Rob and I were watching Corner Gas the other night, the episode where Lacey wins the perogy eating contest. Perogies are endemic to the prairie provinces, but scarce as hen's teeth in Australia. (and btw, the computer's dictionary wanted to replace "perogy" with petrology or peroxides. Dictionary just got SCHOOLED) The thought of Corner Gas and 'rogies got me a little homesick. And then I thought, "but I have an AWESOME recipe!" So Sunday afternoon, I made about five dozen and invited some folks from church over for supper. SOOOOO GOOD. After mentioning the episode on Facebook a few people asked for the recipe, so here it is!
2 egg yolks (save the whites for omlettes tomorrow)
3/4 cup each warmed water and milk
3 Tbsp melted butter
1 tsp salt
beat together. Add in:
4 1/2 cups flour
and knead into an elastic dough. Roll out a handful at a time to 1/2 cm thick. Use the biggest glass you own to make circles.
3 cups mashed potatoes (complete with butter and milk)
finely chopped cooked onion
as much cheese as is reasonable
Options include adding chives, bacon, or sauerkraut (blech. I am not a fan of kraut)
Put in about tsp-tbsp of filling in center, fold over and pinch the edge together (a little water will help seal the dough edges). Throw all those puppies into a big pot of boiling water, and let them go for about 5 minutes, or until they all float. Serve with caramelized onions, farmer's sausage, chives, bacon bits and sour cream or more butter. They freeze well.
They are NOT low fat or low calorie. But they are pure love in a dumpling, to quote a friend.
Homesickness treated. Prognosis: Excellent.
P.S. D'you ever notice how pretty much EVERY culture has some form of dumpling? Crazy. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dumpling