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SImple Clean and Homemade I Lomo Sandwich 2

Today I want to share with you the best sandwich I have ever eaten. I feel like I say this all the time, but this is seriously a sandwich with all the elements of a perfect sandwich. Yesterday I told you about my pork adobado. It brings back memories of Spain for me. While I love the pork, this sandwich is what I was really excited to make. This sandwich may not be the traditional loom sandwich, but each ingredient adds to the flavor profile of the sandwich.

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There is something about charred bread. I just think it escalates any dish from average to fantastic. When I think about some of my favorite meals in restaurants, they often come with something charred. This charred garlic bread compliments the smoky flavor from the pork beautifully. On top of the charred bread and smoky pork, I charred some red peppers, peeled them and sliced them. They add a slight sweetness that goes well with the creamy manchego sliced super thin. Finally, I made some homemade roasted garlic aioli which adds a richness to the sandwich.

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The final product is perfection on a baguette.

Pork Adobado Sandwich on Charred Bread with Manchego, Roasted Red Peppers, and Aioli

by Jessica

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20-30 minutes

Ingredients (8-10 sandwiches)

    Pork Adobado

    • 1 1/2 tablespoons smoked paprika
    • 1 1/2 tablespoon sweet paprika
    • 1 1/2 tablespoon half sharp paprika
    • 1 tablespoon oregano
    • 2 teaspoons salt
    • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
    • 3 garlic cloves, minced
    • 1/2 cup water
    • 8-10 boneless thin cut pork chops

    Aioli

    • 1 egg yolk at room temperature
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt
    • juice 1/2 lemon
    • 3 cloves roasted garlic
    • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
    • 2/3 cup light tasting oil

    Roasted Red Pepper

    • 2 red peppers

    Sandwich

    • Baguette
    • 2 tablespoons olive oil
    • 2 tablespoons butter
    • 3 cloves garlic, minced
    • salt
    • Pork Chops Adobado
    • Aioli
    • Roasted Red Pepper
    • Manchego Cheese

    Instructions

    Pork Adobado

    Combine all ingredients in a large zip-top bag. Allow to marinade for at least 4 hours. Cook pork as desired. I prefer pan fried or grilled. Serve warm or cold.

    Aioli

    In a food processor, add the egg yolk, salt, lemon juice, and garlic. Turn on low and slowly drizzle in oil in a steady stream until it is all incorporated. It should be thick. Remove from the food processor and store in a container with a lid.

    Roasted Red Pepper

    On the gas burner of your stove, the grill, or under the broiler, char all sides of the papers. Put the peppers in a plastic or glass container for 20-30 minutes. Gently remove the outer charred “skin”. Do not rinse or wash. Slice.

    Sandwich

    In a medium skillet, heat butter, oil, and garlic until the butter melts. Turn off the heat.

    Cut the baguette(s) into the same size as the pork chops. Slice in half and coat the inside with the olive oil mixture. Char on the grill or on the gas stove burner. Remove from the heat when charred and salt.

    Top the baguette with pork, aioli, roasted red peppers, and Manchego.

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    SImple Clean and Homemade I Pork Adobado 2

    Study abroad is a special, life changing experience. Everyone I know who has had the opportunity, fondly remembers spending time in a new country, learning how to be independent, and forging new friendships. I spent my summer in Salamanca, Spain, a place that will always be my second home. I love Spain. The memories make me yearn to go back. I feel like I fit there. One of the most surprising things about study abroad is how quickly we made new friends. I remember countless nights leaving the discotecca or the tapas bars to head to the bocadilleria to get sandwiches. Lomo was always our favorite.

    SImple Clean and Homemade I Pork Adobado

    It took me almost 8 years to finally get around to making my own version of loom. From what I remember, it was a thinly sliced, boneless pork chop marinated in something magical that made it delicious on a baguette. Through tons of research, I found that it is commonly called adobado. It is basically a marinade comprised of paprika, garlic, and oregano.

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    If you notice, I made tons. We ended up eating for a few days in sandwiches for lunch. Tomorrow I will share with you the sandwich recipe. It is so good. We both literally took a bite and declared it the most perfect sandwich.

