One of the coolest things about making pierogis is the opportunity to get super creative with the filling. While the traditionalist in me always wants to use the classic cheese and potato pierogi filling, I've learned to break out of my shell and have fun with what's inside these little half-mooned dough pies. In the spirit of fall, I thought it would be really cool to make some Pumpkin Sweet Potato Pierogis with Marshallom and Pecans. It's a combination of October and November marrying together pumpkins and sweet potatoes, along with casserole and pie, into some tasty little dumpling treats.
The pierogi dough is a simple pie dough recipe which can honestly be made from your favorite pie crust recipe. Some folks have pie dough recipes that date back longer than I’ve been alive, so I don’t want to get in the way of tradition or something that you know works. When it comes to making any pie dough recipe I find it’s always easiest to prepare it in a food processor. It’s hassle free and seriously takes about 30 seconds. It’s important to chill the dough for a bit before working with it because the butter needs to cool back down so that the dough doesn’t become overly stretchy, because then it has a tendency to rip.
When it comes to potato pierogi filling I like to bake them instead of boil them. I find that boiled mashed potatoes tend to leak water since they are boiled and this can cause a runny gross pierogi. If you bake it you can add in moisture like sour cream and butter just until they’re to that perfect consistency, and then you chill it. Once you start making mashed potatoes from baked potatoes I’m pretty sure you won’t go back, it’s that much better!
I usually make a really tasty sweet potato casserole for Thanksgiving, so in that spirit, I used some of those same concepts when making these fall-flavored pierogis. I made a really simple marshmallow sauce which consists of a bit of milk, butter, and marshmallow fluff that you can either dip the pierogis in or drizzle a little in before wrapping it up tight. If you love all things sweet, then I recommend adding a little drizzle to the inside of each pierogi, but if you're not sure, then I would serve it up on the side just to be safe. In addition to the sweet potatoes and marshmallows, pecans are an excellent topping to add into the filling for a nice complimentary crunch to the pierogis.
Once the pierogis are made, I like to let them rest for a bit before boiling them for 2 to 3 minutes. They can be enjoyed right out of the boiling water, but of course you know I'm going to take it to another level by browning them up in a pan with a bit of butter, as I like a little toasty outside. It's even cool if you let the butter brown for a bit for an extra delicious nutty flavor. For a little color, I garnished the pierogis with a bit more pecans, pepitas and some dried cranberries for a seasonal touch.
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Garnishes: pepitas, pecans and cranberries