My late mother-in-law Catherine was a legendary cook and baker. My husband always talks so fondly of how many bake sales she contributed to and how people would flock to parties she threw because they knew how incredible the food she served would be. This homemade pierogi recipe is her Polish pride right on the plate and she contributed it to a cookbook that raised money for my sister-in-law’s dance school. I made these for the first time with my sister-in-law one afternoon and we had such a blast doing it. I decided I wanted to make them again for my in-laws when we had them over for dinner last night and they came out just as amazing as I remembered!
In the meantime, I made the amazing and authentic dough. Any good homemade pierogi dough needs sour cream. That was the key here!
When the potatoes were done, I mashed them in a bowl and stirred in lots of cheese for the amazing filling.
When the dough was rested, I rolled it out thin and cut out circles as close together as I could.
I scooped two tablespoons of filling on one half of each circle. Then I brought the other half over to seal it together.
All of the formed pierogi were boiled in the same starchy, salty water that I boiled the potatoes in. It only took a minute. Then they were tossed with butter and onion in my cast iron skillet to make them golden. After that, the homemade pierogi were ready to serve! I also had boiled up a ring of kielbasa to go with them to have a truly perfect Polish feast.
It was really an honor to make this dinner of homemade pierogi and kielbasa for my in-laws and husband. The luscious lemon coconut bars I made for dessert ended the meal perfectly, another tribute to Catherine. Since I never had the pleasure of meeting my mother-in-law, learning her recipes is such an amazing way for me to feel like I know her and connect with her. Isn’t that such a beautiful thing food can do?