Goat Cheese and Chive Pierogies
Story and photos by Amy Maltzan
This is a locally inspired riff on the traditional cheese pierogies my grandmother makes. You could substitute any fresh herbs for the chives. Farmer’s cheese is a fresh, mild cheese similar to ricotta.
Makes 5-6 dozen, but you can easily halve the recipe if desired. You can also freeze the pierogies in a single layer on a sheet pan before cooking. They can go straight from the freezer into the pot — just add an extra minute of cooking time.
For the dough:
5 cups flour
16 ounces sour cream
For the filling:
12 ounces goat cheese
4 ounces farmer’s cheese (substitute ricotta if you can’t find farmer’s cheese)
¼ cup chopped chives
2 tablespoons chopped scallion
To make the dough, mix the sour cream and eggs together in a large mixing bowl or the bowl of an electric mixer. Add flour and knead until smooth, but not sticky. You can use an electric mixer fitted with the dough hook attachment if desired. You may need to add a little more flour, bit by bit, until you get the dough to a smooth texture. Let rest 10 minutes, covered with a kitchen towel.
To make the filling, mix all the ingredients together, season with salt and pepper, and set aside.
Divide dough in quarters, and working with one quarter at a time on a surface lightly dusted with flour, roll dough thin (about ⅛-inch thickness).
Using a 4-inch round cutter (or the edge of a glass) dipped in flour, cut circles out of dough. Spoon filling slightly off center. Moisten edge of circle with water, then fold, pressing edges together firmly. Crimp edges with fork tines. Repeat with remaining dough, re-rolling the scraps as needed. Set aside on a flour-dusted baking sheet until ready to cook.
Drop pierogies in salted, boiling water; cook 5 minutes (6 if frozen) then remove carefully with a slotted spoon. Toss with a little melted butter and serve.
Amy Maltzan is an avid cook, gardener and farmers’ market shopper. She blogs about her adventures in cooking seasonally at eggsonsunday.wordpress.com.
For more of Amy’s seasonal recipes, check out her Spring Pea Risotto with Riesling-Poached Egg!