tub dry cottage cheese, 1 tub wet 2 % cottage cheese, 2 scoops cooked potatoes, 3 egg yolks and 1 tsp salt. Worked well. Cottage cheese are the hardest to get to stick together and not pop when boiled.
The best is using dry cottage cheese with a little salt, but it is so expensive.
Try putting homemade sauerkraut in some or try fruit fillings too... so many choices!
A bosch makes the dough work so easy peasy
Nana helps roll the first ones, being fancy with making them in actual circles. Roll thin or you'll end up with very chubby and tough perogies.
Let children make weird baby perogies and giggle giggle
Others take this job very seriously and perfect the art. Place a little ball of your filling inside the circle, fold over and start pinching. Various sounds are optional...like blup blup blup
Little pre-shaped balls of mashed potatoes, medium cheddar cheese and a little salt.
Making the little balls to fill the perogies
Boiling the first dozen, just to see if they are edible and stay together. Most recipes say to boil for 5-10 minutes. I ended up doing 7 minutes. We love them fried up the next day as well.
Yup, they are yummy and disappear too quickly!
Another option is to just cut the dough into squares. Then there is no waste and no "re-rolling" the dough as it can get tough. The other option is to use the left over scraps as noodles.
Not a bad option at all we say!
If you do the square, they look square instead of the 1/2 circle.
We froze them on racks and sheets and then put them in freezer bags later.