Hey everyone. I am a new wife and left home with very few things that I knew how to cook myself. I tend to follow recipes to a T so cooking doesn't scare me, I just tend to go slowly to make sure I've done everything correctly. So I am wondering if anyone has some favorite, fairly simple family recipes they would like to share! I love cooking pasta dishes as well as chicken, fish, anything Italian (will be making gnocchi from scratch this weekend.), and love working with fresh veggies. Thank you to anyone who is willing to share!! In return, I will share a very simple pierogie recipe I have from my Ukrainian great grandmother:
Yeild: About 200 pierogies, give or take.
5lb sack of potatos
3 to 3 1/2 blocks of cream cheese (I think the usual 8oz packages)
Salt and pepper to taste
Cook and mash potatos and throw in softened cream cheese while potatos are still hot.
10-11 cups of flour
A couple tbsp of oil
Roll out a section of dough until fairly thin and cut out circles (I just use a coffee cup). Roll out each circle and put a dollop of filling (I use a melon scooper) in the center. Fold the dough over into the classic half-moon shape and seal with fork around the edges so it looks like a pie crust almost (I dip the fork in a little cup of water to help "glue" the seal). Lay on floured wax paper to dry (turn them over a couple times an hour). When dry, boil about 8 at a time in large pot for about 5 minutes.
I usually put about 50 of them in a large bowl mixed with butter and stick them in the fridge and everyone snacks on them or uses them for a side at dinner for about a week. The extra I brush with butter after they've cooled off from boiling and freeze them. They will most likely stick a bit so when I'm going to reheat them I let the whole container sit out for about 15 minutes and they can peel apart alright, some of them break but oh well.
To reheat after freezing, you can re-boil them (but only for about 3 minutes!!!) or fry them up. I serve them with buttered/sauteed onions and a little sour cream. Yum!
The picture is not mine, just wanted to show what they generally look like: