Daring Cooks August 2010 – Pierogi

The August 2010 Daring Cooks’ Challenge was hosted by LizG of Bits n’ Bites and Anula of Anula’s Kitchen. They chose to challenge Daring Cooks to make pierogi from scratch and an optional challenge to provide one filling that best represents their locale.

I used the challenge as an excuse to buy myself a new toy from Yuppie Chef, one I’ve been lusting after for awhile now.  A Joseph Joseph adjustable rolling pin, what an improvement from the old Spray and Cook can I’ve been using up until now!

Daring Cooks August 2010 - Pierogi

I opted for the Russian style pierogi dough as it seemed a little simpler and had a shorter list of ingredients. The dough was fairly easy to make and after a little kneading came together into a satisfying golden orb.

Daring Cooks August 2010 - Pierogi

I prepared two fillings, the first of which was the Russian style potato filling supplied with the challenge. I substituted the bacon with finely diced chorizo for a different flavour. For the second filling I sautéed onion, garlic, mushrooms and some thyme in a little butter until all liquid from the mushrooms had evaporated and the mixture was deliciously fragrant.

Daring Cooks August 2010 - Pierogi

Next came the rolling and filling stage, this is the part where my new toy really shined.  The final result was a small army of delicately scalloped dumplings patiently waiting to be cooked.

Daring Cooks August 2010 - Pierogi

The reward for my efforts? A plateful of boiled pierogi topped with a little sour cream and a dusting of smoked paprika.

Another fun challenge this month, now if only I could get into the habit of not waiting till the very last minute to perpare my entry.  All recipes for this month’s challenge can be found here.

4 responses to “Daring Cooks August 2010 – Pierogi

  1. Beautiful looking pierogies! I’m assuming you pleated them by hand – must’ve took ages. Looks like the result was well worth it though – the added chorizo sounds fantastic.

    PS: Love the photo of the uncooked dumplings – sp pretty!
    Marisa´s last blog post ..Uszka Polish Dumplings

    • Nicola (Wots For Lunch)

      Thanks Marisa, I used one of those pierogi/gyoza forms to seal them. Couldn’t get the pleating by hand right.

  2. THAT is spectacular – drool factor, photos and recipe!!! Well done, I am inspired to try!!!
    nina´s last blog post ..Thai Event – The Winners!!

  3. What a great looking pierogi! Glas you liked the challenge and the result 🙂
    Thank you for taking part this month!

    Cheers. Anula

    • Nicola (Wots For Lunch)

      My first time making pierogi, but I’ll definitely be making them again. Thanks for hosting this month’s event.

  4. there are few things that make me happier than cute little dumplings, and these look divine! time for me to join the daring cooks, methinks? well done you!
    polkadotcupcake´s last blog post ..Potato- Leek and Blue Cheese Soup

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