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Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Loaded Pierogi #FoodieExtravaganza


   I really struggled trying to decide what potato recipe to do for this month's Foodie Extravaganza theme.  I had a lot of ideas, none of which I was thrilled about.  The idea to do pierogi popped into my head and it sounded wonderful, but I had never made pierogi on my own.  I had helped my mother-in-law once.  It was a lot of fun.  A bunch of Matt's cousins, their kids, my brother-in-law and Nana and Mike all got together to do it.  A group broke off to make homemade polish sausage (it's nothing think the kielbasa I thought of before being introduced to more tradtional Polish recipes).  The rest of us were on team pierogi.  We made a TON of them with a handful of fillings.  It worked out great.


    A couple of people worked on rolling the dough thin.  They had the Kitchenaid pasta roller, so that made things go pretty quick.  Then there was a stuffing station, a boiling station and somebody who was laying them all out to dry before they went in the freezer.  It was very efficient, a lot of fun and everyone had a freezer full of wonderful treats when it was done.  Nana got hers out for the following Easter and they were all sooo good.

   Anyway, after that tackling the whole thing by myself seemed a bit intimidating.  Especially since my pasta roller is this rolling pin.  So, I decided I would need to think of something else to do for my potato recipe.  Then, MiMi sent a text one Friday night saying she and Pops would like to steal Jax for a bit the next morning.  I had my chance, it was now or never.  A couple of hours with my hands free was just the inspiration I needed.

   The actually came together pretty easily.  Of course, they do take some time and a little patience.  I would say they are worth the effort.  I don't think they will become a weekly staple, but it fun to know that I can make them if the situation arises!

Loaded Pierogi

Ingredients:

Dough:
3 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups white whole wheat flour (you can use all all-purpose if you'd like) 
1 tsp salt
1 cup water
3 eggs
1/2 cup butter, softened

Filling:
4 medium potatoes
8 oz cream cheese
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
4-5 strips bacon, cooked crisp and crumbled
4 oz shredded colby jack cheese (cheddar would be great too!)
1/4 cup chives, chopped

For cooking:
1/2 T butter
3-4 strips bacon, cooked crisp and crumbled
additional cheese and sour cream for serving

  1. To make dough, mix together flour and salt in food processor.  Add in water, eggs and butter.  Pulse until a dough forms.  You can add a little more flour or water if needed.  Pull the dough together into a tight ball and wrap in plastic wrap.  Set aside to rest for at least 20 minutes.  
  2. Meanwhile, peel and cube your potatoes.  Place in a pot of water and bring to a boil.  Boil until tender, about 10-15 minutes.  Drain completely.  Place pan of drained potatoes over low heat and allow any remaining water to evaporate.  Add cream cheese and mash to your desired consistency.  Stir in salt, pepper, cheese, bacon and chives.  Place in refrigerator to cool.
  3. Roll half of your dough out to 1/8 inch thickness.  Cut 4" circles.  Place a tablespoon of cooled filling in the center.  Use wet fingers to moisten the edges of the dough, fold over and seal.  (I used my fingers, a fork and a pierogi press.  Each method worked just as well as the next.  The press did make the prettiest dumplings, but they were all delicious.)
  4. Once the pierogi are all formed, bring a large pot of water to a slow boil.  In batches, drop the pierogi in and allow to boil for 1-2 minutes.  When they float, they are ready to be removed with a slotted spoon.  Drain on a towel and continue working until all pierogi have been boiled.
  5. At this point you can lay them out on trays to freeze.  Once individually frozen, you can place them in freezer bags and freeze for up to 3 months.  I froze about half my batch and went ahead and cooked the rest.
  6. To prepare, melt half the butter in a large skillet.  Add the bacon.  Place pierogi in the melted butter so that they form a single layer.  Cook over medium heat until they are gold brown, flip and cook the other side.  Remove from pan and place in serving dish.  Continue working, adding a little butter and bacon as you go, until all of the pierogi are cooked.  Sprinkle with cheese and place in a warm oven (I had mine at 250 F) until cheese melts. Sprinkle with chives and drizzle with sour cream. 

