Polish Pierogies


For the pierogi dough:

۱ pint sour cream

۵ cups flour

۲ tablespoons melted butter

۲ whole eggs

۱ egg yolk

۲ teaspoons salt

۲ teaspoons olive oil

For the filling:

۱/۲ pound ground beef


Freshly ground black pepper

۱/۲ pound soft farmers cheese

۲ tablespoons minced shallots

۲ tablespoons minced garlic

۱/۲ cup green onions, chopped

۱ whole egg

To finish:

۴ tablespoons butter

۱ tablespoon finely chopped fresh parsley leaves

۱/۲ cup sour cream



For the dough: In a large mixing bowl, combine the sour cream, flour, butter, 2 whole eggs, egg yolk, 2 teaspoons salt and olive oil. Knead the mixture into a soft dough. Divide the dough in half and cover for 10 minutes. On a floured surface, roll each half of the dough into a thin circle, 1/4-inch thick. Cut the dough using a 3-inch circle cutter. For the filling: Season the beef with salt and pepper. In a saute pan, render the ground beef for 3 minutes. Remove from the pan and drain on a paper-lined plate. In a mixing bowl, combine the cheese, ground beef, shallots, garlic, green onion and egg. Mix well. Season with salt and pepper. Place 1 tablespoon of the filling in the center of each circle of dough and fold over. Press and seal into half-moon shapes. Use a little water to seal the pierogi’s. In a pot of boiling, salted water, cook the pierogi for 8 minutes, or until they float. Remove from the water and drain. In a saute pan, melt 2 tablespoons of the butter. Sear the pierogi for 2 to 3 minutes on each side, or until they are golden brown. Remove from the pan. The pierogi will need to be sauteed in batches. Arrange the pierogi’s on a platter. Garnish with parsley and serve with sour cream.