I had never heard of pierogi before I met Paul. In fact I’m not exactly sure when I first learned of them, but I do remember the first time I had pierogi it was the frozen kind that Paul and bought for a quick and easy dinner. I remember not really enjoying them very much.
The second time I had pierogi was at a small, local Polish restaurant in Norcross, GA. And those pierogi were delicious! In fact, I would meet Paul there for lunch every other week or so.
So, with my interest piqued I did a little bit of research on the pierogi. Turns out that pieogi is a popular Polish dish that I found to be very similar to my beloved Chinese jiaozi (dumplings). They are usually filled with a mixture of potatoes, cheese and onions with some dessert varieties filled with fruit.
I have only made dumplings once before. And only under my dad’s careful supervision. Because where I can design and create pretty things with my camera and my computer mouse, I am absolutely horrible at making pretty things with my hands.
I am getting better though. I really, really love chopping vegetables and love that I’m getting faster at it.
So you may be wondering:
“Melissa, if you’re so bad at making things with your hands… how in the world did you manage to graduate from design school?”
Industrial design at that, where we were always making models out of plastic, wood, clay, fabric, metal, etc.
Here’s a dirty little trick that most girls quickly learn when they start college at Georgia Tech. Smile and be nice to (almost) any guy and you can get exactly what you want.
So yeah, I got a lot of help with making my models in the wood shop.
Don’t get too mad at me just yet. I made it up by teaching myself web and graphic design. And I gladly repaid the favors that I received in the wood shop by helping others with creating websites.
It was a win-win if you ask me.
And if I may say so myself, I think these pierogi turned out quite nicely.
Have you ever made pierogi from scratch? Or anything similar: dumplings, jiaozi, gyoza, etc?
|Lemon Blueberry Pierogi with Spiced Sour Cream||
- 2 cups flour, plus extra for kneading and rolling dough
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 large egg
- 1 cup sour cream
- 1/4 cup butter, softened and cut into small pieces
- 1 pint blueberries
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 tablespoon lemon zest
- olive oil (optional)
- 1 teaspoon powdered sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- To prepare the dough, mix together the flour, salt and egg.
- Add 1/2 cup sour cream and the softened butter and work until the dough is well mixed. I used a stand mixer a dough hook for this part.
- Wrap the dough in plastic and refrigerate for at least 20 minutes up to overnight.
- Roll the pierogi dough out until about 1/8″ thick.
- Cut circles of dough 3″ in diameter.
- Crush half of the blueberries with your hands, then mix with rest of blueberries, sugar and lemon zest.
- Place a small spoon of filling onto each dough round and fold the dough over, forming a semi-circle, then press the edges together.
- Boil the perogies a few at a time in a large pot of water. They are done when they float to the top (about 4-5 minutes).
- Rinse in cool water and let dry.
- Optional: Heat the olive oil in a pan and place the pierogi in and pan fry each side for about 2 minutes until the sides are slightly golden brown.
- For the spiced sour cream, mix 1/2 cup sour cream, powdered sugar, nutmeg and cinnamom.
- Serve the pierogi topped with the leftover blueberry filling and spiced sour cream, enjoy!