    Pork Chops Adobado

    by Jessica

    Prep Time: 10 minutes

    Cook Time: 20 minutes

    Ingredients (8-10 servings)

    • 1 1/2 tablespoons smoked paprika
    • 1 1/2 tablespoon sweet paprika
    • 1 1/2 tablespoon half sharp paprika
    • 1 tablespoon oregano
    • 2 teaspoons salt
    • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
    • 3 garlic cloves, minced
    • 1/2 cup water
    • 8-10 boneless thin cut pork chops

    Instructions

    Combine all ingredients in a large zip-top bag. Allow to marinade for at least 4 hours. Cook pork as desired. I prefer pan fried or grilled. Serve warm or cold.

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    SImple Clean and Homemade I Guiness Lamb Stew 3

    When I heard about the doom and gloom of the coming storm last weekend, I just knew that a day stuck inside with snow meant comfort food. I can’t even believe we made it until March without making stew this year. It happens to be one of Pierre’s favorite things. I never really was a fan of it, but I am a fan of cooking dinner in my Dutch Oven most of the day. Instead of making my typical stew recipe, I wanted to make something new to us.

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    If you didn’t know, I really like lamb. I have never really been a big fan of most meats, but for almost my whole life lamb has been at the top of my list. Our favorite grocery store almost always has local lamb cubed and ready for stew. Plus, the butcher is awesome and would cut it for me if I asked.

    SImple Clean and Homemade I Guiness Lamb Stew

    Lamb stew needs hearty flavors to stand up to the gaminess of the meat. Guinness was the perfect accompaniment. It added a rich flavor that went well with the lamb.

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    If you notice, I did not put potatoes in the stew so we could enjoy the stew on top of a big pile of creamy wasabi mashed potatoes. It may have been the perfect storm meal, even if the storm never really came.

    Guiness Lamb Stew

    by Jessica

    Prep Time: 40 minutes

    Cook Time: 3 hours

     

    Ingredients (6-8 servings)

    • 2 slices bacon, diced
    • 2 pounds lamb for stew
    • 2 onions, sliced
    • 8-10 carrots, chunked
    • 2 stalks celery, diced
    • 1 small can tomato paste
    • 1 pint Guiness
    • 5-6 sprigs thyme
    • 2 bay leaves
    • 2 tablespoons beef better than bouillon
    • 4 cups water
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
    • 1/2 cup peas

    Instructions

    Salt the lamb on both sides.

    In a 6 quart Dutch Oven over medium high heat, cook the bacon until crispy. Remove from the pan and drain on paper towels. Set aside,

    Brown the lamb on all sides in batches. Do not over crowd the pan. Remove the lamb from the pan and set aside.

    Reduce the heat to medium and cook the vegetables until tender. Add the tomato paste and cook for 1 minute. Deglaze the pan with Guiness cooking until the liquid no longer smells like alcohol. Add the pepper, thyme, and bay leaves.

    Bake without a lid in a 350 degree oven for about 3 hours or until most of the liquid has evaporated (you may need to add more water if too much water evaporates).

    Remove from the oven when the meat is very soft. Add peas and heat on the stove to defrost (about 5 minutes).

    Serve over mashed potatoes or rice.

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    SImple Clean and Homemade I Braised Short Ribs 2

    It FEELS like winter will never end, but last weekend we realized that we are only about a month away from the end of winter meal season. That means that we have to get in a little more braising before we go full force into salad season. While I absolutely do not like winter and I cannot wait until summer, I will miss braising. Have you ever tried braising? It makes meat basically the best thing in the whole wide world.

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    In order to fully enjoy the end of braising season, I wanted to make short ribs for the first time. We made a trip to the good grocery store that has everything and got some short ribs. It was so luxurious to not have to wait in line forever. I cooked them in the typical braising fashion. We browned the meat, cooked the veggies, deglazed the pan with a bottle of wine and then baked until the meat was falling off the bone.

    SImple Clean and Homemade I Braised Short Ribs

    I served this over wasabi mashed potatoes to cut the richness. When we were eating this, I declared that it was everything pot roast should be but wasn’t. If you haven’t tried short ribs yet, try them soon before braising season is over.

