These potato pierogies are an exciting dish to make with a partner, kiddo, or your quaranteam. The filling incorporates gorgonzola cheese, giving it the perfect level of saltiness. The onion, garlic, and peppers boost the filling to add a bit more color and flavor to each bite. Make one batch and you'll have decadent pierogies for days!
What you'll need for Pierogies with Gorgonzola & Bell Pepper:
4 cups all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon salt
1 cup water
2 local eggs
4-5 russet potatoes or 6-8 small local potatoes, boiled
4 T. Westby butter
1 yellow onion, diced
1 red pepper, diced
1 poblano pepper (or other green pepper), diced
1 block gorgonzola cheese (you could also substitute ricotta, local goat cheese, or farmer cheese)
1/3 cup milk
1 T. ground pepper
1 tsp salt, or salt to taste
3 fresh sage leaves, finely chopped
(optional seasonings) thyme, rosemary, or paprika
1) Boil russet potatoes whole until they become softened. Once cooled, peel skin and mash or rice potatoes in a bowl.
2) In the meantime, add dry ingredients to large bowl.
3) Whisk eggs and water together and slowly add to dry mixture. Stir until it forms a craggy dough and dump onto a lightly floured surface and knead until all flour is fully incorporated and dough becomes tacky.
4) Cover with plastic wrap and let dough rest for 15-20 minutes.
5) Dice onions, peppers, and mince garlic. Cook them all in butter until softened. Add buttery mixture to mashed potatoes.
6) Crumble gorgonzola into potatoes and add salt, pepper, and sage. Taste filling and add spices and salt accordingly. Cover potato filling and place it into the fridge while you roll out the dough.
7) Very lightly flour your countertop and roll out dough to be 1/8 inch thick. Using a cookie cutter, cup, or ring from a small mason jar, cut out as many circles as you can with the dough. You can roll out the leftover scraps again but thedough will be a lot tougher and less tender than the first batch.
8) Take one circle of dough and stretch it to make it slightly larger. Place a small spoonful of filling into center. Be careful not to get filling on the edges, so that it will seal up nicely. Fold the edges of the dough over the filling and pinch the edges together. If you happen to get filling on the edges, just a dash of flour on your fingers will help you meld the two edges together more easily.
9) Bring a large pot of water to boil. Drop in the finished pierogies 10 at a time and let them boil for 3 minutes. You'll notice that they'll start to float to the top when they are almost done. Place the boiled pierogies on cooling rack drain off excess water.
10) Heat up a skillet with melted butter and place the boiled pierogies into skillet and brown them on both sides until crispy. If you aren't going to eat all the pierogies at once, just boil the piergoies and stick the leftovers tupperware for another day and brown them when you're ready to eat.
11) Serve with chopped parsley, sour cream, or green onions. Enjoy!