To continue my series saluting Mother’s, it is my pleasure to bring you the story and the recipe for these delicious pierogi from Darlene Foster. Darlene is a very talented storyteller and her work can be found at DarleneFoster.wordpress.com.
Mom’s Pierogi by Darlene Foster
One of my favorite memories about growing up on the farm is when Mom would make pierogi. It’s my ultimate comfort food. After mom passed away last year, I was determined to make them in her memory. Mine are never quite as good as hers were, though. As you mentioned, mothers seem to have a secret ingredient. I think that the ingredient must be love.
Pierogi are from Eastern Europe and are called by a number of different names. In Russia and Ukraine, they are called varenyky and in our German Canadian home we called them case knoephla, but they are mostly known by their Polish name of pierogi. Here is mom’s recipe. I’m so glad I got it from her. Whenever I start to miss her, I make a batch.
2 cups warm water
½ cup cooking oil
2 tsp salt
6 tbsp sour cream
6 cups flour
In a large bowl combine water, oil & salt
Beat with a wire whisk
Gradually beat in flour & sour cream
Work until a nice soft dough
Let rest while making the filling
3 cups cottage cheese ( dry is best, or drain the whey)
chopped green onion
Roll out dough until quite thin
Cut into 2” squares or circles
Put 1 tbsp of filling in each centre
Fold over and pinch tightly shut
Place in boiling water. Boil for 3 minutes or until they float on top.
Serve with buttered breadcrumbs, sour cream, fried onions or sauerkraut.
Can be frozen
Note: Mom would serve them after boiling them the first night and then fry the leftovers in butter the following night. I loved the pan-fried perogies best so I always fry mine after boiling and draining them on a paper towel.
They can be filled with other things like mashed potatoes, grated cheddar cheese or sauerkraut but we preferred them with cottage cheese growing up.
It has been my pleasure to bring this post to you. I’m thinking that perhaps we should all make pierogi to honor the brave women of the Ukraine and open hearted women in Poland who are coming to their aid.