I wanted to share another recipe but was asked to suggest one that would allow children to get involved in, and thought that this would be just perfect. Also, it is a great dish for a quick, easy dinner.
You have probably heard about pierogi, Polish dumplings filled with meat, curd cheese or fruit. These are called in Polish, “pierogi leniwe”- lazy pierogi or pierogi for lazy people (also, lazy man’s- or woman’s- pierogi). It’s because you don’t have to stuff them, the filing is already in the dough. My mom makes them and they’re delicious!
You will need:
250g Polish curd cheese (twaróg)- if you can’t find it, try cottage cheese, ricotta, or any kind of soft white cheese. The taste and texture will be different but you’ll get the idea.
a pinch of salt
flour (enough to make a dough)
Squash the cheese with a fork. Add eggs, and mix well. Add flour until you can roll it. Still, it may be quite sticky.
Roll into ropes and with a knife, (a little bit like you would when making gnocchi) cut diagonally into little pieces, the size can vary, my mom’s are bigger, mine are smaller.
Cook them in a big pan of boiling water until they rise to the top. You can additionally fry them in butter.
In Poland, this is usually a sweet, meatless dish, eaten with butter, sugar and cinnamon. My father who can’t eat sweets, prefers them with butter, salt and pepper. In Poland, they’re served fried with breadcrumbs and sugar
Lazy pierogi are a perfect dish to make with children – their little hands are just right for the rolling part and since the dough is very soft, children can use a blunt knife to cut the ropes into little pieces. Also, children usually love to mix and knead the dough!