Potato Pierogies with Cheddar and Leeks
- Prep Time 0:35
- Cook Time 0:20
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I have long been a fan of using potsticker wrappers for non-potsticker purposes, and so when a pierogi craving struck, I saw no reason not to cut the amount of work in half (read: no making dumpling dough from scratch) and look to my trusty, inexpensive noodle friend. When I discovered thicker, doughier potsticker wrappers, as opposed to thin gyoza or wonton skins, I knew I was headed in the right direction.
Serve these with sour cream, apple sauce or my favorite, plum preserves (courtesy of my friend Sean Timberlake of Punk Domestics).
- 2 large potatoes, peeled and chopped $1
- 6 tbsp unsalted butter, divided $1
- 2 leeks, green ends removed, chopped $1
- 1/2 cup shredded sharp cheddar (white or yellow) cheese $3.50 for 12 oz.
- salt and freshly ground black pepper Pantry
- About 25 thick, round potsticker wrappers (not thin wonton wrappers) $1.50 for 30
Total Cost of Ingredients $8
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the potatoes and cook for 12-14 minutes, or until soft.
While potatoes, boil, heat 2 tbsp butter in a large frying pan over medium heat. Add the chopped leeks and cook for 10-12 minutes, stirring occasionally, allowing to caramelize. Remove from heat.
Rinse the potatoes under cool water, drain and transfer to a mixing bowl. Mash, using a potato masher or the back of a fork. Mix in the cooked leeks, shredded cheese, 4 tbsp butter and salt and pepper to taste. Stir well and let cool for 10-15 minutes.
To shape the pierogies, place a round potsticker wrapper on a clean, flat surface. Use your finger or a pastry brush to gently wet the edges of the wrapper with water.
Place about 1 1/2-2 tbsp filling on one half of the wrapper and fold over to create a half-moon. Press the wet edges together to seal. Repeat with remaining wrappers and filling (if you have leftover filling, just eat it—it’s delicious).
Bring a large pot of water to a boil (feel free to use the same one you cooked the potatoes in) and cook the pierogies, working in batches, for 4-5 minutes. Drain.
Heat the remaining 2 tbsp butter in a large frying pan over medium-high heat. Add the boiled pierogies, working in batches and adding more butter if necessary, and cook until lightly browned on both sides.
Makes 25 pierogies.