Pierogi

Cheddar Potato Pierogi

Dough (makes roughly 8 dozen):
6 cups of flour
1.5 cups boiling water
.5 cup cold water
1 teaspoon oil

1. Sift the flour into a bowl.
2. Pour in the boiling water and stir with a fork. Cover with a towel for 5 minutes.
3. Pour in the cold water and stir with a fork. Cover with a towel for 15 minutes.
4. Add in the oil and knead for 5-10 minutes.
5. Cut the dough into 8 pieces and run through the pasta roller as follows. (Or roll by hand to desired thickness)
Twice on setting 1
Once on setting 2
Once on setting 3

Filling:
3.5 pounds of potatoes
1/2 large onion
8 ounces shredded cheddar

1. Boil the potatoes until fork tender.
2. Dice the onion and sweat them in a bit of butter.
3. Mash the potatoes with the onions and cheese. Salt and pepper to taste.

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Assembly:
1. Cut the rolls of dough with a 3″ biscuit cutter. Save the leftovers and roll them out for more pierogi pieces.
2. Fill the dough, fold over, wet the bottom edge of the dough slightly and pinch with your fingers. Finish the seal with a fork.

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To cook:
1. Boil in salted water until they float, plus a few extra minutes until soft.
2. Finish in skillet to lightly brown/crisp both sides, sauted with butter and onion.

To freeze:
1. Boil in salted water until just floating.
2. Pull immediately and set into cold/ice water.
3. Leave to cool on lined tray.
4. Freeze on tray for an hour or two, then bag and store.
5. Frozen pierogi should be boiled until soft and then finished in a skillet. Dough is quite sturdy.

Steak and Ale Pie

Abby’s (British) boss was boasting about her husband’s steak and ale pie a few weeks ago, and being that we love meat and beer, we knew it was going to have to be on the menu at some point.

(sidenote: it’s really hard to write in the third person and seeing as I’ve already messed up in sentence one, let’s just go ahead and accept that Abby is writing these. Thanks.)

So, we met my mother for a quick lunch in the strip district on Friday, and were still hemming and hawing about what to make for dinner given that our fridge was essentially missing any sort of protein. I remembered the pie, chastised AJ for not remembering it earlier, and we headed to Wholey’s. I felt like a recipe was necessary since I tend to prefer some guidance for my first time cooking a dish, so I googled “steak and ale pie” and picked on the first link that seemed reasonable.

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