For Sunday Supper this week, we’re celebrating Father’s Day! When most people think of Father’s Day, they probably think of backyard barbecues, bacon, or beer. My Dad can cook a pretty mean ribeye, but grilling just isn’t what I think of when I think of him and food. What do I think of? Split pea soup. Kale and pig knuckle soup (way before kale was trendy). Bratwurst boiled in beer. Pinklewurst, bloodwurst, head cheese and other icky meats. Liver and onions. Peanut butter and pickles. Cream cheese and jelly.
Basically, a lot of stuff that I had no interest in making (except for the kale soup, which is awesome but not exactly seasonal.) He’s Polish and we ate Mrs. Ts all the time when I was a kid, so I made pierogi. And I went ahead and made ’em healthy by using whole wheat flour and swapping out some of the potato in the filling for cauliflower.
These pierogi are a little labor intensive but, once you get the hang of it, they’re pretty easy. They also freeze really well, so you might as well go ahead and make extra.
As for the age-old question of what to serve with pierogi besides sausage? I served them with a salad that I’ve been loving lately: spinach, strawberries, toasted almonds, and blue cheese with balsamic vinaigrette.
Happy Father’s Day!
Once you get into a groove, these pierogi are really easy to make. Go ahead and make extra - they can be frozen for a quick weeknight meal. After forming the dumplings (don't boil), arrange them in a single layer on a baking sheet and freeze until solid, then transfer to a zip top bag for long-term storage. Cook them right from the freezer, just add a few extra minutes to the boiling time.
Yields about 20 pierogi.
1 hr, 15 Prep Time
10 minCook Time
1 hr, 25 Total Time
- 2 cups white whole wheat flour
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 3 tablespoons fat free Greek yogurt
- 1/2 cup skim milk
- 1 medium starchy potato, peeled and cut into 2 inch cubes (about 1 cup)
- 1 cup frozen cauliflower florets
- 2 ounces Cabot sharp light cheddar, shredded
- 1 tablespoon butter
- Mix together the flour, salt, yogurt, and milk to form a thick dough. Knead until smooth, 10-15 minutes. (If you have a Kitchen Aid mixer, now's the time to break out your dough hook, otherwise you'll get a nice arm workout.) Wrap in plastic and refrigerate at least 30 minutes.
- Meanwhile, fill a large stockpot with water. Add the potato and cauliflower and bring to a boil. Cook until soft, about 15 minutes. Drain and let cool. Mash, then stir in the cheese (for a creamier filling, you can also stir in a tablespoon or two of sour cream).
- Divide dough into quarters. Working with one quarter at a time, use a pasta roller or heavy rolling pin to roll to 1/8″. Cut out circles with a 3″ round cookie cutter. Spoon a scant teaspoon of filling onto half the dough rounds; top with a second round and pinch to seal the edges. Repeat with remaining dough. Refrigerate the scraps and re-roll once chilled.
- Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Gently transfer the pierogi to the pot; cook until they float, about 5 minutes. Melt butter in a large skillet over high heat. Add the boiled pierogi and cook 1 minute on each side.
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Dad’s Favorite Main Dishes:
- Father’s Day Ribs by Jane’s Adventures in Dinner
- Chorizo Burgers by La Cocina de Leslie
- Whiskey Sliders by Cravings of a Lunatic
- Beer Can Chicken by Crazy Foodie Stunts
- Pesto Shrimp Roll Sandwich by Growing Up Gabel
- Cast Iron Filet Mignon with Wine Sauce by I Run For Wine
- Grilled Tilapia with Blueberry Mango Salsa by Runner’s Tales
- Chicken Wings for Dad by The Not So Cheesy Kitchen
- Fish with Black Bean Sauce by Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks
- Spaghetti with Homemade Meatballs by Curious Cuisiniere
- Tamale Pie Ring by Treats & Trinkets
- Grill-Roasted Chicken & Vegetables by Foxes Loves Lemons
- Grandma Papina’s Lamb Stew by Webicurean
- Barbecue Beans and Ribs by Food Lust People Love
- Skillet Meat Lasagna by Peanut Butter and Peppers
- Panko Crusted Snapper by Supper for a Steal
- Gluten Free Bourbon Honey Grilled Pork Chops by No One Likes Crumbley Cookies
- Boiled Shrimp for Father’s Day by The Catholic Foodie
- Dad’s Famous Baby Back Ribs by Family Foodie
- Turkey Stuffed Peppers by Ruffles & Truffles
- Lightened Up Fish Biriyani With Fresh Dill by Sue’s Nutrition Buzz
- Cauliflower, Potato, and Cheddar Pierogi by Healthy.Delicious
Dad’s Favorite Appetizers and Sides:
- Spicy Caramelized Bacon Wrapped Smoked Oysters by Noshing with the Nolands
- Tuna Pasta Salad – Dad’s Recipe by Juanita’s Cocina
- Grilled Bok Choy by Shockingly Delicious
- Bacon-Cheddar Potato Salad by Home Cooking Memories
- Couscous Tabbouleh by Soni’s Food
Dad’s Favorite Desserts
- Dad’s Cheesecake by Table for 7
- Cheese Crackers by The Urban Mrs
- Coconut Cream Pie by Cookin’ Mimi
- Chewy Oat Cookies with a Banana Bread Influence by What Smells So Good?
- Homemade Nutter Butters by Pies and Plots
- Shoot for the Stars Chocolate Cupcakes by Ninja Baking
- Golden Coconut Bars by Magnolia Days
- Classic Oatmeal Raisin Cookies by NeighborFood
- Velvet Cookies by Cindy’s Recipes and Writings
- Pecan Pie by Small Wallet Big Appetite