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I have been a bit sporadic with my blogging lately, but I’m ready to get back into the swing of things. Maybe it’s the New Year, or maybe it’s my nesting instincts kicking in wanting to clear out my archives, but I’ve missed blogging regularly. Of course this is happening when a baby could be here any day – although I’m not technically due for 3 weeks – but hopefully I’ll be able to keep up once she is here.

After completing my goal for 2008, I started thinking about what I wanted my food goals to be for 2009. What I came up with doesn’t have a definite start or finish, but I’m really excited. For 2009, I want to try new things – new ingredients, new cuisines, new techniques. I tend to shy away from trying too many new things, but this will be my year to go out of my comfort zone. Like the dish above that I made. I had never had a pierogi, and I had never made my own pasta, so I hit two things in one on this one. And what did I learn? It’s actually a lot easier than I thought it would be!! And I actually really loved this dish. If your goal for this year is to lose weight, than this one probably won’t be on the approved list, but for a special splurge – it’s definitely worth it.

I also want to thank everyone for sticking with me this past month or two that I haven’t been around as much. I’m hoping to get back into the swing of things, and hopefully once the baby comes, she won’t change things too much. I have some ideas of changes that I want to make to my blog, but those won’t come until after the initial shock of having a new one around the house wears off.

Pierogi with Brown Butter
from Every Day with Rachael Ray December/January 2009

Makes about 3 dozen

1 pound baking potatoes, peeled and quartered
1 stick (4 ounces) plus 2 tablespoons butter
3/4 cup shredded white cheddar cheese
salt and pepper
2 3/4 cups flour, plus more for dusting
1 large egg
1 cup sour cream at room temperature
2 tablespoons chopped chives

In a small pot of boiling salted water, cook the potatoes until fork-tender, about 8 minutes. Drain and transfer to a medium bowl. Mash with 2 tablespoons butter; let cool. Stir in the cheddar cheese and season with salt and pepper.

In a large bowl, combine the flour, 1 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Make a well in the center of the flour, add the egg and sour cream and stir into the flour. Let the mixture rest for 10 minutes, then transfer to a work surface and knead until a smooth, stiff dough forms. Cut the dough into quarters, wrap each in plastic and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook the remaining 1 stick butter over medium heat until melted and brown, about 5 minutes. Stir in the chives.

On a floured work surface, working with one-quarter of the dough at a time, roll out each piece into an 11-inch circle. Using a 4-inch biscuit cutter, cut the dough into rounds. Place a tablespoon of potato filling slightly off center on each circle. Moisten the edge, fold the dough over the filling and press the edges firmly to seal.

In a large pot of boiling, salted water, cook the pierogi, about 9 at a time, for 5 to 7 minutes. Toss them in the brown butter before serving.

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32 Responses to Pierogi with Brown Butter

  1. Amanda at Little Foodies says:

    They look great. It’s always good to try new things and having a baby is certainly going to throw up plenty of lovely new things, both physical and emotional. Very exciting!! Rest up as much as you can over the next few weeks.

  2. kat says:

    Yum yum yum! This is going on next week’s menu! Good luck with the impending birth

  3. Ursula says:

    Trust me-make them how those of us who are Polish make them:

    -substitute the cheddar (blech!) for farmers cheese or simply have plain potatoes

    -instead of brown butter, saute onions in butter and have them that way or pan fried with sour cream.

    When you have fresh fruits (plums, strawberries, cherries, etc) make them with fresh fruit inside and have them with a sweet creme fraiche…

  4. kristina says:

    My step-brother’s fraternity house mother was famous for her pierogi, and he used to drive back to school (over 4 hours each way) even after graduation just to have some! K x

  5. ttfn300 says:

    hmm, sour cream in the dough? interesting… homemade is totally teh way to go!! i made them for christmas :)

  6. javagirlkt's cookin' says:

    wow, only three weeks away! :) what a good time to have a baby though, bring some joy and excitement to the usually dull winter months :)

    your blog is spectacular as usual, and new posts are always worth the wait!

  7. Erin says:

    These look delicious! I love pierogies but rarely eat them (I should change that!).