    Braised Short Ribs

    by Jessica

    Prep Time: 30 minutes

    Cook Time: 3 hours

    Ingredients (5-6 servings)

    • 3 slices bacon, diced
    • 8 short ribs
    • salt
    • 2 onion, cut pole to pole
    • 4 carrots, diced
    • 3 celery stalks, diced
    • 4 cloves garlic, sliced
    • 1 bottle dry red wine
    • 2 cups beef stock
    • 1 stem fresh rosemary
    • 3-4 stems fresh thyme

    Instructions

    Heat the oven to 350 degrees.

    In a 6 quart dutch oven, cook the bacon until crisp over medium heat. Remove the bacon from the pan and reserve.

    Salt the short ribs and brown on all sides in the dutch oven using the bacon fat. Remove the browned short ribs and set aside.

    Add the onions, carrots, celery, and garlic to the pan. Cook until tender. Deglaze the pan with the wine and cook until it no longer smells like alcohol. Add the beef stock and herbs. Return the bacon and short ribs to the pan.

    Bake in the oven uncovered for 2-3 hours or until the meat starts to fall off of the bone. Remove from the oven and allow to rest for at least 20 minutes or until the fat separates from the sauce. Remove as much fat as possible.

    This dish is excellent the second day. It is also easier to remove the fat after allowing the fat to solidify over night. Then, reheat them in the pan with the sauce. Serve over mashed potatoes or polenta.

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    Simple Clean and Homemade I Eggrolls 3

    Tomorrow is Friday. Friday is our most frequent day to get take out. Not this week. This week we are going to my parents’ house to get haircuts and get our staple groceries that we enjoy from their area.

    I have a total love/hate relationship with take out. I LOVE that I don’t have to cook as soon as I get home from work but I HATE that the food usually gives me a stomach ache and isn’t as good as I anticipated. Therefore, I tend to make a lot of our take out favorites at home. One of those things is egg rolls. I grew up eating lots of egg rolls. My best friend’s dad always invited us over for wonton soup and egg rolls. It was one of my favorite meals. My homemade egg rolls bring back memories of those fun dinners. The big difference with theses is that they are baked, not fried.

    Baking egg rolls gives them a different texture than fried egg rolls. I actually have grown to like the baked version much better. I like the crispy, aldente texture.

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    I start by browning my pork. Once it is brown, I add three bags of coleslaw. In the summer, I buy fresh cabbage and carrots from a farmer, but this is about a million times easier. I rarely buy packaged food, but this recipe is one of those times that I don’t mind a few short cups.

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    I think the hardest part of making this is judging the filing. You want to get as much moisture as possible out of the filling because you are baking and/or freezing these. This is what the filling looks like when I first start with all of the coleslaw.

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    This is what the finished filling looks like. I have to say, it is so good, you could just eat it like this. But the extra egg roll making step is totally worth it.

    Simple Clean and Homemade I Eggrolls

    I like to serve these with sweet and sour sauce and hot mustard. Sometimes we add a little hot chili oil for the extra spice. This is one of my favorite weeknight meals. It is so quick straight out of the freezer.

    Baked Pork Eggrolls

    by Jessica

    Prep Time: 1 hour

    Cook Time: 20-30 minutes

    Ingredients (28 eggrolls)

    • 2 pounds pork chops or loin, diced
    • 3 pounds bagged coleslaw (fresh cabbage and carrots)
    • 6 cloves garlic, minced
    • 1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger
    • 2/3 cup soy sauce
    • 3 green onions, chopped
    • 2 8 ounce cans water chestnuts, finely chopped
    • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
    • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
    • 28 egg roll wrappers

    Instructions

    In a large skillet or dutch oven, heat the oil and brown the pork. When the pork is brown, add the coleslaw and allow the coleslaw to cook down until most of the moisture is gone. Add remaining ingredients except the egg roll wrappers. Cook until the moisture is cooked out. Remove from the heat and allow to cool.

    When the mixture is cool, spread egg roll wrappers on the counter. Have a small bowl of water next to your work space. Put about 1/4 cup of the filling on each wrapper. Close the wrappers, sealing with water.

    Heat the oven to 425 degrees. On a baking sheet, spray all sides of the egg rolls with cooking spray. Cook about 15 minutes on one side. Flip and cook until both sides are crispy. Serve with Sweet and Sour Sauce and Hot Mustard.

