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It’s almost time for the Super Bowl. I am not really a sports fan. But who doesn’t love the delicious appetizers that are served at Super Bowl parties?!? I will watch any football game just to get to the goodies. I have one question though…. is it the game with the round ball or the pointy ball?

In honor of Super Bowl parties everywhere, AnnaShortcakes will have a week of posts embracing one of the best food traditions – tapas. Enjoy!


I love the Smitten Kitchen. Deb’s recipes and writing style are so approachable. Comfortable. She seems like the neighbor in your apartment building that opens her front door for a quick chat, allowing delicious smells to waft under your nose. You want to be invited over for dinner, just to see what she will create next.


Wild Mushroom Pierogies (a slight variation of a recipe by the Smitten Kitchen)

For filling:

  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 2/3 oz dried shiitake mushrooms
  • 1 medium onion, quartered
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 6 oz cremini mushrooms, quartered
  • 1 1/2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 tsbp finely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

For onion topping:

  • 1 lb onions, chopped
  • 1/2 stick (1/4 cup) unsalted butter

For the dough (makes enough for about 48 pierogies or 32 varenikis):

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour plus additional for kneading and rolling
  • 3/4 cup cake flour (not self-rising)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup water

Make the filling: Pour boiling water over shiitake in a small bowl and soak until softened, about 10 to 20 minutes. Drain and squeeze extra water from the mushrooms. Save their water for later.

Finely chop onion and garlic in a food processor, then add the mushrooms and continue to process until finely chopped.

Heat butter in a skillet over moderate heat until foam subsides. Add the mushroom mixture, stirring frequently until the mushrooms are dry (about 10 minutes). Add the reserved mushrooms liquid to the dry mushrooms. Continue cooking until the mixture is dry again (about 15 minutes). Add parsley, salt and pepper to taste. Set aside to cool.

Make the dough: Combine the two flours in a bowl. Make a well in flour and add eggs, salt, and water. Gently stir the eggs and water together, gradually incorporating the flour until a soft dough forms. Turn the dough out onto a floured surface. Knead until the dough is smooth, adding flour as needed to keep it from sticking. Cover with plastic wrap and allow to rest on the countertop for 30 minutes. Dough may be made about 2 hours ahead. Wrap well in plastic wrap and chilled. Bring to room temperature before using.


Roll out dough and fill pierogies: Cut the dough in half, wrapping the one piece in the plastic wrap to keep it moist. Roll out the other piece of dough on a lightly floured surface, about 1/8 inch thick or less. Cut into rounds with a 2.5 inch cookie cutter.  Place one teaspoon of filling in the center of each round. Moisten 1/2 of the edge of each round. Fold the dough round in half and pinch together- moist side to dry side.  Continue until all the dough and filling is used up.

Cook onions and pierogies: Saute onions in butter in a large heavy skillet over moderately low heat, stirring frequently, until golden brown, about 30 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Remove from skillet and set both aside.

Cook pierogies in a large pot of lightly salted boiling water until tender (about 12 to 15 minutes). Transfer with a slotted spoon into the onion skillet. Lightly brown each side of the pierogies in the butter that remains in the skillet. Toss the browned pierogies with the onions and serve with sour cream.


Do ahead: Filling can be made up to a week ahead and chilled. Stuffed pierogies can be frozen on a cookie sheet and then bagged for later use. They last for about a month, if you let them sit there long enough. Thaw before boiling.