Comfort food from Food Network chef Nadia G.
2 russet potatoes, cubed
2 garlic cloves
1 tsp unsalted butter
1/4 cup heavy cream
2 green onions, thinly sliced
1/4 cup grated aged cheddar
2 tsp red wine vinegar
1/2 tsp sea salt
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup whole milk
1/2 cup sour cream
6 sweet gherkins, minced
Canola oil, for deep-frying onions
1 small yellow onion, sliced 1/4" thick
Medium mixing bowl
Large mixing bowl
4" round cookie cutter
Large cookie sheet
Medium frying pan
Step 1: Cook the potatoes and garlic in a large pot of boiling salted water until they're fork tender, about 15 minutes. Strain.
Step 2: In a medium sized bowl, mash together the potatoes and garlic, butter, heavy cream, green onions, cheddar cheese, red wine vinegar, 1/4 tsp of sea salt, and freshly ground pepper to taste. Cover and set aside.
Step 1: Add the flour to a large mixing bowl and make a well in the centre. Into the well add the egg, milk, and 1/4 tsp of sea salt. Using your hands, mix in the flour until all the liquid is absorbed and the dough sticks together. Shape the dough into a ball, wrap it in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for 20 minutes.
Step 2: Once the dough has chilled, dust a clean surface with flour, and roll it out 1/8" thick. Using the cookie cutter, cut out 12 circles.
Step 1: On one half of each dough circle place 1 tbsp of the potato mixture. Fold the other half of the circle over the potato mixture, and use a fork to press and seal the edges together.
Step 2: Lay out the pierogies on a large cookie sheet, and cover with a dish towel.
Step 3: In a medium pot, bring water to a boil, and drop in the pierogies 4 at a time. Boil uncovered for about 10 minutes, until they float to the surface. Strain.
Step 1: Mix the sour cream with the minced sweet gherkins and set aside.
Step 2: Heat the canola oil in a medium sized pan over medium high heat. Add the yellow onion slices, and fry until they're dark and crisp, 3-5 minutes. Drain. Discard all but 2 tbsp of the oil, and pan sear the pierogies in it for about 45 seconds per side, until they're lightly browned.
Step 3: Top the pierogies with the fried onion slivers and serve with the sweet gherkin sour cream.
Makes 12 pierogies
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Reprinted with permission from Nadia G's Bitchin' Kitchen: Cookin' For Trouble (2011 Ballantine Books).