Mid-morning Snack of Pierogi – Ren Behan
My friend Ren Behan proudly published her first cookbook at the beginning of September this year. I reviewed her book ‘Wild Honey and Rye’ on my blog on publication day and you can read that review by clicking here.
One morning I popped over for a coffee, chat and to get Ren to sign my copy of her beautiful new book. Ren decided to make us a mid-morning snack of pierogi, little potato mixture filled dumplings (they can also have fruit fillings) using the recipe you can find in her book.
Flour and egg being mixed together for the pastry,
There is nothing quite like getting your hands in the mixture for the dough.
The mixture Ren was using was a mash potato base.
While the dough rested in the fridge we had a snack break of Ren’s homemade bigos, a Polish hunters’ stew based on sauerkraut and Polish sausage. This is one of my favourite winter meals that I have made over the years using my own version of this traditional recipe.
It is a time consuming labour of love rolling the little circles of pastry and filling each one.
Keeping the dough covered with a damp cloth to prevent it drying out Ren soldiered on with the little pastry parcels.
Little half moons bulging with a delicious potato mixture ready to be boiled in lightly boiling water.
Gentle frying the parboiled crescents in butter and topping with fried and caramelised onions for serving.
I want to thank Ren for a lovely morning spent cooking, eating and catching up. Hope we do it again soon.
If you want to try these and all the other traditional and modern Polish recipes you will find it available online.
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