Easy Pierogi with Potatoes and Cheese
Pierogi are a type of dumpling made with unleavened dough and filled with a variety of savory or sweet fillings. They are a popular dish in Poland and other countries in Central and Eastern Europe.
For the dough
For the filling
- To make the dough, whisk together the flour and salt in a large bowl. Make a well in the center and add the egg and water. Stir until a dough forms.
- Take the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead for 5-7 minutes, or until smooth and elastic.
- Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and let it rest at room temperature for 30 minutes.
- To make the filling, in a large bowl combine the mashed potatoes, cheese, onion, salt, and pepper. Mix well.
- Roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface to a thickness of about 1/8 inch.
- Cut the dough into 3-inch circles.
- Place a teaspoon of filling in the center of each circle.
- Fold the dough over the filling and pinch the edges to seal.
- Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.
- Add the pierogi to the boiling water and cook for 2-3 minutes, or until they float to the surface. Remove the pierogi from the water with a slotted spoon and drain well.
That step is optional. In a pan heat a tablespoon of oil and fry the pierogi on each side until golden.
Serve hot and enjoy!
- If the dough is too sticky, add more flour.
- If the dough is too dry, add more water.
- Be careful not to overcrowd the pot when cooking the pierogi, or they will stick together.
- If you are not going to serve the pierogi immediately, you can freeze them on a baking sheet. Once they are frozen, you can transfer them to a freezer bag and store them for up to 3 months.
- Don't overfill the pierogi. If you overfill the pierogi, they will be difficult to seal and they may burst open when cooking.
- Don't overcook the pierogi. If you overcook the pierogi, they will be tough.
- The toppings are also important. You can serve pierogi with sour cream, fried onions, applesauce, or your favorite sauce.
- The filling is what makes the pierogi unique. You can experiment with different fillings to find your favorite.
Frequently Asked Questions
Pierogi are often associated with Polish cuisine, but they are popular in many Eastern European countries, including Ukraine, Russia, and Slovakia. Each region may have its own variations and names for these dumplings.
While farmer's cheese or curd cheese are traditional choices, you can experiment with other cheeses like cheddar, mozzarella, or blue cheese for different flavors and textures.
Common toppings for Pierogi include sautéed onions in butter or oil, sour cream, or a dollop of applesauce. Each topping adds its own unique flavor and texture to the dumplings.
Pierogi can be served as either an appetizer or a main course, depending on the portion size and accompanying dishes. In Poland, they are commonly enjoyed as a main course.
Absolutely! Pierogi are highly customizable, and you can fill them with a variety of ingredients, including mushrooms, meat, spinach, or other vegetables, depending on your preferences.