Thursday, July 12, 2012
It is my foundation for many tasty pierogie based recipes.
3 cups all purpose flour plus more for dusting
1 cup water
1 egg (I use free range because they have a richer flavor)
2 tsp canola oil
1 tsp salt
Put flour and salt in a large shallow bowl. Make a well in the center and put water, egg, and oil in well. Mix the liquid into the flour slowly until a ragged ball forms. Knead dough on a flour dusted surface for about 8 minutes, until smooth, elastic, and supple, dusting with flour as needed to prevent sticking. Overturn a bowl on the dough and let sit one hour.
Four medium Idaho potatoes
Boil the potatoes until tender. Mash.
To shape the Pierogies:
Fill a large pot with water and put it on the stove on high to boil.
Roll out the dough until thin on a cutting board dusted with flour (if you are lucky enough to own a pasta roller this is when to use it). Cut rounds about 3" in diameter (I use a wine glass, but a cookie cutter would work as well). Put about one half tsp of potato filling in the center of each round. Wet the edge of the dough with a wet finger. Fold the dough over the potato, forming a pocket and tuck the corners in. Seal closed with your fingers and then crimp the edges with a fork. I place the uncooked pierogies on a greased cookie sheet lined with parchment paper while they are waiting to cook. Once all the pierogies are shaped, drop them one at a time into the boiling water, about ten pierogies can cook at once. Stir the pot with a slotted spoon once at the beginning of cooking to prevent sticking, and allow to cook about 3 minutes. The pierogies should be floating when you remove them from the water. Drain them and rinse with hot water to remove excess starch.
This recipe makes a whole mess of pierogies. About 10 servings. You can freeze them after boiling on a greased cookie sheet and once frozen, transfer to a plastic freezer bag. Do not freeze them all together in one bag without first freezing on a cookie sheet or they will clump together and be impossible to seperate.