Homemade Pierogi Filling Recipe
Preparation Time: 30 minutes | Cooking Time: 20 minutes | Chilling Time: Overnight
- 5 pounds of peeled potatoes
- 1 large onion
- Salted butter
- 2 bags of sharp cheddar cheese
- Half and half (to taste)
- Salt and pepper (to taste)
- Boil the Potatoes:
- Place the peeled potatoes in a large pot of salted water.
- Slice the potatoes in half and then cut each half into thin rounds to help them cook faster.
- Boil the potatoes until they are tender. This usually takes around 15-20 minutes.
- Saute the Onions:
- While the potatoes are boiling, chop the large onion into small pieces.
- In a separate pan, melt some salted butter and sauté the chopped onion until it becomes caramelized.
- Remove the sautéed onions from the heat and let them cool down.
- Prepare the Potato and Cheese Mixture:
- Drain the boiled potatoes and return half of them to the pot.
- Add one bag of sharp cheddar cheese to the pot with the hot potatoes. The heat will help the cheese melt faster.
- Begin mashing the mixture together.
- Add the remaining potatoes and the second bag of cheddar cheese.
- Continue mashing until the cheese and potatoes are fully incorporated.
- Adjust the Consistency:
- Add salted butter, half and half, salt, and pepper to the potato and cheese mixture.
- Continue mixing until you achieve a firm but creamy consistency. Be cautious not to make it too creamy; you want it to be firm.
- Incorporate the Caramelized Onions:
- Add the sautéed onions to the mixture and mix everything together.
- Taste the filling and adjust the seasoning with additional salt and pepper if needed.
- Chill the Filling:
- Transfer the pierogi filling to a container, cover it, and refrigerate it overnight. This will allow the flavors to meld, and the filling to firm up.
- Serve or Use in Pierogi:
- This delicious mashed potato and cheddar cheese mixture can also be enjoyed on its own as a side dish or even as a meal.
- When you're ready to make pierogi, fill the dough with this prepared filling and follow your preferred pierogi recipe for cooking and serving.
Enjoy your homemade pierogi with this flavorful filling, and savor the taste of tradition passed down through generations!
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