Cleveland Association of Paralegals, Inc.
CAP was invited to share a recipe that represents Northeastern Ohio at the National Federation of Paralegal Associations, Inc., 2011 Annual Convention. The membership voted to share a recipe for pierogies.
Prep Time: 45 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 60 minutes
- 2 1/2 cups flour, plus extra for kneading and rolling dough
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 large egg
- 2 tbs sour cream, plus extra to serve with the pierogi
- 1/2 cup lukewarm water
- 1/4 cup butter, softened and cut into small pieces
- butter and onions for sautéing
- ingredients for filling of your choice (potato & cheese filling recipe below)
To prepare the pierogi dough, mix together the flour and salt. Beat the egg, then add all at once to the flour mixture. Add the sour cream and water and work until the dough loses most of its stickiness (about 5-7 minutes). You can use a food processor with a dough hook for this, but be careful not to overbeat. Wrap the dough in plastic and refrigerate for 20-30 minutes or overnight; the dough can be kept in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. Each batch of dough makes about 12-15 pierogies, depending on size.
Prepare the Pierogies
Roll the pierogi dough on a floured board or countertop until 1/8" thick. Cut circles of dough (2" for small pierogies and 3-3 1/2" for large pierogies) with a cookie cutter or drinking glass. Place a small ball of filling (about a tablespoon) on each dough round and fold the dough over, forming a semi-circle. Press the edges together with the tines of a fork.
Boil the pierogies a few at a time in a large pot of water. They are done when they float to the top (about 8-10 minutes). Rinse in cool water and let dry.
Sauté chopped onions in butter in a large pan until onions are soft. Then add pierogies and pan fry until lightly crispy. Serve with a side of sour cream for a true Cleveland pierogi meal.
Homemade Pierogi Tips:
- If you are having a hard time getting the edges to stick together, you may have too much flour in the dough. Add a little water to help get a good seal.
- If you don't want to cook all of the pierogies right away, you can refrigerate them (uncooked) for several days or freeze them for up to several months.
- You can fill pierogies with pretty much anything you want, though potato and cheese is the most common (recipe below). Sweet pierogies are often filled with a prune mixture.
Potato, Cheese & Onion Filling: Peel and boil 5 large potatoes until soft. Red potatoes are especially good for this. While the potatoes are boiling, finely chop 1 large onion and sauté in butter until soft and translucent. Mash the potatoes with the sautéed onions and 4-8oz of grated cheddar cheese (depending on how cheesy you want your pierogies), adding salt and pepper to taste. You can also add some fresh parsley, bacon bits, chives, or other enhancements if you desire. Let the potato mixture cool and then form into 1" balls.