Blushing Beet Pierogi
Herbed Pierogi Dough:
2 3/4 Cups All Purpose Flour
1 Tablespoon Dried Parsley
1 1/2 Teaspoons Dried Dill Weed
1 Teaspoon Dried Basil
1 Teaspoon Salt
3/4 Cup Plain Greek-Style Vegan Yogurt or Vegan "Sour Cream"
1/4 Cup Water
1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
Beet and Potato Filling:
1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
1 Medium Red Onion, Diced
1/3 Cup Sauerkraut, Drained
1/2 Pound Peeled, Cooked and Cubed Yukon Gold Potatoes
1/2 Pound Peeled, Cooked and Finely Chopped Red Beets
1/4 Cup Plain Greek-Style Vegan Yogurt or Vegan "Sour Cream"
Salt and Pepper to Taste
To Cook (Optional):
3 - 4 Tablespoons Margarine or Coconut Oil
Prepare the dough by combining the flour, dried herbs, and salt in a large bowl or the bowl of your stand mixer. Separately, mix together the vegan yogurt, water, and oil before pouring these wet ingredients in as well. Stir thoroughly until the mixture comes together into a cohesive dough, and then turn it out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead by hand for 5 - 10 minutes, until smooth and elastic. Wrap in plastic and let rest for 30 minutes so the gluten can relax, which will allow it to roll out more easily. Set aside.
Meanwhile, heat 1 tablespoon oil in a medium skillet, and add in the diced onion when hot. Saute for 5 - 8 minutes on medium heat, until softened and beginning to brown around the edges. Add the sauerkraut, and cook for just 1 or 2 more minutes. Turn off the heat, and combine the contents of your skillet with the cooked potatoes, beets, and "yogurt" in a medium bowl. Mash together until creamy but still good and chunky, and season to taste with salt and pepper. Let cool for at least 20 minutes before assembling your pierogi.
NOTE: You can prepare both components up to this point up to one day in advance. Just wrap the dough up tightly, stash the filling in an air-tight container, and store both in the fridge.
Roll out your dough as thinly as possible, pausing to allow it to rest if it continues to spring back and resist rolling thinner. Cut it out into equal circles with a 3-inch round cookie cutter. Re-roll scraps and repeat.
Place 1 - 2 teaspoons of filling in the center of each circle, paint a dab of water around the edge, and seal into half-moon shapes. Crimp the outer edges with a fork to secure.
NOTE: You can again pause here and freeze the pierogi for up to a month. Just line them up on a baking sheet so that none are touching, and let them chill down in the freezer until solid. Transfer to a zip-lock bag or an air-tight container, label clearly, and fit them back into the freezer until you're ready to enjoy. Don't defrost; cook them as you normally would, but allow a few extra minutes.
To cook, slide them in a large pot of salted, simmering water for 5 – 9 minutes (up to 15 minutes if frozen), or until they float. Cook only 12 at a time so that you don’t crowd the pot. Remove gently with a slotted spoon. Serve, or for the more indulgent option, pan-fry them in the optional margarine or coconut oil until each side is golden brown; about 5 – 8 minutes. Enjoy with someone (or many someones) that you love!
Makes 30 - 40 Pierogi
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