Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Potato and Cheese Pierogi~Comfy Cuisine

It's Wednesday! That means another food friend is coming to join us and share a favorite recipe. I am so excited to introduce this next friend. 
She is my Polish sister from another mister.
 Please welcome Patti from Comfy Cuisine.
(Here's Patti with her son, Brian)
Patti and I initially bonded over our Polish ancestry. My father's family, who live in Wisconsin, are of Polish and German descent and my husband's family (on his Dad's side) are also of Polish descent.

Ok, funny side story. When my husband and I first met and we first told each other our last names, we about fell over laughing because we both have kinda long, sometimes difficult to pronounce Polish last names. It was love at first-ethnic last names y'all.

I, however, did not grow up eating traditional Polish food. My Momma, who is from the South, was the main cook in our family. So she made meals that she grew up with as well as the traditional American meals we all know and love. My husband, however, was exposed to a bit more of the Polish American cuisine because of his Grandma and all the Polish festivals he attended as a child. 

Patti grew up watching her Mom and her Grandma making traditional Polish dishes. She learned how to make everything from scratch and she also learned the history and tradition behind these recipes. I was so fascinated by her amazing collection of recipes. She was teaching me about part of my own heritage with food. 
And nothing bonds people more than food. Am I right?

Patti also has a love for Italian cuisine (which you will notice on her blog) and she recently has started her own catering business. Patti is also the Mom to two amazing grown men. She is a great lady who I have really enjoyed getting to know and to pester with all
 my food questions.

Today Patti is bringing us one of her family's favorite (and one of mine!), Pierogi!

Hi Everyone!

I have the pleasure of bring Brandie's guest today!  Little did we know when we first became blog friends, that our families have Polish roots.  Brandie is a sweetheart, down to earth, and best of all, has some great recipes!

I started Comfy Cuisine almost a year ago now.  I was unemployed and decided to start the blog to preserve my family Polish traditions and recipes for my two sons and family.  Some things can get forgotten as your children grow.  I wanted to keep the traditional alive for when they have their own children.
My mom made the best pierogis and to this day, even when I make them...they will say "remember how grandma used to make them?".  Certain things cannot be replaced...only with love and fond memories.

I've had a passion for cooking for as long as I can remember - always wondering how did they make that? Or where can I get the recipe?  This passion has brought me now to start a small catering business and became an Independent Consultant for The Pampered Chef.

The following is my mom's recipe for pierogi - be prepared to make alot!  Hopefully you will have some "pierogi pals" to help you in the kitchen!

Pierogi are a traditional Polish noodle dumpling, filled with a variety of sweet and savory mixtures.  I grew up with my Polish Cioci making these for us.  My mom learned from her and so on down the line.  When my mom would make these, we would set up an assembly line.  She would roll out the dough and make the circles, I would add the fillings and close them up, and my father would boil them.  Unfortunately, both of them are gone now and I have to make them on my own.  I usually make them for the holidays, or just when we get in the mood for them.

Pierogi Dough:
4 cups, all-purpose flour
2 eggs
1/2 cup sour cream
2/3 cup warm water, plus 2 to 3 Tbs. if needed
1 tsp. salt

Combine all ingredients and knead until well blended, about 5 minutes.  You can either do this by hand or in your mixer fitted with a dough hook.  Let dough rest 30 minutes covered with plastic wrap or a damp towel.
For many years, we would roll out this dough by hand on a big wooden board that my father made for my mom.  He also made one for me.

 I have a pasta machine now, and I use this for rolling out any or most dough that I make.  Divide dough in 8 pieces and work one piece at a time, keeping remaining dough covered.  Roll to 1/8" thickness (Setting #5 on the pasta machine). Cut into 3" rounds.  I use a coffee mug that measures 3" across.  Anything will do.

Place a heaping tablespoon of filling (see filling recipe below) into the center of each round.

 Moisten the edges with water, fold over and press together to seal.

 Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil.  Add pierogi, without crowding and cook until pierogi float to the top. After they float to the surface, allow them to cook another 3 to 4 minutes.

 I put the cooked pierogi in foil pans in two dozen batches and drizzle with melted butter.

Potato-Cheese Filling
2 lbs. Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and cubed
1 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese
1/2 onion, chopped
4 Tbs. unsalted butter

Peel and cube potatoes.  
Cook in boiling salted water until tender just as you would do for mashed potatoes.
While potatoes are cooking, melt butter in skillet and fry onions until caramelized.  
 Drain potatoes, add the onions and cheddar cheese and mix well.  Add salt and pepper to taste.  Let cool.

For the finished dish:
1/2 stick unsalted butter
1 large onion, chopped
Sour cream for garnish

Saute chopped onion in butter in a large pan until onions are soft.  Add pierogies and fry until lightly browned and heated through.  Whenever I am sauteing onions in butter, for any dish, my sons yell out "Ma - you making pierogies?"  I love that!  The smells from the kitchen and memories that last forever.

Makes 4 dozen.
You can freeze these but there won't be any left.  A half-day's work but a labor of love.  You need to multi-task when you are in the kitchen!
I can just smell these now!
Thank you so much to Patti for sharing this recipe. This definitely is a meal that is right at home here at The Country Cook. It is country cooking - Polish style!

To see some other Pierogi filling ideas(the possibilities are endless), check out Patti's Pierogi blog post on her website
Also, you can find Patti hanging out on facebook.

She also has a Pampered Chef page for you all kitchen gadget lovers!



  1. Pierogies are my favorite food and I've been looking for a great homemade recipe to try! These look great :)

  2. Brandie, your guest posts never fail to impress.

    Patti, these look like the best pirogi ever! And I love that board your dad made for you...truly a family heirloom.

  3. Labor of love for sure. Pierogies were one of the first things I made when I started my blog. I love them and these look delicious. Makes me want to be on my feet half the day to prepare these again. Another great guest post and it's so nice being introduced to Patti.

  4. I always wanted to try making pierogies, but the dough is what I find daunting, I really do not think I have the counter space or strength to roll it out so thin! I might just try it anyway, this recipe looks so delicious!!

  5. Oh my these look delicious! I love pierogies ---- I'll have to try these sometime soon!

  6. Awesome post as always Brandie. I love perogies and will give these a try. Thanks for the wonderful recipes.

  7. These look so good! I haven't had these since a friend I visited in Ukraine (on the Polish border) made them. She made 3 or 4 different types and they were all delicious. I've been afraid to try them but with your directions, I'm on the job!

  8. Great guest post! I've never made perogies just because of the assumption that they would be difficult. You make it look so easy!

  9. What a great post. Wonderful pictures and an awesome recipe!

  10. Oh yes siree those look good! I haven't had a good pierogi in years! We used to have Polish neighbors when I was young and they introduced me to a whole new world of food! These look incredible! Thank you for sharing Patti, and thanks for another wonderful guest poster Bran!

  11. Y'all are just the sweetest folks, let me tell ya. Thank you for all the kind comments on Patti's guest post. She really shared a very special recipe from her family history so I am truly honored! Big thank you to Patti!!

  12. No, thank you! and everyone else! xo

  13. :)) Funny post, and I loved your new guest..I will check her blog too!
    I am not Polish but I did eat Potato & Cheese Pirogi all the time, and couldn't wait until my mom make it again! Great instructions for homemade..awesome guest post!!!

  14. Hello my fellow Polish friends! I learned to cook from my grandmother who was polish and lithuanian. She taught me how to make pierogi when i was just a kid, she gave me this christmas cup that she said "made the perfect size!" I still have that cup and still make it the way she taught me so long ago :)

  15. Hi Danielle! How wonderful! I love hearing memories like that. What a wonderful gift she gave you - so very sweet!

  16. Great post here, perogis are something I like to eat but have never taken the time to make. Looks like I am missing out, so I need to make time. Simply delicious.

