|Cheese Perogies with Beurre Noisettte, Shallots and Bacon Bits Garnish, served with Sour Cream and a Balsamic Vinegar Reduction
4 Yukon Gold potatoes (yellow flesh)
1 cup mild cheddar cheese, grated
Bring the potatoes to boil in a pot of water. The potatoes are done when a knife can be easily inserted in the flesh of the potatoes. Reserve 1 1/4 cup of the potato water for the dough. Set aside and allow to cool.
Mash the potatoes and if possible use a potato ricer for best results. Let the potatoes cool.
In a bowl, combine the potatoes and grated cheese. Set aside to cool.
3 cups all-purpose flour sifted
1/2 cup cold butter, cut into small pieces
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 egg, slightly beaten
1 1/2 tablespoon sour cream
1 1/2 cups potato water (room temperature)
In a food processor combine the flour and salt. Add the butter and process until the consistency of coarse meal. Transfer to a large bowl. In a small bowl add the egg and beat slightly. Whisk in the sour cream and cooled potato water. Make a well in the flour and pour in the wet ingredients. Combine the ingredients to form a dough.Transfer to a floured work surface and knead the dough until soft and not sticky.
Cover the dough in plastic wrap and let rest for about an hour at room temperature.
Divide your dough into three portions. Keep 2 pieces of dough covered while filling the first batch of perogies. Roll out the the dough into 1/4 inch thickness and using a 3" cookie cutter or wine glass, cut out circular discs. Place the dough in your hand and fill the center of the dough with 1 teaspoon of the potato filling. Fold in half and pinch down the edges to seal in the filling; gently pat down any air pockets.
Gently drop the perogies in a large pot of boiling water which has been salted. The perogies are done when they rise to the top, about 4-5 minutes. Drain the perogies and transfer to a hot frying pan
Heat 3-4 tablespoons of butter in the frying pan and add the perogies. Plate the perogies, garnish with onions & bacon bits. Serve with sour cream. Also delicious with browned butter!