    To freeze: Wrap the uncooked egg rolls in plastic wrap. Place in a zip top bag and freeze. When ready to eat, follow the above directions with the frozen egg rolls.

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    SImple Clean and Homemade I Shrimp Feta Bake

    It has been so cold and I am so ready for winter to be over. You know what I realized? It isn’t even half over yet. Last week we installed some gas fireplace logs. I can’t even explain how much I am loving our gas fireplace logs. They make the living room so cozy and warm. It is making the below zero temperatures a little more bearable. That and warm clothes.

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    Today I want to share one of my brother’s favorite meals. He eats tons of this shrimp feta bake when I make it. Like almost the whole batch of it. At first, it was odd because he didn’t eat tomatoes. I think this dish was the gateway to full blown tomato eating for him.

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    This is a light and healthy dish. I like to serve it over whole wheat orzo.

    Shrimp and Feta Bake

    by Jessica

    Prep Time: 10 minutes

    Cook Time: 30-45 minutes

    Ingredients (4 servings)

    • 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
    • 2 cloves garlic, minced
    • 1 29 ounce can diced tomatoes, about half liquid drained
    • pinch cayenne
    • 1 pound raw deveined peeled shrimp, defrosted
    • 1/2 cup chopped curly parsley
    • 3-4 ounces reduced fat feta cheese
    • juice 1 lemon
    • whole wheat orzo, cooked according to package directions

    Instructions

    In a large skillet or work, heat the oil over medium high heat. Add garlic and cook about 30 seconds. Add the tomatoes and cayenne. Cook until about half of the moisture is reduced. Add the shrimp and cook until the shrimp is slightly under done. Stir in the parsley. Pour into a 9×13 glass baking dish. Sprinkle with feta and lemon juice. Bake at 400 until bubbly (about 20 minutes).

    Serve over whole wheat orzo.

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    SImple Clean and Homemade I Wedge Salad

    We have been working so hard on the house. I can’t believe we have lived here a whole month. We are in a strange place where it feels like home, all comfy and cozy, but we don’t know where all of the light switches are or where we put away some of our stuff. This week we installed some fireplace logs, painted the foyer, organized the garage to set up my treadmill and elliptical (YES!), and had a pet fence installed. Oh, and most importantly, I primed over the neon yellow paint in the third bedroom. That bedroom and the kitchen are the only rooms left to paint.

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    With all this work, it is nice to make a nice meal each week as a special treat. When I was a kid, because my mom didn’t really cook, twice baked potatoes were a special occasion side dish. We had them for any holiday where my mom cooked. They are creamy and delicious, topped with bacon, cheese, and green onions. I LOVED them and looked forward to leftovers. They are still one of my favorites.

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    The best thing about them now is that they are delicious and perfect to make ahead and bake later. That makes them great for holidays or entertaining. Or sometimes even a weeknight meal to prep the night before. They certainly feel fancy to me and they taste so rich and decadent it is a special treat.

    Loaded Twice Baked Potatoes

    by Jessica

    Prep Time: 15 minutes

    Cook Time: 1 hour

    Ingredients (3-6 servings)

    • 3 potatoes, scrubbed and poked with a fork
    • olive oil
    • salt
    • 1 tablespoon butter
    • 1/4 -1/2 cup milk
    • 1/4 cup sour cream
    • 2 green onions, chopped
    • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
    • 3-4 slices bacon cooked until crispy

    Instructions

    Heat the oven to 450 degrees.

    Rub the potatoes with olive oil and salt. Bake 30-40 minutes or until fork tender.

    Cut the potatoes in half for smaller portions (6) of cut the tops off for larger portions. Scoop out the inside of the potatoes and set the skin aside. Mash the potatoes. Add butter, sour cream, salt, and pepper to taste. Add milk until you like the consistency. It should be about the consistency of mashed potatoes. Stir in half of the green onions.

    Fill the potato skins with the potato mixture. If serving immediately, bake with cheese for 15-20 minutes. To use later, bake for 20-30 minutes at 400 degrees, adding cheese and baking for an additional 10 minutes. Top with bacon and green onions.

