Paella Pierogies: Daring Cooks

The August 2010 Daring Cooks’ Challenge was hosted by LizG of Bits n’ Bites and Anula of Anula’s Kitchen. They chose to challenge Daring Cooks to make pierogi from scratch and an optional challenge to provide one filling that best represents their locale.

I ended up making a gluten free version, but the dough part was a little tough.  My husband ate is anyway and even said it was good, but I knew it was one of those jaw exercising types of dough!  For the filling I used smoked chicken leftovers, and onion and cabbage with a little sour cream to hold it together.  It was quite good.

It has been really hot, and perogies are a cold weather food in my food framework, so I was having trouble getting enthusiastic.  Finally I got the inspiration to use the leftover paella I had in the fridge, then I got to work.  I have been really fond of paella since we went to Spain, and leftover paella is quite a tasty thing to use, my favourite is scrambled eggs with paella in them – delicious! The pierogi filling I made  was day old paella made from the recent Fine Cooking recipe, more or less; cottage cheese, and finally a mixture of onions and cauliflower chopped fine in the food processor that I sweated until tender.  Well I know this sounds like a dubious combination, but the filling was excellent.  The dough…..well I confess I have made perogies twice before, once with my sister in law’s mother, and once with a ukranian friend.  On those occasions I had expert help, and the dough was tender and wonderful.  My dough, without the expert advice was still tough, even the non gluten free version.

Anyway, as usual with the daring cooks it was an adventure.  I don’t plan to make pierogies for a long time, the bought ones are looking pretty darn good to me now!

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