Potato and Cheese Pierogies

Wednesday, January 30, 2013


Every year around Easter, my grandparents make an annual trip down to North Philly.  It is there that they visit the Polish market and buy specialty food for themselves and the family.  Then, they make their rounds, dropping off large bags of goodies, specially curated for each family.  

This is truly one of my mom's favorite times of year.  She has prepared for this moment earlier in the week, stocking up on sour cream and sauerkraut   Upon arrival of her Polish goodies, she pushes aside the kielbasa and pound cake.  At the bottom the bag, she finds one of her greatest loves- genuine Polish pierogies.  


Because of this, I always believed that the only pierogi worth eating was a genuine, fresh from the Polish market pierogi.  It never occurred to me that they were something that could be made in the comfort of my own home, especially considering that they'd also have to be gluten-free and vegan to fit the bill in my kitchen.  

But, a little over two years ago, Allyson posted a recipe for gluten-free vegan pierogies.  It was a lifesaver at the time, considering the fact that Dayv had just become gluten-free and vegan, and I was struggling to find food to please his picky tastebuds.  Do you want me to try to make you pierogies?  I remember asking.  The question was met with an enthusiastic YES!


Over two years later, Allyson's pierogi recipe is one I continue to make.  It has never failed me and is one of our all-time favorite dinners in this house.  Although it's a bit of a project that requires multiple steps, it is actually a very easy recipe.  It definitely helps when you have two sets of hands working together, which I love because it's a great excuse to ask Dayv to help me in the kitchen.  While I made the dumplings, he boiled them.  We easily saved over a half hour of time by working together.


Notes:  I'm sure that these pierogies would be delicious with all types of fillings.  I chose the traditional route of mashed potatoes and cheese.  Potato and sauerkraut is another delicious alternative, which also happens to be my mom's favorite.  I make a batch of pierogies at the beginning of the week.  I store the boiled dumplings in an airtight container in the refrigerator, taking a few out every night for dinner.  It is then that I fry them.  

Potato and Cheese Pierogies
makes approximately sixteen
one batch pierogi dough
3 yukon gold potatoes, peeled and diced into 1/2-3/4" cubes
1/2-1 c shredded vegan mozzarella style cheese(we use Teese)
1 1/2 tbsp Earth Balance plus more for frying

In a medium pot, bring water to boil.  Add in potatoes and cook until easily mashed with fork.  Remove from heat, strain, and transfer to a medium sized bowl.  Add Earth Balance.  Using a fork, mash the potatoes until fairly smooth, with still some smaller pieces still intact.

Line a flat surface with parchment paper.  Roll out pierogi dough until approximately 1/4" thick.  Cut dough using small round bowl that is between 4-5" wide(I used a small pyrex bowl).  Place approximately one tablespoon each of mashed potatoes and cheese in the center of each circle.  Fold each circle in half, making sure to keep filling in the center.  Crimp edges until completely sealed.  If desired, use a fork to make cute imprints along the edges.  

Bring a medium pot to boil.  Place two pierogies in at a time and boil until they begin to float to the top of the pot(about 3-5 minutes).  Remove from pot and repeat with remaining pierogies.

To serve: On a large skillet over medium heat, melt a teaspoon of Earth Balance.  Place three pierogies(or more depending on the size of your pan) on the skillet and fry for about 5-6 minutes on each side, or until lightly browned.  Serve with chunky tomato sauce, sauerkraut, vegan sour cream, or whatever strikes your fancy.  Enjoy!

46 comments:

  1. that is such a nice tradition!:) and how cute are these pierogies! i'd love some with a load of sauerkraut:):) and i love to spend some time in the kitchen with hubbs too. those days of working together are so few and so fun.
    My grandma used to make a load of laddoos(sweet chickpea balls) and drop them by around march and then later again in november.. :)

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    1. saurkaut really is the best topping for pierogies ;) i love spending time with dayv in the kitchen, too, and would love to make it more of a habit than a once every 6 months type of thing.

      that's lovely about your grandmother and the laddoos! she sounds like a pretty amazing lady!

