I doubt this is what Billy Mays had in mind.

March 16, 2009 at 3:19 am (Cooking, Shenanigans) (, , , , , , )

My brother Adam gave me a Pancake Puff maker for my birthday.

“What 20 year old would want something like that?”
The answer: this one.

I made pancakes, of course, just to test it out. And they turned out great! Aside from me squishing the life out of the first few. Usually when I make pancakes, I fill my apartment with smoke. Not this time!
After that, the logical leap would be muffins, or brownies, or something similar. But what fun is that?
So I made makeshift pancake puff-esq pierogis. And they were awesome.


  • 2 tubes of your choice of crescent roll dough. (I used the generic brand I got at Aldi’s.)
  • 2 cups instant mashed potatoes. (you could probably use real mashed potatoes? I did this on a whim.)
  • 1 cup of shredded cheese. (I used Cheddar!)
  • ½ cup diced onion (I used frozen Shop Rite kind.)
  • Butter or oil to coat wells of pan. (I used butter.)
  • Sour cream for dipping.

What to do:

  • Heat pan on low, melting butter.
  • Put onions onto pan, letting them brown
  • Make your mashed potatoes as directed on the box. Stir in cheese.
  • Unroll your crescents, separating them into triangles.
  • Place a heaping tea spoon of mashed potatoes into center of each triangle.
  • Fold corners into center, creating a ball. Make sure the mashed potatoes are fully sealed in.
  • Turn heat up slightly. Place the dough balls into the wells.
  • Using your flip-sticks (aka skewers) cook your pierogis until they are browned.
    [NOTE: You will need to flip more than once, or they will burn.]
  • Allow to cool, then serve with sour cream, and preferably kielbasa and sauerkraut.

[Note: The pan gets very, very hot. Please be careful. Don’t be like me.]

This was much easier than trying to deep fry them and harming myself, or trying to cook them on the foreman grill and squishing them flat. You could also do this sans the onions, but that was always the way my Mom cooked them. Oh man, so many pierogies…feeding 4 large Slavic men. We’d go through dozens. So delicious.

The hex is done! I have begun making non-voodoo dolls. If I ever figure out a good system I will, of course, post it.


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