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I PROMISED A FRIEND I'D GIVE IT A TRY
& I ACTUALLY THOUGHT THEY WERE PRETTY GOOD

Yep, several weeks ago I promised my friend Christine xinexine72 I'd try my hand at a kind of Polish dumpling called a pierogi. Christine said her grandmother made the best in the world.

Since I finally had a free evening, I made my first batch tonight and this is what they looked like:

Ed's Louisiana Style Pierogis

LouisianaPierogies


They were stuffed with boiled potatoes, cheddar cheese, cream cheese, green onion and seasoned with salt and pepper.

I boiled them first, as is traditional I think, then browned them slightly in butter and onions. The dough was slightly chewy but not hard with a little crispness to them.

I wish I had some sour cream to lather on top and I saw somewhere that sour cream makes for a good dough too. Maybe next time.

I may also try them deep fried, maybe with a touch of garlic, maybe more sauteed onion in the potatoes, maybe some crumpled bacon - or is that a sacrilege?.

Anyone know their pierogies or have any tips? I'd appreciate it if you do.

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I'll be the ocean so deep and wide
I'll get out the tears whenever you cry,
I'll be the breeze after the storm is gone
To dry your eyes and love you warm.

That's how strong my love is, baby,
That's how strong my love is,
That's how strong my love is, darling,
That's how strong my love is


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theresaboo
Jan. 23rd, 2008 01:19 pm (UTC)
nummies
Love this. mom fixed em all the time. She fixed them like chicken Parm... lots of sauce... loads of cheese. You get the idea.
metaphorsbwithu
Jan. 23rd, 2008 04:20 pm (UTC)
Re: nummies
Do you mean stuffed with chicken with tomato sauce and parmesan on top? From what I've read you can stuff them with anything. I did like the slight chewiness to the dough. Next time I make them this way I'll add more cheese.
macabredelight
Jan. 23rd, 2008 01:37 pm (UTC)
oh those look soooo great ed. I love the chinese dumplings too.
metaphorsbwithu
Jan. 23rd, 2008 04:22 pm (UTC)
Thanks. I wish I had someone who knows how they're supposed to taste to let me know how they cn be improved but they were not that harrd to make and were pretty good. Next time I'll have more cheese and add sour cream to the dough and on top.
tniassaint
Jan. 23rd, 2008 02:49 pm (UTC)
Oh - one of those

Reminds me of a pig sticker - a Chinese thing

I like stuff like that.

One day I will tackle making dough and noodles etc
metaphorsbwithu
Jan. 23rd, 2008 04:24 pm (UTC)
Yes, I know pig stickers and stuffed won tons and such. I mentioned Crab Rangoon to Christine awhile back and she said she loved them. I may try these with lots of cheese one day and deep fry them as well. The dough wasn't difficult to make.
xinexine72
Jan. 23rd, 2008 11:10 pm (UTC)
They look fantastic, Ed! Wish I could taste-test them for you!

Re: the crab rangoon, you could basically deep fry a dish towel and I would love it!
metaphorsbwithu
Jan. 23rd, 2008 11:59 pm (UTC)
Oh great, a least they look close to the real thing!

I do plan to do them again from time to time with some of the "improvements" I mentioned above. The onion and butter was a nice touch. I may make a really Cajun version with andouille sausage, onion, and green pepper plus cheese.

I wish you could taste them too. ;-)
metaphorsbwithu
Jan. 24th, 2008 04:48 am (UTC)
Oh, and the "fried dish towel" thing ... you are too funny. *lol*

Deep-fat frying is the best though.
xinexine72
Jan. 24th, 2008 02:51 pm (UTC)
I think my grandma's would swim in butter, too. Which improves most foods!

I must admit I stole the "dish towel" comment from my friend/cousin Laura. We were chatting about fried foods and she just came out with it, and I've used it ever since. Glad you got a laugh out of it, though.
metaphorsbwithu
Jan. 24th, 2008 05:07 pm (UTC)
RE: I must admit I stole the "dish towel" comment from my friend/cousin Laura. We were chatting about fried foods and she just came out with it, and I've used it ever since.

Yeah, but it's the way you say it. ;-)

I may use it myself, except the New Orleans version would be, "You could basically deep-fry a dish rag ..."

I have a friend whose 2-year old once spilled a drink on the counter and said, "Get a dish rag!" and for some reason it made me crack up.

You have always been very honest and willing to give someone else credit, by the way, and that is a very endearing trait. I find that very rare in people these days and admire you for it.

xinexine72
Jan. 24th, 2008 06:17 pm (UTC)
You have always been very honest and willing to give someone else credit, by the way, and that is a very endearing trait. I find that very rare in people these days and admire you for it.


Thank you, that's very sweet of you. I do believe in credit where it is due. Thought I also have a feeling that a large part of me not stealing credit is that I don't want people thinking more of me than I think they should (that is to say, very little).
metaphorsbwithu
Jan. 24th, 2008 12:32 am (UTC)
Or was that pot stickers?
tniassaint
Jan. 24th, 2008 01:23 am (UTC)
pot sticker - pig sticker ah ya know- it's all good

I am not that fond of them. E LOVES them.
metaphorsbwithu
Jan. 24th, 2008 04:41 pm (UTC)
You should make some for E soon.
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