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    SImple Clean and Homemade I Canadian Bacon Strata

    I wanted to invite you over for brunch. Because it is impossible to invite all of you to my home, I made you brunch instead. I LOVE brunch. I know it gets a bad rap, but man is it good. You can pick breakfast or lunch and it is stuff I would not normally eat. I don’t think I told you how OBSESSED my mom was with breakfast casseroles for like an entire decade. Especially that one that uses cream of mushroom soup and seasoned croutons. To me it tastes like salt, but I guess for her it is all delicious.

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    If you haven’t noticed, I steer clear of processed foods, so seasoned croutons and cream of mushroom soup are two things that I do not put in my shopping cart (I am fairly certain they have more than 5 ingredients). In order to feed her cravings for breakfast casserole and stick to my 5 ingredient rule, I had to figure out how to make a lighter, less processed breakfast casserole. To do that, I made a strata.

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    Stratas are just like breakfast casseroles. They are really just the fancy term for our old favorite. Aside from how fancy it sounds and custardy and creamy it tastes, I love how easy and flexible stratas are. I stick to a general recipe to make a strata, only changing the protein and cheese, sometimes adding some low moisture vegetables. I like to make a small batch (1/2 baguette, 4 eggs, 1 1/2 c milk, 1 tsp mustard, 1 tsp hot sauce, 1/2 lb protein, 4 oz grated cheese, 1/4 c parmesan), but it also works really well doubled.

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    I like to make it on Saturday night to bake on Sunday for brunch. Then, we eat the leftovers for a few days for breakfast. I love this quick weekday breakfast.

    Canadian Bacon Strata

    by Jessica

    Prep Time: 15 minutes active Overnight in

    Cook Time: 40-60 minutes

    Ingredients (6 servings)

    • 1/2 pound Canadian bacon
    • 1/2 baguette, cubed
    • 1 green onion, chopped
    • 4 eggs
    • 1 1/2 cups skim milk (or milk of choice)
    • 1 teaspoon mustard
    • 1 teaspoon hot sauce (I use Frank’s)
    • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese
    • 4 ounces grated cheddar cheese

    Instructions

    In a medium skillet, brown the Canadian bacon. Set aside.

    In a medium bowl, whisk egg, milk, mustard, and hot sauce. Set aside.

    In a 2 quart baking dish, add the bread and green onions. Toss with the Canadian bacon. Pour the egg mixture over the bread. Sprinkle the cheese over the top. Cover and refrigerate overnight.

    Bake at 350 for 40-60 minutes or until set in the middle. If the cheese becomes too brown, cover with foil. Allow to sit 10 minutes before serving.

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    SImple Clean and Homemade I Cheese and Spinach Stuffed Shells 6

    I have wanted stuffed shells for weeks. They sounded so delicious, but I just couldn’t make them because we were spending so much of our time moving, painting, packing, unpacking, and celebrating the holidays in between, that I ran out of time to cook. We ate too much take out and my tummy felt it. We even hit a point where we were eating Easy Mac. I hadn’t had Easy Mac since college. The worst part? It wasn’t even Easy Mac, it was the Target brand which is sort of soupy. It is so nice to be getting settled and have a little time to cook actual meals, menu plan, and grocery shop. It makes me feel like a normal person again.

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    Making stuffed shells is pretty easy. Stuffing them takes a little time, definitely less than layering a lasagna. Plus they are already in servings. You don’t have to wait for it to cool like lasagna. It could just be one of the best entertaining meals ever. They seem super fancy AND can be made in advance.

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    And I seriously packed them with spinach. I might even add more spinach next time. Because I love it.

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    Bake them and serve with your favorite salad or vegetable.

    Spinach and Cheese Stuffed Shells

    by Jessica

    Prep Time: 30 minutes

    Cook Time: 30-40 minutes

    Ingredients (6-8 servings)

    • 2/3 box jumbo shells
    • 1 15 ounce container ricotta cheese
    • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese, grated
    • 1 egg
    • 1 10 ounce bag frozen spinach, defrosted and excess water squeezed out with a clean towel
    • 10 basil leaves, chopped
    • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
    • 1/2 cup shredded medium sharp provolone cheese
    • 2 pints marinara sauce

    Instructions

    Cook the shells about 9 minutes, until slightly less than ardent. Strain and spread out on a baking sheet to cook.

