Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Pierogi Extravaganza 2009

This post is a bit late, as the event occurred a month ago, but I figure since we'll be eating what we made for Christmas, it's almost appropriate to post it now, too ;) The saturday after thanksgiving, aunts, cousins, grandma, and nephew came over to do some serious pierogi making. We're talking 3 batches of dough with 4 different fillings. My uncle is an amazing photographer (check out his site, gorgeous shots like this make a great gift!!) and documented the process. I'll point you to last years' post for the recipe. Enjoy the "show"!

Making the dough


Rolling out and cutting


little helper!


Potato & Onion (my favorite)


forming the pierogi


Crimping!
(much better with these than my hair ;))


Sauerkraut filling
(sauerkraut, drained and cooked with onions and butter, seasoned w/salt and pepper)


the sauerkraut ones get forked


lined up and ready for action!


Cooked, ready for cooling and freezing.


I should note, that they can be frozen without cooking, you just don't want to defrost them before cooking them (i.e. add them still frozen to boiling, salted water). With the amount of people we had in the kitchen, it wasn't too much work to cook them a few minutes, cooled, and then frozen. This makes it a little easier on the eating end :)

Hope everyone has a wonderful holiday season!! I'm (hopefully) on a bus home right now, looking forward to spending some time with the family!

34 comments:

Kerstin said...

This sounds like such a fun holiday tradition! Your uncle did capture some great shots! I hope your bus ride goes smoothly. Merry Christmas!!

VeggieGirl said...

LOOOOOVE pierogis!! Nice work :)

Happy holidays to you!!

Erica said...

Thats so fun that ya'll made pierogis! I hope you enjoy eating every last one. This post reminded how delicious they are and I added the pre-made ones to my food list for next week :)

lauren said...

yum! the pierogis look perfect.

Alisa - Frugal Foodie said...

That is a recipe I need to try! I didn't grow up with pierogis, but have been intrigued by them lately.

Lauren said...

I've been wanting to make homemade pierogi for John, and this tutorial is great! Your uncle's photos are amazing, by the way.

katie said...

Oh man those look good.

Happy Tuesday,

Katie

http://katiechangesforkatie.blogspot.com/2009/12/win-some-booty-slim-secrets-winners.html

Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) said...

my childhood memories are of my grandma making hundres of pierogi's. thx for the flashback. yours look great!

Lisa said...

oh my - they look AMAZING! Very talented indeed :)

Elina said...

I love pierogis! Potato + mushroom is usually my favorite filling :)

5 Star Foodie said...

How fun! I love pierogi, gotta make some over the winter break! Happy holidays!

Kelly said...

What a fun thing to do! I love hearing about other people's family traditions. I have never had a pierogi but this is making me want some now! Are they similar to ravioli?

Emily said...

Those look amazing! I really want to try and make some, now. Maybe I can get my family to get in on the action. I think homemade would taste so much better than storebought, too. :-)

glidingcalm said...

those are so precious!!!

chrystad72 said...

This is an awesome post! I absolutely love pierogies. They are so delicious. Thanks so much for the pics. Enjoy your night!

Adam said...

Pierogi are Christmas. That's pretty much all I have to say on that :)

Joanne said...

I love pierogi! I actually love most anything with a filling. Ravioli, dumplings, burritos lol. Do you think you could make winter squash-stuffed pierogi! Hmmmm....

Diana said...

Pierogis are SO delicious! Definitely one of those foods I always wish I ate more often, though I'm rarely at a restaurant that serves them, of course. And then I never want to get the store-bought kind in a frozen box. I guess that means I'm supposed to make em myself, eh?

moretolifethanlettuce said...

wow pierogis! i've never had one but i know i'd love em because i like all the components :). love the step by step pictures! Merry Christmas!

Kelly said...

Yum. I adore pierogis. I made some for a super bowl party a few years ago and they are such a hit.

Lauren said...

Oh wow! These look delicious =D. I love traditions like this one - Happy Holidays!

Joanne said...

Just wanted to drop by once more to say Merry Christmas!

Cate O'Malley said...

On my list of things to do for the new year is to make homemade pierogis - you make it look so easy!

burpandslurp said...

Oohhhh....OMG they look SO good! I've never had pierogis before, but they look like Chinese dumplings! Sweet!

Merry Christmas!!!!

Hannah said...

Oh, yum! I've actually never made my own pierogis, but I love them so much, it's definitely about time I tried to. Thanks for the inspiration.

Happy holidays!

Christina said...

I wish I had some of these for breakfast today!

Megan said...

Potato and onion are my favorite too! My aunt makes them every Christmas, so I just had some! She also makes ones with sauerkraut and bacon. She taught me how to make pierogi a few years ago so I've made a couple of batches on my own. After surveying my empty freezer, I'm realizing I need to make more! Hope you had a wonderful holiday!

Maria said...

I have never made pierogi's. They look very tasty!

RhodeyGirl said...

wowowowowow! awesome!

Elra said...

Yummy!!!!!!!
I have a plan to make this pierogi.

biz319 said...

I would be all over the sauerkraut ones (without onion of course!).

I hope you had a wonderful holiday Shannon! Have a nice time with your family :D

brandi said...

Happy Holidays!!!

The pierogis look delicious :)

Sagan said...

That looks like so much fun! I have yet to make pierogies but it is TOTALLY happening this year :D

Jordan said...

I just found your bloggie searching for pierogi recipes! I'm Polish! haha. I like your blog - check out mine?

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