Grandma’s Pierogis

I often think of my nieces and nephews (and there are plenty) when I think of my mom’s pierogis. I don’t know just how many of them remember them or had the chance to even try them. This is another dish that was made to feed a crowd at a low cost.

My mother was Irish but she married my dad who was Polish, and I think I heard that they had lived in a Polish neighborhood in Chicago when they were young. Maybe my brothers could give some input on this. My mom learned to make several Polish meals. They are a big part of my childhood memories.

The ingredients for the pierogis are pretty basic. The only things you may need to go out and buy are cottage cheese and chives.

I have the recipe in her handwriting and I thought I would write it out word for word.


4 cups flour
3 eggs
2 teaspoons salt
2lbs cottage cheese
chopped chives
salt and pepper

To the flour add the eggs and salt and enough water to make dough easy to handle. (Oh, yes, when adding the eggs make a well in the flour, add them and stir into the flour). Roll out onto a floured surface. Use a saucer for pattern. (While you are rolling out the dough have a pan of water heating). Put some cottage cheese, (2T), on half of the circle, moisten edges. Fold over and press edges with a fork. When the water boils put no more than 3 or 4 at a time in the water. Cook gently about 20 minutes. With a slotted spoon take out of the water and put on a large plate or platter. Then fry in butter or margarine.
(I just realized that it doesn’t mention that you mix the cottage cheese and chives together and you can add a little salt and pepper to taste).
Very filling! And not really that difficult.

Have a good day everyone!