Improv Challenge Day!

Hello improvers!  Did you have as much fun with potatoes and cheese as I did?
Before I continue though, have you entered my most recent giveaway?
As always thanks so much to Kristen at Frugal Antics who is such a great host each month.
How really could you go wrong with potatoes and cheese?  How about you add in bacon?
That’s what I’ve done with my pierogies this month.
Every culture in the world has a dumpling of some sort and this is one of my very favourite.  We had a lot of Polish and Ukrainian neighbours growing up and it was a real treat when someone’s Gran would make these.
Here’s my interpretation of this classic dish.

For the filling take: 2 cups mashed potatoes, 2 cups cheese (grated cheddar is my fav), 1 T. chopped chives, pinch of each; nutmeg, salt and pepper.

For the dough; 1 cup milk, 1/2 cup water, 1 egg and 3 T. yogurt.
Add in 4-5 cups of flour.  Your flour is dependant on how much moisture is in the air.  You’re going for a smooth dough that is very elasticy.
Get a tea towel ready on a draining rack (the rack isn’t totally necessary).
Have a big pot of boiling (salted water going).
Pinch off a golf ball sized amount of the dough.
Flatten into a circle and add 2 T. of your filling.
Pinch closed.

Get a whole assembly line going and place on a floured tea towel.
Add to the boiling water and cook until they float.
Now this part you don’t have to do.  You can eat your pierogies straight out of the water with a bit of sourcream or you can saute them in a little butter. 
However, you went to all that trouble of making them so why not cook a 1b. of bacon and pan fry them in the fat?  Come on…you know you want to.
Have your bacon at the ready as garnish.

And enjoy.

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  1. Janel@hatingmartha says:

    Yum! I can't add anymore to my list. Seriously. But I wanna! I still have my computer open to make the bread from yesterday. I has to happen soon!

  2. Elizabeth says:

    My grandchildren will love these! Thanks for sharing!

  3. Tara @ Crock-Pot Ladies says:

    This looks great! What a great way to use potatoes and cheese!

  4. YUM!! I love the fry them in the bacon fat part too…YUM again.

    If you haven't already, I'd love for you to check out my Improv Cooking Challenge entry: Loaded Potato & Buffalo Chicken Casserole

    Cook Lisa Cook

  5. Cookaholic Wife says:

    I also made pierogi but mine always end up gummy. I may need to try your version.

  6. I LOVE perogies! I had never heard of them until I lived in NY for awhile! I'll definately be saving this recipe to try!!

  7. Deanna - Teaspoon of Spice says:

    Oh my goodness. My ears always perk up at bacon and I've been wanting to make pierogies for awhile now – and now I have some inspiration!

  8. Ashley @ Kitchen Meets Girl says:

    I can totally go for frying things in bacon fat! These look great!

  9. Teri@thefreshmancook says:

    I have never made these! They look amazing! What a great recipe!

  10. Chandra@The Plaid and Paisley Kitchen says:

    I love love love perogies!!! These look amazing! Thanks for sharing! Please come check out my colcannon casserole!

  11. Those look perfect. Definitely a great Improv choice!!

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