Perogies

Submitted by: Irene Sönnichsen
Perogies are of Ukranian/Polish origin. A potato/onion/cheese mixture covered in a thin dough. After boiling they can either be served as is or drained and then fried in butter with oinions. Sour cream is normally served along with the perogies.

Serves: 4

Preparation time:
Cooking time:

Dietary guidance: v 

Tags: main · course ·

Ingredients

Dough:
3 cups (750 ml)all-purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 egg
3/4 cup water(175 ml)
4 tsp (20ml)vegetable oil
Filling:
1 tbsp butter
1/3 cup(75ml) finely chopped onoin
1 cup mashed potatos
3/4 cup cheddar cheese (or 1/2 cup cheez whiz)
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper

Method

Preparation:
In a bowl, combine flour and salt. Beat together egg, water and oil and then stir into flour mixture making a soft but not sticky dough that holds together in a ball. If the dough is too hard, simply add water a teaspon at a time until the dough becomes soft and pliable but not sticky.
Turn out the dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead about 10 times. return to bowl cover with a damp cloth and let rest for 20 minutes.

Filling:
While the dough is resting, heat butter in a skillet over medium heat, add onions, cook for 3 to 5 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from heat and transfer to a bowl. Add the mashed potatoes, cheese, salt and pepper. Stir until well mixed.

Halve the dough. With one portion of the dough at a time(leaving the other covered) roll out onto a lightly floured surface. The dough must be fairly thin, using a 3 inch round cutter or inverted glass, cut dough into rounds.
TIP Ensure that the dough is not so thin that it breaks when lifting off of the surface
Place 1 tsp potato filling in the center of each round.Lightly moisten the edge of one half of the round with water.Fold in half and pinch edges together to seal
To cook:
Bring a large pot of slightly salted water to a boil. Drop perogies one at a time into the water. They are done when they float to the top. Do not boil too long or they will become soggy.
Remove with a slotted spoon and allow to drain.
Once drained they can be served or one can fry them until golden brown in a pan with onions and butter. A delicious alternative.

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