  17. I don't think I've ever had a true homemade pierogi :( How sad. I am missing out. The only one's I've made are of the tiny frozen (dry, bland) variety. That's going to have to change!

  18. Pierogis are MY FAVORITE. YUMMMM>

  19. The only perogies I've ever had have been the frozen kind from the market. I'll have to try these.

  20. Thanks for the recipe for the dugh. Lost mine. Have not made them in years the kids will enjoy this. How do you make the cabbage filling and the prune filling? Do you have a recipe for them?

  21. Wow - pierogi look fantastic. Love the look of them and all the step-by-steps. Great guest post and thanks for introducing us to Patti. Congrats also on Top9! Great job, girls.

  22. I have never heard of these before, but I am glad I have now. They sound so delicious. I would love to make them with a "loaded baked potato" type filling! Congrats on the top 9 too! =)

  23. We've been out of the loop and mostly away form the blogosphere for a few weeks now, but what a charming a delicious recipe to come back to! Thanks for introducing us to Patti and Congrats on the top 9!

  24. This looks absolutely delicious and who will say No to that potato cheese combination. I am loving it and saving this in my wish list. :) Congrats on Top 9 .. totally deserving!

  25. I've only made pierogies once, but your recipe makes me want to make some right now. They look wonderful. Can't wait to look at your blog.

  26. I love pierogies... especially ones with cheese!! :)

  27. I would love to try some of your recipes but for some reason am unable to get the recipe link to work on any of I missing a clue as to using this??
    You have some really yummy looking recipes.

  28. Hi Grammy. I'm sorry to hear you are having troubles. I'm not sure what the problem could be. I do use Google Docs as my printable form. It could be your browser is not letting it pop-up as another window or link. If there are any specific ones you would like, I would be happy to e-mail them to you. Just send me your email address to:

  29. Well, I really didn't want to bother you but I would truly love the Honey Bun cake and the Easy Apple Danish....somehow, I managed to get the Pierogi (memories of childhood). Thank you.

  30. Hi Grammy, here are the links for both of those. You should be able to copy and paste them into your browser. Or you can look at my pictures on the right hand side of my blog and click on the ones you want. It will take you right to them. :)

  31. Thank you! I have tried that several times, and just did again, and it always says the content is copyrighted. Thanks so much for your efforts......when I get a bit of time, I will hand copy them.
    I couldn't even copy the link from your comment for the same reason, but did from the e-mail you sent.
    Thanks again, so much, for your trouble.

  32. if you go below the recipe it will say printable recipe. click on it and it will work.

  33. Hi Grammy, just like what Katz said. If you click on the bottom of the post where it says "Printable recipe Link", click on that. It will take you to a printable recipe page so you don't have to hand write it. Sorry you're having so much trouble with it!

  34. I'm sorry...I didn't mean to start a whole thing here. I have tried that link many times and always get an error message that "this program cannot open this page".

    No problem....I will write them out.
    Thank you all for your efforts to help.

  35. You aren't starting anything! I'm happy to help. Just send me your e-mail. I'd be happy to e-mail them to you so maybe you can print it out that way. Not sure exactly what the problem is. Maybe your browser isn't compatible with my printing format? Computers are so fickle sometimes :)

  36. I've never even had a pierogi but it seems like something I should be taste testing immediately! ;)

  37. I have never even heard of these but they look so good to eat - I expect the dumpling is really silky and unctuous with the filling

  38. My hubby introduced me to these and I can't wait to make him homemade one we are only able to get them in the box down here in Texas. He is from Michigan so he had neighbors and family and what not to introduce him to different things like that and I introduced him to the southern way of things. Lol

  39. great recipe i just made them and they turned out great thank you very much

  40. I just made this recipe today, and it was awesome! My family loved them. This was the first time I made homemade pierogies, and it was a success. Thank you so much! I highly recommend this recipe! It was phenomenal!


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