Wednesday, January 17, 2018

How To Make Authentic Homemade Pierogies - Family Recipe!

There is nothing in the world better than an old family recipe of comfort food. I can't even begin to describe the amount of yum going on here today. Have you ever had a really REALLY good homemade pierogi? If you have, then you will already know what I am talking about. If you haven't, then you are missing out!

The recipe is simple, and does not take very long to make. I think a lot of people don't realize this, because if they did, you would hear about people making homemade pierogies all the time! 

For those who've never heard of them before, pierogi (aka pierogies) are a kind of dough dumpling stuffed with a filling; most commonly potatoes and cheese. They are often pan cooked with onions in butter and served with sour cream on the side.

To make pierogies you first make a dough and set it aside in the refrigerator, and then make the filling. Then you put them together, boil them briefly in boiling water, and then pan fry them or keep them in the refrigerator until ready to use. Most importantly, be sure to share some with family or friends! 

Below is our recipe to share. My daughter and I made these on Christmas eve. I figured I would snap some photos while we were making them so that we could share the recipe and process with you. Be sure to get everyone in the house to help! 

Here's how you do it:

First make the dough: 
2 cups flour
3/4 cup sour cream
1 large egg
1/4 cup olive oil
1/2 teaspoon salt (kosher or sea salt are best)
Mix all ingredients together to form a dough. Knead dough on a lightly floured surface for a few minutes until smooth. Wrap dough in plastic wrap and place in refrigerator for about 30 minutes while you make the filling. 

Next make the filling:
1 pound potatoes, peeled and cubed (I use 3-4)
1 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese
1 Tablespoon butter
2 Tablespoons milk
Salt and pepper to taste

Place cubed potatoes in pot, cover with water, and add 1 teaspoon salt to the water. Cover and simmer until potatoes are fork-soft, about 10-15 minutes.  Drain potatoes and add to mixer (you can also mash them by hand in the pot using a potato masher if you prefer.)
Add 1 T. butter, the shredded cheese, 2 T. milk, and salt and pepper to the potatoes and mash until smooth. 

This filling looks perfect!

Now let's make the perogies:
Roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface. 
We split our dough into two balls and rolled them out one at a time to make it more manageable.

I like to roll it to just under 1/8 in thickness. Not too thin or you will get holes in your pierogies —too thick and they will be too doughy. Practice makes perfect!

Use the rim of a glass, cup or cookie cutter to cut circles from the dough that are about 3 inches in diameter.

Use your fingers to press the dough circles a little larger if needed. Our first ones were a bit thick so we either stretched them out a bit, or re-rolled them. 

Now it's time to fill them! Get a custard cup or small bowl of water for your workspace. Scoop up about a tablespoon size dollop of filling and roll into a ball. Place filling inside your dough circle. Brush the edges of your dough circle with a few drops of water. Fold one side of your dough circle over to create a half-moon shape.

Press down on the edges to seal, making sure to also gently press the air out. Use a fork to gently seal the seams.

I place a clean linen dishcloth on a cookie sheet and place my filled pierogies on it while I work. 

These are ready for the next step - boiling them in water to cook the dough. Make sure all seams are closed and that there are no holes in the dough, or the filling will come out when you boil them.

Fill a large soup pot about 2/3 full with water and bring to a rolling boil. Add about a teaspoon of salt to the water. Once the water is boiling, carefully add your pierogies, in batches of 5 or 6 at a time, and boil for about 3-4 minutes. 

Remove the pierogies from the boiling water with a slotted spoon. I place mine in a colander that is on a plate to drain them. Next, drizzle the cooked pierogies with a tablespoon or two of olive oil so that they do not stick together! 

How I cook my pierogies:  I melt 1 to 2 tablespoons of butter in a medium sized fry pan on medium-low heat and then add a small chopped onion. 

I cook the onion slowly, stirring occasionally, until it begins to turn translucent, and then I add my pierogies and cook, flipping once or twice, until both sides are slightly golden brown. Serve with sour cream.

If you like, you can cook them for a shorter period and have softer pierogies. I like them kind of crispy and with my onions dark. It's just a matter of personal preference! 

This is how I like mine! 

Pierogie making in action!

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Have you ever made homemade pierogies?
What do you think?

Have a great week!

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  1. Hi!
    I laughed reading this post, because we made pierogi all the time - it's our national dish - and there are other recipes in each family:) I come from Poland.
    Pierogi with this fillins we call russian pierogi, but in the countries of the former Soviet Union they call polish pierogi :)))
    You dont have to put to dough cream and oil. Flour, egg, salt and water are enough. And such dough is easier to work.
    Try other fillings too. My favorite is: 1) boiled buckwheat + cottage cheese or sheep cheese + fried onion; 2) fruits: for example, strawberries or pieces of apples (raw), - such pierogas You can serve with melted butter and sugar, delicious! 3) cabbage and mushrooms -christmas pierogi :)))
    I have a request: bacause my English is very poor (I thing not only my) put a translator on your website. Please! I read your posts with pleasure, but I do not understand everything :(

    1. Thanks for visiting! I added the translator, I hope it works! We also make them with different fillings, the potato and cheese is our favorite!

  2. I have had homemade pierogies made by a lady who used to bring them in to her son. He was a patient on our VA
    Hospital Ward. No cheese but potatoes mashed with browned onion. They were really good. She did make the cabbage ones too. Could they be steamed like Chinese Ravioli's, do you think? My treatment team has outlawed all fried foods. My Triglycerides are super elevated along with my blood pressure. Perhaps you could post some other Fillings, the fruit ones sound interesting, too. One other thing what kind of a meal do you serve pierogies with? Are they the main course or a side. Do they go with Soups & Stews?. Can they have meat fillings?, I am allergic to Cow dairy protein but can use plant based milks or cheeses from goats & sheep? BTW love your jewelry.

    1. Hi! They are usually the main course when we make them because they are so delicious and filling, but some people also serve them with sausage or kielbasa. These aren't really "fried" so to speak, more like sauteed. I haven't made the fruit ones, but I think apple might be nice to try.

    2. and yes, you can also steam them. Once you boil them they are actually edible!


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