Sunday, 29 March 2015

La Kitchenette Souris : Home-made Cottage Cheese Perogies

This is an all-time favorite food of mine. 

I grew up eating perogies, and cottage cheese perogies only, thank you very much.
[I am a proper Mennonite in those regards!]

Cottage Cheese Perogies are expected to be served with Farmers Sausage (which I was very happily able to get from a farm & not the store, so it was amazing!) & cream gravy.
I did not have any cream around, so it was served with butter, salt & pepper which tastes lovely too. 

I will try to give you step by step details on how to make these perogies, but I am still mastering it & figuring out what a person could do to make it easier, so some details might not be as clear as I would like.

However, this will be a great start! If you've never made perogies before, I am quite confident you will be able to do so following this recipe! 

Perogie Dough

3 cups warm water
3/4 cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
7-8 cups flour 
(just enough to make the dough soft, but still quite sticky as you do need to be able to get the edges to meld back together & not come apart!)

Mix ingredients well. 
Takes about 5 minutes of good hand mixing or more.
I suggest hand mixing as it is very sticky.
But just keep kneading!
Eventually it does get to where you can roll it out, but it will remain sticky enough to seal the edges after putting in filling. 

Roll it out to be able a half inch thick, cut using something like a peanut butter jar lid (about a 2 inch circle, more or less), put in about 1 teaspoon of filling, & then spread out on baking sheets. 

Then you put the baking sheets & perogies into the freezer so they harden well, before dividing into sealed bags. 

Cottage Cheese Perogie Filling 

3 pounds DRY cottage cheese
3 egg yolks
Salt & Pepper to taste 
(probably about a teaspoon in this size of a recipe)
A couple Tablespoons milk or cream, if it is too dry & needs to stick together a bit better

Mix well. 

If you have any questions, just leave a comment & I will respond in a comment to you!

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