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Foodie Extravaganza is where bloggers come together and celebrate food holidays. Did you know there is at least one food assigned to each day of the year to celebrate that food? Kathleen from Fearlessly Creative Mammas is our host this month and since she is from Idaho, she picked potatoes. All of the recipes will feature potatoes in one form or another.

Posting day is always the first Wednesday of the month. If you are a blogger and you're interested in joining in the fun, visit us at our Facebook Foodie Extravaganza page. You can also visit our past party submissions on our Pinterest Foodie Extravaganza board .

We hope you will enjoy the recipes we are sharing this month. The potato is so versatile that we've come up with a huge variety of recipes for you to try.

Latvian Spiced Dill French Fries from Fearlessly Creative Mammas
Chicken and Mashed Potato Waffles from Culinary Adventures with Camilla
Chipotle and Lime Roasted Fingerling Potatoes from Sew You Think You Can Cook
Horseradish Potato Au Gratin from From Gate to Plate
Roasted Purple Potatoes with Rosemary and Thyme from Our Good Life
Slow Cooker Loaded Potato Soup from Making Miracles
Llapingachos (Ecuadorian Stuffed Potato Patties) from Tara's Multicultural Table
Tortilla Espanola (Spanish Omelet) from Cali's Cuisine
Japanese Moon Gazing Potatoes from Ninja Baker
Potato Gnocchi with Wild Mushrooms from A Day in the Life on the Farm
Sweet Potato Spiced Swirl Bread from Baking in Pyjamas
Loaded Pierogi from Cooking With Carlee
Bloody Mary Potato Salad from Cindy's Recipes and Writings
Colcannon with Kale from Cherishing a Sweet Life
Jersey Royals with Mint from Food Lust People Love
Naked Ladies with their Legs Crossed from Passion Kneaded
Shredded Potato Crusted Chicken from The Freshman Cook

51 comments:

  1. I love pierogi and your recipe sounds perfect!

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    1. They are delicious. I had only had them a couple of times before I married into a Polish family, but now I really love them. The addition of bacon doesn't hurt!

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  2. Oh yumm... homemade pierogi's sound like a great kitchen project to tackle with stations and helpers, and your solo pierogi's look wonderful! :)

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    1. It was so much fun having everyone work on them. I actually enjoyed doing it by myself more than I thought I would, but it certainly lacked the efficiency and the entertainment the group provided!

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  3. I have a favorite restaurant that makes these, she's from Poland and they are so good. The trouble is, she's 2 hours away! I might actually give these a try. I love them!

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    1. They are actually kind of fun to make. Just be sure to block out plenty of time and get into it! The nice thing is you can make them ahead of time and freeze them after the boil, that way you can just pull out as many as you'd like when it is time to eat!

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  4. Helping myself to a few of these, Carlee! They look Ah-mazing! I think it's wonderful that you are a foodie family. Pierogi and homemade Polish sausage, doesn't get any better!! =) Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Christine, you are welcome to as many as you like! I have some in the freezer, so you come on by whenever you get a chance. I'm sure they would be worth the trip ;-)

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  5. You can't go wrong with pierogies! Yum!

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    1. We usually have them at Easter with the in-laws and they are always delicious. I thought a little bacon would take them to the next level! It was fun to do.

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  6. never tried this, but it sounds yummy!

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  7. Yum, love pierogi. Yours look delicious. Now I want some. Having the whole family together to make them sounds so fun.

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    1. It was a lot of fun and made making a ton of them so much easier. It was great to hear the stories too!

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  8. Your family pierogi party sounds like it was loads of fun, Carlee. Bravo to your courage for flying solo and producing gorgeous pierogi! P.s. This is one of my (younger) niece's faves. She lived in Hungary for 4 years...Guess this Auntie K will have to gather her courage and replicate Ms. Carlee's recipe for her =)

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    1. It really was fun to all be together working on them! The solo process was actually quite enjoyable too. They aren't hard to make, just time consuming! I hope you guys love them if you make them.

