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My Mother's Cooking: Pierogi Filled With Cottage Cheese and Chives

Updated on January 14, 2017
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3.8 stars from 10 ratings of Pierogi Filled with Cottage Cheese

Pierogi With Cottage Cheese and Chives

Pierogi was one of the meatless meals that my mother made for Friday night suppers back when Catholics still abstained from eating meat on Fridays. Most other pierogi that I have read about or tasted are usually filled with mashed potatoes with cheese or onions. Other common fillings include sauerkraut, mushrooms, fried cabbage, meat or some type of fruit.

My mother never used any of those fillings. Instead, she used a mixture of dry cottage cheese and chives bound together with a beaten egg.

The key to this recipe is that you must use small curd, dry cottage cheese. If you use creamed cottage cheese, the pierogi will leak and fall apart. You could probably also use feta cheese, but I have never tried it. Fresh chives are also a must. We used to grow them in our garden so we had fresh chives all summer.

Once the pierogi were boiled and drained, my mother would fry them in butter until they were golden brown much like in the pictures that I have included. She usually added some chopped green onions to the pan if she had them to provide both color and flavor.

Difficulty: Moderate

Preparation Time: 60 Minutes

Cooking Time: 60 Minutes

Ingredients:

  • 4 Cups of Flour (approximately)
  • 1 Teaspoon Salt
  • 2 Eggs for the dough
  • 1 bunch of Fresh Chives chopped
  • 16 Oz. of Small Curd Dry Cottage Cheese
  • 1 Egg for the filling
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • 2-Oz. of Butter for frying the boiled pierogi
  • Chopped Scallions for frying (Optional)

Preparation:

  1. Place the flour in a large bowl and form a depression in the middle.
  2. Beat the eggs with the salt and pour them in the depression.
  3. Mix the contents to form a soft ball of dough. You can add a little water to make the dough slightly sticky like bread dough.
  4. Let the dough rest while you prepare the filling by mixing the cottage cheese, chopped chives and a beaten egg with salt and pepper.
  5. Roll out the dough to about 1/8 inch thick on a well floured table and cut approximately 4 inch circles using an empty 32-ounce can with the lid completely removed.
  6. Fill each circle of dough with an ice cream scoop full of filling and fold them over to form stuffed semi-circles.
  7. Be certain to seal the edges all of the way around using a fork to press down.
  8. If the dough is a little dry, you can brush a little water around the edges to help them seal.
  9. Drop each pierogi one at a time into gently boiling water, stirring occasionally with a slotted spoon to prevent them from sticking. Cook more than one batch if necessary.
  10. The pierogi are fully cooked after they float to the surface and remain there for about 5 minutes.
  11. Drain the pierogi and rinse them briefly with cold water to keep them from sticking together.

To finish cooking the pierogi: fry them in batches in butter in a large skillet turning them over with a slotted spoon so that they will brown on both sides. I like to add coarsely chopped scallions while frying the pierogi to add color and to give them a double dose of flavor. We normally ate them simply with a green vegetable or a salad on the side.

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      Kristen Howe 2 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      I love pierogies. I remember going to the local farmer's market, a decade ago, to buy our own, even had some filled with fruit for dessert. Voted up for useful!

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      Debbie 4 years ago

      My mom also made these for us as kids.. They were a staple during the depression...my grandparents were from Poland.. And my mother as born in hamtramick, mich

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      aa lite 5 years ago from London

      That's an interesting twist on pierogi, just cheese and chives. I have to say my favourite are the curd cheese and potatoes, which in Poland for some reasoned are called Russian Pierogi. My Grandmother used to make a sweet version which she would stuff with fresh blueberries or sour cherries and some sugar, they were amazing too.

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      Suzanne Sheffield 5 years ago from Mid-Atlantic

      Yum!

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      tapasrecipe 5 years ago from Spanish tapas land

      oh how i miss Pierogi used to eat them all the time when i lived in Toronto,

      "and now in my wallet, I have pictures where my money used to be" so funny but least you have a replacement in your wallet, i just have an empty wallet..

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      bizzymom 5 years ago from New York

      Thanks for this great recipe. I love pierogi and will definitely try making them.

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      rjsadowski 5 years ago

      I know that traditionally, Pierogi are made rather small but my mother made hers rather big because she didn't want to spend so much time filling each one. Actually, they taste bretty much the same either way. Thanks for all of your comments.

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      Marjatta 5 years ago

      Oh, when I was a newlywed, I remember sitting at my mother-in-law's kitchen table for hours, preparing the dough for the pierogi. We used the top of a glass to cut them into little round circles, and then she taught me how to crimp the ends so they wouldn't break. Great memories! Thank you so much, and for supplying such beautiful pictures too!

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      Derek James 5 years ago from South Wales

      These sound great, already I'm thinking of other fillings. Thanks for the recipe, voted up and useful.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 5 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      We usually have pancakes for breakfast Sundays. After your wonderful recipe I will do something different this week - Pierogi! After all why not?