One of my good friends shared her family recipe and the history of pierogies in her family - absolutely had me in awe! Linda hosts periodic pierogie parties - lining up workers in her beautiful kitchen - each one trained for their task, and they pump out 400 of these during an exhausting day of flour, fun and memories.
The hard and time-consuming task is making these beauties, but once you have a taste of the finished product, you will always want more! (And I'm guessing that a supply waiting in the freezer makes everyone REALLY happy!)
Apple Kielbasa is so easy to make - slice up two pounds of your favorite smoked kielbasa and brown in a skillet. Mix 1/2 cup of brown sugar into 3 cups of unsweetened applesauce. Layer the kielbasa, onions and applesauce mixture in a slow cooker; set to low and cook for 4 to 6 hours.
If you are using frozen homemade pierogies, thaw by putting them in boiling water for a few minutes. When they rise to the top, remove with a slotted spoon and drain in a colander.
Heat a couple of tablespoons of butter and olive oil in a large frying pan. When hot, layer the pierogies in a single layer and saute until golden and just starting to brown a little; flip and saute the other side until golden.
Even after my "tentative" eaters had tried a bite, they were scrambling for more....and begging for me to make these again soon.
Hope that you enjoy this wonderful and old-fashioned homemade treat as much as we did!