|Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)|
|Servings: 30 pierogi (6 servings)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 3g||4%|
|Saturated Fat 1g||7%|
|Total Carbohydrate 16g||6%|
|Dietary Fiber 2g||6%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
This Polish potato pierogi recipe or pierogi ruskie (pyeh-RROH-ghee RROOSS-kyeh) is from chef Marek (Mark) Widomski, founder, and director of the Culinary Institute in Cracow, Poland.
Pierogi ruskie are among the most popular types of Polish dumplings. Contrary to what most people believe, that does not translate to "Russian pierogi." It actually means Ruthenian or Rusyn pierogi.
Ruthenians or Rusyns are also known as Carpatho-Rusyns represented by the peoples around the northern Carpathian Mountains in western Ukraine, eastern Slovakia, and southern Poland. This area also is known as Galicia in English (Galicja in Polish, Halic in Slovak and Halchyna in Ukrainian).
Chef Mark and his staff offer classes in everything from peasant food to gourmet cuisine, tailoring them to the individual's needs, in Polish, English, and other languages. For best results, don't mash the potatoes, use a fork or grinder, according to chef Mark. If you can't find dry curd cheese, you might want to make your own farmer's cheese from scratch.
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- For the Dough:
- 2 to 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 large egg (room temperature)
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup water (lukewarm)
- For the Potato-Cheese Filling:
- 2 pounds russet potatoes (scrubbed and boiled in their jackets)
- 2 tablespoons onion (finely minced, sautéed in 1 tablespoon butter)
- 8 ounces dry curd or farmer's cheese (room temperature; or ricotta)
- Optional: kosher salt (to taste)
- Optional: freshly ground black pepper (to taste)
Gather the ingredients.
Make the filling by peeling the potatoes and fork blending or ricing them (do not mash) into a large bowl.
Add the sautéed onion and farmer's cheese and mix well. Season to taste with salt and pepper and set aside.
Make the dough by placing 2 cups of flour in a large bowl or on a work surface and make a well in the center.
Break the egg into it, then add the salt and lukewarm water a little at a time.
Bring the dough together, kneading well and adding more flour or water as necessary.
Divide the dough in half and cover it with a bowl or towel. Let it rest 20 minutes.
Assemble the pierogi on a floured work surface. Roll out the dough thinly and cut with a 2-inch round or glass.
Spoon a portion of the filling into the middle of each circle.
Fold dough in half and pinch edges together.
Gather scraps, re-roll and fill. Repeat with remaining half of dough.
Sprinkle a baking sheet with flour and place the filled pierogi on it in a single layer. Cover with a tea towel.
Cook the pierogi by bringing a large, low saucepan of salted water to boil. Drop in about six pierogi at a time. Return to the boil and reduce heat. When the pierogi rise to the surface, continue to simmer a few minutes more.
Remove one with a slotted spoon and taste for doneness. When satisfied, remove remaining pierogi with a slotted spoon to a serving platter that has been buttered so the dumplings don't stick.
- For best results, according to chef Mark, some small pieces of the whole potato should remain.