Pierozki

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Pierozki
Piero˙zki are an old Polish favorite.They can be filled with potatoes, meat, mushrooms, or almost anything else a creative cook might want to try. Fill half of your piero˙zki with the sauerkraut mixture and half with the cheese filling for a tasty selection.

Ingredients

Sauerkraut Filling:

        4 oz. sauerkraut, drained

        2 tbsp. butter or margarine

        ½ onion, peeled and chopped

        ¼ tsp. paprika; ¼ tsp. salt

        ¼ tsp. pepper; ¼ tsp. marjoram.

Savory Cheese Filling:

        8 oz. (1 c.) cottage cheese

        2 tbsp. bread crumbs; 1 egg yolk

        ½ tsp. salt; ¼ tsp. pepper

        Pinch of garlic powder (optional).

Dough:

        2 c. all-purpose flour

        1 egg; 1/8tsp. salt

        ½ to ¾ c. water or skim milk extra flour for mixing

        1 tsp. salt.

Instructions

Sauerkraut Filling:

        Chop sauerkraut into very small pieces. Melt butter or margarine in skillet.

        Add sauerkraut and remaining ingredients and fry over low heat for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

        Fill and cook piero˙zki as directed.

Savory Cheese Filling:

        Put all ingredients in a medium bowl and mix well.

        Fill and cook piero˙zki as directed.

Dough:

        In a medium bowl, mix together flour, egg, and 1/8 tsp. salt. Mix in water or milk, a little at a time, until dough is stiff.

        Knead dough for 2 to 4 minutes on a floured surface. (You will probably have to add more flour.) Roll out dough to 1/8 -inch thickness with a rolling pin.

        With a drinking glass or cookie cutter, cut out rounds of dough 3 inches in diameter.

        Put 1 tbsp. of either filling on one half of a dough circle.

        Moisten edges of dough with a little water. Fold dough over filling and press edges together, first with your fingers, then with the tines of a fork. Repeat with remaining dough and filling.

        Fill a large kettle with water and 1 tsp. salt and bring to boil. Place piero˙ zki in boiling water a few at a time. (If you put too many in the kettle at once, they will stick together.) Boil for 3 to 5 minutes, or until piero˙ zki begin to float.

        Serve hot, with sour cream if desired.

Food: Pierozki

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