My sweet friend Amy, (no, I am not talking in 3rd person), recently entered her very cool recipe in to the Paula Deen Philadelphia contest. She is a rockin' chef! She gave me permission to share it.
You can also watch the step by step instructions!
These are DE-licious little lasagna perogis! It's like having a bite sized lasagna that you can eat without the mess. They look fancy and fantastic on the plate too! Just a few simple ingredients that don't even require a mixer. I sure hope you try these out and cook up a little fun in your kitchen! Prep time: 35 minutes |Cook time: 5 minutes |Total time: 40 minutes |Servings: 45
•1 large egg yolk
•1 egg white
•1 cup(s) of whole milk
•3 1/4 cup(s) of all purpose flour
•4 cup(s) of herb pesto
•1/2 cup(s) of cottage cheese
•15 ounce(s) of ricotta cheese
•1 beaten egg
•15 grape tomatoes sliced into thirds
•8 ounce(s) of Kraft Philadelphia Cream Cheese
•1/2 cup(s) of water
•3 tbsp. of parmesean cheese
•3 tsp. of italian seasoning
•2 tbsp. of butter
1.To make the perogi wrappers, first seperate your egg yolk from your egg white and save both in separate bowls
2.Add egg yolk and water to milk and beat with a fork
3.Add all the flour to a large bowl and make a well in the center
4.Add 1/3 the milk mixture to the well and fold the flour slowly over the top of well and blend it together using your fingers like a rake
5.Create another well and add the milk mixture and blend and repeat until the milk is gone. Keep kneading the dough forms a nice ball and is smooth. If it is sticky add flour only 1tsp at a time on a floured surface
6.When the dough is elasticy and smooth transfer it to a clean ungreased bowl and cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 20 minutes
7.While the dough is chilling mix your cheese fillling. Add the ricotta, cottage cheese, pesto, and beaten egg together and mix.
8.Next, divide your dough into three equal balls. Roll out one ball at a time on a well foured surface to 1/16 inch thickness.
9.Using a large circle cookie or biscuit cutter cut out as many circles as you can.
10.Add a spoonful of Kraft Philadelphia Cream Cheese to half of the circle leaving the edges free
11.Add a spoonful of your cheese mixture and top with tomatoe slices
12.Swipe the edges with the egg white and fold one half over so the sides meet and crimp the edges to seal
13.Bring a large pot of water to boil ( at least 4qt) lightly salted and add perogis
14.Heat deep fryer until hot and add perogis as an alternative
15.Cook until perogi has popped to the surface whether deep frying or boiling
16.If boiling, remove perogi when done and finish off with a light sautee in butter in a medium heated skillet on stove
17.Sprinkle with parmesean cheese and italian seasoning and serve with spaghetti or marinara sauce