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  9. Carlee this is definitely on my list to try! Thanks for sharing this delicious recipe with us at #AnythingGoes

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  10. What a great idea to amp up the potato pierogi! We have pierogi every Christmas Eve (fruit, sauerkraut, cheese fillings), I'll have to give your filling a try. Your dough recipe is much easier than my Grandmother's recipe, too - but I wouldn't be able to stray. :)

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    1. I don't blame you, it's hard to stray from grandma's recipe! I have heard of fruit pierogi, but have never tried them. I will have to do that soon! I figured adding a little bacon never hurt anything ;-)

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  11. Oh my, looks fab and I bet tastes fab too. Cheers

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  12. Did someone say potato? I'm in. I've never made pierogies before.... Only buying the premade frozen ones. I'll need to bookmark this recipe! Sounds so yummy!!

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    1. I know, I love potatoes too! So many things you can do with them. It was fun to make pierogis from scratch. I hope you try it!

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  13. I can't remember if I've ever had pierogies. I'll have to try them some time. I'm a bit intimidated by the process but I think I'll start with a small batch. They look really good.

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    1. They were actually kind of fun to make once I decided to just go for it! I hope you get to try them sometime.

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  14. OMG your Loaded Pierogi recipe sounds wonderful! I have never tried to make them myself but I may now. So glad you shared with us at Merry Monday. Your recipe is on our party board now!

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    1. Thank you! I thought they would be hard, but they were actually fun to make. Just a bit time consuming! Thanks for hosting and sharing!

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    2. Thanks for sharing! Pinned to the Merry Monday board. I'm planning to try your recipe.

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  15. Good Heavens! My mouth is watering so much right now. I have to try these out. They sound so good.

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  16. Yummy! One of my favorite kind of food! Reminds me of my mom who used to make them often when I was a child.

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    1. What a lucky kid! These are definitely becoming one of my new favorite comfort foods!

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  17. Your Loaded Pierogi sound and look delicious. Thank you for sharing with the Clever Chicks Blog Hop! I hope you’ll join us again next week!

    Cheers,
    Kathy Shea Mormino
    The Chicken Chick
    http://www.The-Chicken-Chick.com

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    1. Thank you so much! They really were good. We ate the first half the day I made them, but we have emptied the freezer already now! Next time I need to make even more!

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  18. Great Choice!! Looks Yummy!! Thanks for linking up on My 2 Favorite Things on Thursday Link Party!! Hope to see you again tomorrow!! Love partying with you!! Pinned!

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  19. Looks so delicious! Thanks for sharing at Inspiration Thursday! See you tomorrow for another party!

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    1. They really were amazing. I was worried they wouldn't live up to the ones I made with "the pros," but they were pretty darn delicious if I do say so!

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  20. Good Afternoon Carlee, It is lovely to meet you. Do you know I have never eaten pierogi...but now with your recipe I can remedy that situation.
    Thank you for introducing me to a new recipe.
    Best Wishes
    Daphne
    Ivy, Phyllis and Me!
    ivyphyllisandme.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. I hadn't had very many pierogi before marrying into a Polish family! I do really enjoy them now. This was my first solo attempt and if I can do you it you can certainly do it!

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  21. I love pierogi, but have never made them at home, you've inspired me to give it a try! Thanks for sharing at What'd You Do This Weekend?!

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    1. It really isn't that bad. If you can get into the right frame of mind, it is actually quite fun! Thanks for hosting!

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  22. This perogi dish looks like it would definitely warm your belly. Delicious!

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    1. They are definitely one of my new favorite comfort foods!

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  23. Can't wait to try this! Thank you so much for linking up at Tasty Tuesday! This post has been pinned on the Tasty Tuesday Pinterest board! I love having you and can't wait to see you next week!

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    1. They are soooo good, a definite comfort food!

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  24. YUMMMM! I would eat this whole plate and some! :)

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

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  25. Hi Carlee,
    Wow these look and sound so good. :)
    Thanks for sharing the recipe at Cooking and Crafting with J & J.
    Enjoy the weekend.
    Julie

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    1. Thanks, Julie! My youngest sister really wants me to make them again. Maybe I'll have to have her come help!

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