"Use your noodle." Yup. I definitely had to do that this week when trying to find pasta dishes. I didn't want to do things that everyone has seen before. Pasta can actually be, albeit delicious, pretty predictable. So as I scanned through a list of pasta recipes at Allrecipes.com, I came across one for Polish pierogies, and immediately said yes! I omitted a couple things and added my own. The only thing that could make them better is bacon, of course! Bon appetit!
POTATO, CHEESE & ONION PIEROGIES WITH FRESH TOMATO & GARLIC SAUCE
2 cups cold mashed potatoes
3 tablespoons butter
1/2 cup chopped onion
¼ cup minced parsley
1 teaspoon salt
1-1 ½ cup shredded cheddar cheese
1 (8 ounce) container sour cream
3 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon baking powder
For Filling, saute onion until translucent. Mix mashed potatoes with butter, onion, salt and parsley. Set aside.
For dough, whisk together eggs and sour cream until smooth. Sift together the flour, salt, and baking powder; stir into the sour cream mixture until dough comes together. Knead the dough (about 6-8 times) on a lightly floured surface until firm and smooth. Divide the dough in half, then roll out one half to 1/8 inch thickness. Cut into 3 inch rounds you can use a biscuit cutter or drinking glass. If you can't roll out to 1/8, just do ¼ and after rounds are cut, you can stretch them out a bit.
Place a spoonful of the mashed potato filling into the center of each round. Top with a small amount of cheese. Moisten the edges with water, fold over, and press together with a fork to seal. Repeat procedure with the remaining dough.
Bring a pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pierogies and cook for 1-3 minutes or until pierogi float to the top. Remove with a slotted utensil to drain. After boiling all pierogies, heat about ¼ cup olive oil in a frying pan over medium-high heat and fry pierogies lightly and drain on paper towels.
Fresh Tomato & Garlic Sauce:
4-5 fresh roma tomatoes, diced
2 large cloves garlic, diced
2 tbsp tomato paste
½ tsp salt
Over medium high heat in a small pan, heat tomatoes and garlic. When tomatoes have cooked down, add paste and salt. Cook long enough to mix in tomato paste thoroughly.
"Food is never just food. It's also a way of getting at something else: who we are, who we have been, & who we want to be." -- Molly Wizenberg