NATIONAL PIEROGI DAY

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

National Pierogi Day is observed annually on October 8. This is a day to enjoy this delicious side dish. Pierogi is the plural form of the rarely used Polish word pierog, so reintroduce yourself with the delectable taste of Poland with the Philly Cheesesteak Pierogi recipe listed below.

 

Pierogi are often served with melted butter, sour cream, fried bacon crumbles, sauteed mushrooms, and onions and/or green onion. The dessert variety, those filled with a fruit filling, can be enjoyed topped with applesauce, maple syrup, chocolate sauce and/or whipped cream.

Five Food Finds about Pierogi:

• The word Pierogi can be found spelled several ways including perogi and pierogy.

• However you choose to spell it, pierogi are dumplings made up of unleavened dough that is first boiled then sometimes baked or fried in butter.

• Usually semicircular in shape, they are traditionally stuffed with a mashed potato filling, potato, and cheese, potato and onion, cheese, cabbage, sauerkraut, ground meat, mushroom, spinach or fruit.

• Pierogi are often served with melted butter, sour cream, fried bacon crumbles, sauteed mushrooms, and onions and/or green onion.

• The dessert variety, those filled with a fruit filling, can be enjoyed topped with applesauce, maple syrup, chocolate sauce and/or whipped cream.

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Philly Cheesesteak Pierogi Recipe

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YIELD:  Makes 30 pierogi
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INGREDIENTS

2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour, plus extra for dusting
1 teaspoon kosher salt, plus more as needed
1 large egg, beaten
1 cup sour cream, plus more for serving
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened, divided
1 large yellow onion, thinly sliced
3 tablespoons canola or vegetable oil, divided, plus more as needed
10 ounces thinly sliced steak, such as ribeye or top round 
Freshly ground black pepper
1 1/2 cups shredded provolone cheese
1 cup shredded low-moisture mozzarella cheese
Chopped flat-leaf parsley, to garnish

DIRECTIONS

1. In a large bowl, whisk together flour and 1 teaspoon salt. Add egg, 1 cup sour cream, and 4 tablespoons softened butter. Stir until well combined and the dough pulls away from the bowl. If dough is too dry, add one tablespoon of water at a time until it comes together. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes or up to 48 hours.

2. Meanwhile, heat 1 tablespoon oil in a medium skillet over medium heat until shimmering. Add sliced onion and season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring frequently, until golden, about 30 minutes. Roughly chop half the onion and transfer to a large bowl; set the other half of onions aside.

3. Add 1 tablespoon oil to the skillet and increase heat to high. Season steak with salt and pepper and, working in batches, saute, stirring, until just cooked though, about 1 minute per batch; add more oil to pan if needed. Remove from heat and roughly chop. Add chopped steak to the chopped onions and toss in both shredded cheeses. Mix to evenly distribute and set aside to cool.

4. Remove the dough from the refrigerator and turn out onto a lightly floured work surface. Roll the dough out to a sheet about 1/16 inch thick. Using a 3-inch circular cookie cutter or the top of a glass, cut the dough into circles. Roll the excess dough into a new dough ball and wrap with plastic wrap; let rest for 5 minutes, then roll out and repeat. Discard any remaining dough scraps.

5. Place two teaspoons of filling in the center of each dough round. Working one at a time, use a wet finger to moisten the edge of each round with water, then fold into a semi-circle around the filling. Gently pinch edge together to seal, then press with tines of fork to make pleated edge. At this point, the pierogi can be frozen and saved for later use, if desired (to freeze, arrange pierogi on parchment-lined baking sheets and freeze, then transfer to zipper-lock bags and return to freezer until ready to use).

6. Bring a large pot of salted water to a gentle boil and add fresh or frozen pierogi in small batches. Boil until they float to the top and are cooked through, about 3 minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon and let drain in a colander. Repeat until all of the pierogi have been boiled.

7. Heat the remaining 1 tablespoon oil and 2 tablespoons butter to a nonstick skillet over medium heat until butter is melted. Working in batches, saute pierogi until crisp and browned on each side, about 6 minutes per batch. In the last few minutes of cooking the last batch, add the reserved onions to the pan to heat through.

8. Transfer pierogi to a plate, top with the warmed onions and garnish with parsley. Serve with sour cream.

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