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From: http://pittsburgh.about.com/od/recipes/r/pierogies.htm

2 cups flour, plus extra for kneading and rolling dough
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 large egg
1/2 cup sour cream, plus extra to serve with the pierogi
1/4 cup butter, softened and cut into small pieces
butter and onions for sauteing
ingredients for filling

Pierogi Dough:
To prepare the pierogi dough, mix together the flour and salt. Beat the egg, then add all at once to the flour mixture. Add the 1/2 cup sour cream and the softened butter pieces and work until the dough loses most of its stickiness (about 5-7 minutes). You can use a food processor with a dough hook for this, but be careful not to overbeat. Wrap the dough in plastic and refrigerate for 20-30 minutes or overnight; the dough can be kept in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. Each batch of dough makes about 12-15 pierogies, depending on size.

Roll the pierogi dough on a floured board or countertop until 1/8″ thick. Cut circles of dough (2″ for small pierogies and 3-3 1/2″ for large pierogies) with a cookie cutter or drinking glass. Place a small ball of filling (about a tablespoon) on each dough round and fold the dough over, forming a semi-circle. Press the edges together with the tines of a fork.

Boil the perogies a few at a time in a large pot of water. They are done when they float to the top (about 8-10 minutes). Rinse in cool water and let dry.

Quick Tomato Sauce

This was from America’s Test Kitchen. It’s super fast and easy to add other goodies.

1 28 oz can crushed tomatoes
1/4 cup grated onion
2 tbls butter
1/4 tsp oregano
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cloves garlic
1/4 teaspoon sugar
1 tbl olive oil
2 tbls minced garlic
Salt/pepper to taste

Melt butter in a saucepan, grated onion and oregona and cook till onions turn brown. Add 1/2 teaspoon table salt and press garlic into pot. Cook 30 seconds to release flavor.
Add crushed tomatoes and sugar. Turn to high heat and bring to quick simmer.
Turn to med-low and cook for 10 minutes to thicken.
Take off heat and add olive oil and basil. Salt/pepper to taste.