  8. Patsyk says:

    I love pierogies (sp?)! Yours look like the comfort food I consider them to be. I’ve never made them myself as I figured they would be too difficult. I may have to give them a try sometime. Add that to my list of new techniques for this year! :)

  9. Ingrid says:

    My daughter LOVES pierogis! I read through the recipe and it seems easy enough sorta. :-) I think the twins will like it as well. It being homemade and all. They usually shy away from anything out of a box or can which is why they normally won’t eat ‘em.

    Can’t wait to see how you balance everything once your baby arrives.
    ~ingrid

  10. Maryann says:

    You did a great job, Deb :)

  11. noble pig says:

    “and hopefully once the baby comes, she won’t change things too much”….ummm….errrr…SHE’S GOING TO CHANGE EVERYTHING! You will have to relearn to do what you love in other ways! And the pierogi…I grew up with them, I love them.

  12. Elle says:

    oooohhhh Yummy! Those look so good.
    Happy New Year Deborah!

  13. Manger La Ville says:

    These look amazing. I love a good perogi, but these look sophisticated.

  14. Grace says:

    i can’t recall ever trying pierogi, probably because i wasn’t sure what they were. now i know and now i want to try them immediately!
    hang in there with the waiting, deborah–i don’t envy you one bit, as i’m the least patient person alive. :)

  15. Chocolate Shavings says:

    That sounds like a great foodie resolution! I can’t wait to read about your culinary adventures.

  16. Patricia Scarpin says:

    I have never tried pierogi and these look so yummy, Deb! I love trying new things, too.

  17. MeetaK says:

    wishing you a delicious 2009 and may you have fun trying out all the new stuff! this for sure looks great! but then brown butter will go with almost anything!

  18. Maria says:

    I love pierogis, I always forget about them though. I will have to make them soon! Thanks!! Good luck with everything!

  19. Astra Libris says:

    Congratulations on your soon-to-arrive new arrival!! :-) I am SO impressed with your pierogi… What an auspicious and beautiful start to the new year!

  20. Donna-FFW says:

    I have been eyeballing this recipe. Thanks for the kick I needed to actually try it!! Love your site. New blogger .. thanks for inspiration.

  21. anudivya says:

    They are amazing. I have never made them before. This surely gets on my list of things to make.

  22. glamah16 says:

    3 weeks. Thtas amazing. Pierogis are the ultimate comfort food.

  23. Paula says:

    Oh yum, I haven’t had pierogi since leaving the midwest. They are scrumptious! I really like your filling with that white cheddar, and lordy do I love browned butter. Great recipe! Many happy wishes (and sleep wishes, too) to you for when your baby arrives. Everything will change … but every mom has to experience it for herself. Soooo many things will be different, plus you’ll have many new great things occupying your time. It’s exhausting and exhilarating at the same time. Go with the flow, and don’t sweat the small stuff. In fact, freeze a stash of these pierogi’s to feast on after the baby arrives. You’ll re-savor every bite!

  24. Joy the Baker says:

    Happy last few days of pregnancy!!!

  25. Madam Chow says:

    I love pierogi. Come to think of it, I just pretty much love dumplings!

  26. giz says:

    I’ve never had pierogi with brown butter – I’ve stayed stuck in the sour cream box but I have to admit, it does look good and the dough seems perfect texture.

  27. Kevin says:

    I like the sound of serving pierogies in browned butter.

  28. Sophie says:

    It’s funny that you mention wanting to try new things because I always discover new dishes when I come to your blog :P. I’ve become so sporadic with my blogging, oh how busy life can be! :D

  29. Anonymous says:

    in poland they do use farmers cheese instead of chedder. the ones with a sharper cheese are called the ruski(russian) type. and they do use brown butter but with bacon bits and fat on top yours look great and make me long for the cottage in tarnow where grandma taught me how to make mine.

  30. kellypea says:

    I’ve never made these either, but anything with brown butter has my complete and undivided attention! Congrats on completing your awesome goal for 2008. Quite the accomplishment! Now on to the next one, right? You’ll be able to keep up, Mom, but sans sleep! At least for a while. But it’s all so worth it!

  31. Anonymous says:

    Do you know if these freeze well? I doubt I could eat that many in one go.

  32. Deborah says:

    Anon – I’m not sure, but I’m guessing they would. Let me know if you try and it works!

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