It’s hard to find a person in the post-soviet countries who has never heard of pierogi - famous Ukrainian dish. Cherry pierogi are literally legendary, but there are a lot more options of filling. For example, potato pierogi the recipe of which we have for you today. By the way, pierogi dough is also worth noticing because it’s choux dough. But before we start cooking, let’s talk on history.
Pierogi is traditional Ukrainian dish which is boiled and made of dough with different kinds of filling. For instance, fruit and berries fillings are popular, as well as those of cottage cheese, meat, mushrooms or veggies.
Pierogi dough is made of wheat flour, it may be lean, yeast or even made with kefir. Dough should be rolled out, but into round pieces and filled with stuffing. Then the edges are connected, the dish goes in the boiling water and cooked for two minutes. Pierogi should be served with sour cream or butter. Meat or potato pierogi are usually served with fried onion and vegetable oil, if you like.
By the way, it was Turkish who brought pierogi to the Ukrainian cuisine. Having once tried turkish ‘’dushvara’’, the compatriots of Gogol (who, by the way, described the dish in his famous book) decided to make something like that but improved the filling and simplified the recipe.
The lovers of traditional cuisine are sure that original pierogi should be sweet since exactly sweet ones are the essential element of Ukrainian cuisine. Famous Canadian hokey player of Ukrainian origin Wayne Grezki has even added the recipe of ‘’Grandma's pierogi’’ and in fact it was cherry pierogi. Anyway, that’s another story. One more interesting thing is, Bill Clinton, during his formal call to Ukraine, decided to add this dish to the list of must-have dishes.
The healthiness of pierogi is hard to be determined due to difference of fillings. For example, fruit filling contains a great number of vitamins, pectins and minerals. Meat filling is rich with protein, phosphorus, potassium and iron. But pierogi with potato has other vitamins like D, B2, B3, B6, P, PP. Potatoes are also used for the prevention of diseases such as diabetes.
Although are easily cooked, there are some facts you need to know. For the dough, you need to choose finely ground flour, which necessarily has to be sifted so that they get more tender and soft. Cook the dumplings in a large amount of salted boiling water and serve them immediately.
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Today our topic was potato pierogi recipe with photos. HozOboz hopes you enjoy both process of working with choux dough which, by the way, can be use in a plenty of different ways including other types of pierogi with various filling.