About this recipe:My gran gave me this rustic recipe for pierogi, or Polish stuffed dumplings. A friend from Poland told me they were better than his mother's! Serve as a main or a starter.
12 potatoes, peeled and quartered
3 tablespoons cream cheese, divided
3 teaspoons milk, divided
250g plain flour, divided
500g cottage cheese, drained
salt to taste
2 tablespoons butter
1 litre oil for frying
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Method Prep:1hr › Cook:30min › Ready in:1hr30min
Bring a large pot of salted water to the boil. Add potatoes and cook until tender but still firm, about 15 minutes. Drain and cool.
Meanwhile, prepare dough by combining 1 egg, 1 tablespoon cream cheese, 1 teaspoon milk and 1/4 of the flour. Once all the flour has been worked in, add another fourth of the flour, 1 tablespoon cream cheese and 1 teaspoon milk. When the dough is well blended, add 1 egg, 1 tablespoon cream cheese and another fourth of the flour; mix well. Finally, add the remaining egg, 1 teaspoon milk and remaining flour. If dough is too dry, add a little more milk; if too wet, add more flour.
On a well floured surface, roll out 1/4 of the dough to 6mm thickness. Using a glass, pastry cutter or any rounded surface, cut out circles of dough. Flour both sides of the circle and set aside in a single layer on greaseproof paper. Repeat process with remaining dough.
Mash the potatoes with the cottage cheese, salt and butter. Place a spoonful of the filling slightly below the centre of a circle of dough. Fold the dough over and seal edges with fingertips. Use enough filling so that you have to stretch the dough over it, but not so much that it squeezes out when sealed.
Bring a large pot of salted water to the boil. Drop in pierogis, a few at a time. Cook for 1 to 2 minutes, or until they float to the top; drain.
Heat oil in a large frying pan over medium-high heat. Fry boiled pierogis in hot oil until crispy.