How to Make Pierogi

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    Follow These Easy Steps to Make Pierogi

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    Leah Maroney

    Creating homemade pierogi is not as tough as you might think. And, if you break down the dough making, cutting, filling and cooking into three days, it's really a snap. Making pierogis is a great way to spend an afternoon with the kids and grandkids. Pierogis freeze well, cooked or raw, so you can enjoy them for weeks at a time.

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    Roll Out the Pierogi Dough

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    Leah Maroney

    On a lightly floured surface, roll out of your choosing to a 1/8-inch thickness.

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    Roll the Pierogi Dough with a Rolling Pin or Pasta Machine

    Pasta Machine to roll out pierogi dough
    Leah Maroney

    If rolling dough the conventional way is difficult for you, use a pasta machine.

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    Cut the Pierogi Dough into Circles

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    Leah Maroney

    Using a 3-inch round cutter, cut the dough. Gather scraps, cover with plastic wrap and set aside.

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    Fill the Pierogi Dough Circles

    Fill pierogi circles
    Leah Maroney

    Using a 1 1/2-inch cookie scoop, portion filling of choice on all the dough circles before folding.

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    Seal the Pierogi Dough

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    Leah Maroney
    • With clean, dry hands, fold dough over filling to create a half-moon shape. Press edges together, sealing and crimping with your fingers (or use a fork) as for a pie.
    • If dough is dry, moisten edges with egg wash (1 egg beaten with 1 teaspoon water) before pressing edges together. Roll, cut and fill reserved scraps.
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    How to Boil Pierogi

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    Leah Maroney
    • Pierogi can be boiled fresh or frozen. Bring a deep pot of salted water to a rolling boil. Reduce to a simmer and drop 12 pierogi at a time into water. Stir once so they don't stick to the bottom. When they rise to the surface, cook 3 minutes or until dough is done to your liking (based on thickness of dough).
    • Remove with a slotted spoon to a platter that has been smeared with butter. Pierogi will stick together if drained in a colander, even if the colander has been coated with cooking...MORE spray.
    • Repeat until all pierogi are cooked. Serve with melted butter, confectioners' sugar (for sweet fillings) and sour cream, if desired. Or sauté in melted butter until golden (see the next step).
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    How to Fry Pierogi

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    Leah Maroney
    • Pierogi can be fried after boiling if desired. Add 1 stick butter to a heavy, large skillet, and fry pierogi on both sides until lightly browned.
    • If frying savory (non-sweet) pierogi, you may add 1 cup chopped onion to the butter and sauté until translucent. Add pierogi and fry until golden on both sides and onion is tender. Serve hot with onion, sour cream and bacon bits on the side, if desired.
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    How to Freeze Pierogi

    how to freeze pierogi
    Leah Maroney

    Pierogi can be frozen raw or cooked. On a parchment-lined baking sheet, arrange raw or cooked, cooled pierogi, making sure the ends don't touch. Place in freezer.

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    Enjoy Pierogi Anytime

    how to store pierogi
    Leah Maroney

    When they're completely frozen, transfer these IQF (individually quick frozen) pierogi to a zip-top plastic bag for freezer storage up to 6 months. Take out as many or as few individual pierogi for cooking on an as-needed basis.