Potato, Cheese, Sausage Piroshky


½ onion chopped

1 Tbs vegetable oil

1 pound sausage, drain the fat

½ tsp salt

½ tsp pepper

2 packages yeast

4-5 cups flour

2 Tbs sugar

1 tsp salt

1 egg

3 Tbs additional vegetable oil

1/4 cup warm water

1 ½ cups milk

2 cups shredded peeled potatoes

1 cup grated cheddar cheese

1. In a skillet, brown onion, set aside

2. Brown sausage, drain grease, then add onion

3. Brown potatoes until beginning to get soft, add to sausage mixture. Set aside

1. In small ceramic or glass bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water and let stand about 11 minutes

2. In a large bowl or mixer bowl, place 4 cups of flour, sugar, salt, egg, the remaining oil, water/yeast mixture, and the milk; mix together (using dough hook or hand, adding additional flour as needed to make dough soft but not sticky.

3. Knead, either for 10 minutes by turning out onto a floured board and doing it by hand, or by using a dough hook in a mixer on slow speed for 6 to 7 minutes, or use your bread machine to make it easy.

4.Place in a large bowl, cover with a towel, and let rise for 45 minutes to 1 hour; punch down.

5. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

To Make Piroshky
1. To fill Piroshky, pinch off a piece of dough about the size of an egg and roll out to 1/8 inch thick, then place 2 Tbs filling in center.

2. Lift up the edges of the dough and bring it up to the top, pinching together tightly to completely enclose the filling so the dough knits together.

3. Place the Piroshky on a microwave-safe dish or tray, seam-side down, and microwave for 10 seconds; remove from microwave, and let rise for 10 minutes.

4. Repeat Piroshky construction for remainder of ingredients.

5. Place risen Piroshky (all of them) on a non-stick baking sheet and bake at 350 degrees F until golden brown, about 15 to 20 minutes, depending on your ovenP