My Version of My Friend Jon's Polish Stir-Fry and Pierogis Pot Stickers with Herbs and Sour Cream

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  • Total: 30 min
  • Prep: 15 min
  • Cook: 15 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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3 tablespoons softened butter

1 package frozen pierogis, potato filled dumplings -- any brand or variety

1 1/2 pounds kielbasa, cut in large slices on an angle

1 tablespoon vegetable oil, 1 turn of the pan

1 tablespoon butter

1 large red onion, quartered and sliced

1 1/2 pounds kale, trimmed and coarsely chopped

1 pound sauerkraut, drained

1 teaspoon ground mustard or 2 tablespoons prepared spicy brown mustard

1 teaspoon sweet paprika, 1/3 palm full

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill or 2 teaspoons dried dill leaves

2 tablespoons chopped chives

A handful of parsley leaves, chopped

1 cup sour cream


  1. Cover the bottom of a skillet with softened butter. Arrange pierogis in the pan in a single layer. Add 1 cup water to the pan. Cover pan and place over medium high heat. Cook covered 8 minutes, remove lid and cook out any liquid in the pot.
  2. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium high heat. Brown kielbasa and remove from pan. Cover kielbasa with foil to keep warm. Drain fat and add 1 tablespoon vegetable oil and 1 tablespoon butter. Raise heat to high. Add onion to the pan and saute for a few minutes to soften. Add chopped kale in batches as it wilts into the pan. When kale is wilted, add sauerkraut. Season stir-fry with mustard, paprika, salt and pepper. Return kielbasa to pan. Toss to combine and transfer to a serving platter.
  3. Let the pierogis "stick" and brown in the butter as the liquid evaporates. Remove crisp pierogis from heat to a plate.
  4. Stir together the chopped herbs and sour cream and season with salt and pepper. Serve with pierogis.