September 11, 2007

A quick mushroom-liver pirozhki

A quick mushroom-liver pirozhki

Makes 12 servings.

Pirozhki are small turnovers that are baked rather than boiled. Their savory, rich mushroom filling packs a big punch within a pastry.

Dough: 1 can Pillsbury Pizza Crust, 1 egg.

Filling: 1/2 small onion, finely chopped, 1 lb cremini mushrooms, finely chopped (1 1/4 cups), 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, 1/4 lb chicken livers, rinsed, trimmed, and finely chopped, 1/4 teaspoon salt3/4 teaspoon black pepper

Make filling:Cook onion and mushrooms in butter in a 10-inch heavy skillet over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until browned well and mushrooms are completely dry, about 15 minutes.
Add livers and cook, stirring frequently, until just browned, 2 to 3 minutes. Cool slightly, then pulse in food processor just until mixture holds together, add egg white. Stir in salt and pepper and cool completely, uncovered, about 20 minutes.

Put oven rack in middle position and preheat oven to 375°F.Divide dough into 12 pieces. Roll out each piece into a flat circle. Put 1-2 teaspoons filling in the center of a circle, then fold round over filling to form a hald of moon, pressing edges with your fingers to seal. Brush tops of dough lightly with egg yolk. Bake until pirozhki are golden, about 25 minutes (edges will open slightly during baking). Cool on a rack to warm, about 15 minutes.

For those, who are enough passionate, I can offer to make a dough:

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour plus additional for rolling out dough, 1 stick (1/2 cup) cold unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch cubes, 1 teaspoon salt, pinch of sugar, 7 tablespoons sour cream, 1 large egg beaten with 1 tablespoon water for egg wash.

Blend together flour, butter, salt, and sugar in a bowl with your fingertips or a pastry blender (or pulse in a food processor) just until mixture resembles coarse meal with some roughly pea-size butter lumps. Stir in sour cream with a fork just until a dough forms. Turn out dough on a lightly floured work surface and roll out with a lightly floured rolling pin into a 6- by 4-inch rectangle. Fold into thirds like a letter, then roll out and fold in same manner 2 more times. Chill dough, wrapped in plastic wrap, until firm, at least 1 hour.

Roll out dough on a lightly floured work surface with a lightly floured rolling pin into a roughly 13-inch round (3/4 inch thick). Cut out rounds with cutter. Put 1 level teaspoon filling in center of 1 round, then fold round over filling to form a half moon, pressing edges with your fingers to seal. Repeat with remaining rounds and filling in same manner, rerolling and cutting scraps once. Arrange 1/2 inch apart on an ungreased baking sheet, then brush tops of dough lightly with egg wash. Bake until pirozhki are golden, about 25 minutes (edges will open slightly during baking).

Cool on a rack to warm, about 15 minutes.
Cooks' notes:
  • Dough can be chilled up to 2 days.

  • Filling can be made 2 days ahead and cooled completely, uncovered, then chilled, covered.

  • Pirozhki can be assembled (but not baked) and chilled on a baking sheet, covered, up to 1 day or frozen on baking sheet until frozen hard, then gently transferred to a sealed plastic bag and kept, frozen, up to 1 week. Thaw on baking sheet 30 minutes before baking.

Быстрые пирожки с грибами и куриной печенкой
На 12 пирожков.

Тесто: 1 фирменная упаковка теста для пиццы "Pillsbury Pizza Crust", 1 яйцо. Вы можете найти это тесто почти во всех супермаркетах Америки, если и Вас возникли затруднения, то Вы можете использовать любое дрожжевое тесто для пиццы. Вам понадобится почти 500 грамм теста.

Начинка: 1/2 небольшой мелко нарезанной луковицы, 450 грамм свежих мелко нарезанных грибов, 3 столовые ложки сливочного масла, 100 грамм свежей мелко нарезанной куриной печенки, 1/4 чайной ложки соли и 3/4 чайной ложки свеже молотого черного перца.

Разогреть сливочное масло на сковороде и поджарить лук в течении 3-5 минут, затем добавить грибы и продолжать жарить в течении 15 минут. К полученной массе добавить печенку и жарить пока печень не будет коричневого цвета. Снять с огня, немного остудить, посолить и поперчить. Провернуть в кухонном комбайне, добавить яичный белок.

Нагреть духовку до 375Ф. Разделить тесто на 12 частей, и каждую из них раскатать. Положить 1-2 чайной ложки начинки в центр и сформировать пирожки. Помазать пирожки яичным желтком. Запекать в духовке в телении 25-30 минут. Дать остынуть в течении 15 минут.

Эти пирожки прекрасно сочетаются с овощным супом или куриным бульоном.
My idea and recipe from Gourmet December 2006


Pille said...

Oh, Alla, I know I'd love these pirozhki immensely!!! I'm making very similar cute little mushroom pierogi (see here), but I've never used chicken livers in the filling. A great idea, however, as I can see the creaminess it'd add to the filling.

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

That sounds interesting! Delicious! I love pirozhki and liver, so I'm sure I'd enjoy those...