    Mix ricotta, parmesan, egg, spinach, basil, and 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese in a medium bowl.

    Spread a thin layer of sauce at the bottom of a 9×13 baking sheet. Stuff the shells with the ricotta mixture and place in the pan. Cover with more sauce and bake for 30-40 minutes. Serve hot with your favorite salad.

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    SImple Clean and Homemade I Pierogi 9

    One of the reasons I started a blog was because I was bursting with excitement to share all of the cool things I taught myself how to do in the kitchen. For New Year’s I decided to make something that I have wanted to try for a really long time. Pierogies seem to me like they are a staple. Living in Pittsburgh, they are a popular food served at restaurants as well as churches. If you are unfamiliar, they are dough filled with some kind of filling (often potato), boiled and pan fried. I knew they would take some work but would be well worth the effort, and boy was I right.

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    I started by baking the potatoes. I decided to bake the potatoes because of the same logic I used when I made gnocchi. Baked potatoes reduce the amount of water, intensifying the potato flavor which is what I wanted. While the potatoes baked, I made the dough. It is a super easy dough to make and roll. It is pretty forgiving and does not rip easily. Because I am not fancy, I used a regular drinking glass to cut the dough into circles.

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    I made the potato mixture and used a scoop to put it on the dough. Then, I dipped my fingers in water and ran them along the outside edge. I pulled the dough around the potato filling. I found that it was easiest to do that part when I was holding it in my hand.

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    I sealed the dough by using the tongs on a fork.

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    And took the finished perigees and placed them on a cookie sheet to freeze.

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    Making homemade pierogies is time consuming but oh so rewarding. I have a giant bag of homemade pierogies in my freezer right now that I could use to make dinner in less than 20 minutes. They are organic and I know exactly what is in them. I served them along side some roasted broccoli (my current favorite side dish).

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    Oh and with tons of slightly browned onions.

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    For the creamiest, most delicious pierogies that I have ever had. If you were scared to try making them, don’t be.

    Sour Cream, Cheddar, and Chive Pierogies

    by Jessica

    Prep Time: 2 hours

    Cook Time: 10-15 minutes

     

    Ingredients (48-58 pierogies)

      For the Filling

      • 8 potatoes, pierced with a fork
      • 3 tablespoons sour cream
      • 1 tablespoon butter
      • 1/4 cup milk
      • 1 cup grated cheddar cheese
      • 2 chopped green onions
      • salt and pepper to taste

      For the Dough

      • 4 tablespoons melted butter
      • 1 16 ounce container sour cream
      • 2 eggs plus one yolk
      • 4 1/2 cups flour
      • 2 teaspoons salt

      To Serve

      • 1 tablespoon olive oil
      • 3 onions, cut pole to pole
      • salt
      • 1 tablespoon butter
      • 9-12 pierogies

      Instructions

      For the Filling

      Bake to potatoes at 450 degrees until tender on the inside (30-40 minutes). Cut in half and scoop the inside of the potatoes into a large bowl. Mash with a potato masher. Add the sour cream, butter, milk, cheddar cheese, and green onions. Add salt and pepper to taste. Set aside.

      For the Dough

      Combine the butter, sour cream, and egg until well mixed. Add the flour and salt and mix until it forms a dough. Divide the dough in half. Working with half of the dough at a time, roll the dough out on a floured surface. Using a biscuit cutter or a glass, cut the dough into circles.

      Scoop the potato filling onto the dough circles. Moisten your fingers with water and rub the outside edge of the dough circle with water. pull the dough over the potato scoop . Press to seal with a fork. Place finished pierogis on a parchment lined cookie sheet. Place in the freezer until frozen solid. Store in a zip top bag in the freezer.

      To Serve

      Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add salt to the water and add boil until the pierogies float. Continue to cook for an additional 2 minutes. Drain.

      In a large skillet, cook the onions until translucent in the butter and oil, salting the onions so they cook faster. When the onions are just starting to brown, add the cooked pierogies. Sauté for a few minutes until they are slightly browned. Serve with a leafy salad or your favorite veggie.

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