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  2. Yum! Those look great. I love pierogies but have never made my own. Thanks for sharing!

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  3. My boyfriend eats pierogies every year at Christmas time. I'll have to show him this recipe. Thanks for sharing!!!

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    1. you're welcome, rachel! i hope you guys enjoy them ;)

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  4. Yum! I love pierogies! I tried making vegan ones years and years ago, and they were quite good. But I'd forgotten all about them. Now that I can eat whatever I want again, I should try these!

    P.S. I added a short paragraph about how the cleanse made me feel to my post. It's not terribly exciting though because, honestly, it didn't feel much different. Healthier, yes. But no matter how much healthier I feel, my soul dies a little when I deny it Daiya. :-)

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    1. oh bianca, you always make me laugh ;) thank you <3

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  5. What a fun family tradition! It never occurred to me to make my own pierogies, Justin loves them but we haven't had them since becoming vegan - thanks for sharing this recipe!

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  6. Pierogies! I have to admit that I usually buy ours frozen, but I've had homemade a few times, and they are clearly worth the time & effort. Must try making them at home for real!

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    1. i actually had a memory recently of one of my best friends in grade school making us pierogies from a frozen package! until remembering this, i thought the only place you could get them was a polish market. haha ;P

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  7. Ohmygosh,those are huge! In a good way though. I love the thought of digging into a plate full of giant pierogies. They're seriously my fave comfort food & thankfully G's mom keeps our freezer stocked with the ones they make at her Slovak church. Awesome to know that there's actually a gluten-free dough recipe that works!

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    1. yeah, they are really freakin huge, haha! i love that the slovic church makes pierogies for the community ;)

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  8. Oh I love pierogies! Yours look amazing. :)

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  9. Yum yum

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  10. Okay, I really really REALLY need to make pierogies. I grew up on them as a kid and they are one of my favorite comfort foods, but I've felt too intimidated to make them myself. I keep seeing them on blogs lately though, so I think it's a sign. :) Although I'm sure mine won't look half as nice as yours!

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    1. you silly lady, your food always looks perfect! i think this is a sign for you to make pierogies, too. and then i'll get to see pretty pictures of them ;)

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  11. These look fantastic! :) I'm a huge fan of pierogies! It's a staple here in Winnipeg. We have a huge Ukrainian population, so homemade pierogies are easy to come by. Love this gluten free version though! I know a number of gluten-free friends will be SO happy to have this recipe on hand! Awesome post! xo

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    1. thanks, courtney! how interesting about the huge population of ukrainians in winnipeg! i'm sure they make amazing pierogies ;)

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  12. These look lovely, Caitlin -- and they look fun to make as well!

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  13. Oh my, you have stolen my heart with these things! I can't wait to make these!

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  14. Wow, these look so yummy! It would be so fun to play around with different fillings.

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  15. These look so tasty! I used to buy the frozen pierogies before I really started cooking, but I haven't had them in a long time. It actually sounds pretty easy to make them yourself though, and the texture of your dough looks much more appealing than the rubbery kind you get with the frozen ones!

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    1. thanks, genevieve! they are simple to make and so much fresher than frozen!

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  16. Ugh your blog is so great! I love the quality photos, the simple recipes. Definitely a new favorite - I can't wait to try your belgian waffle recipe that's a few posts down!

    -Stephanie
    veganstate.blogspot.com

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    1. thanks, stephnaie! you are very sweet <3

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  17. oh yum! this looks so delicious, I've been wanting to make some Pierogies, my mom used to make some when I was younger and oh they were my sister and I favorite !!

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  18. So glad you stopped by my blog so I could find yours!!! These pierogies look fabulous! As do many of your recipes. And I must say that I love your short curly hair- definitely a vintage style that I adore :)

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    1. yay! thank you for stopping by, becky!

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  19. I have never eaten pierogies before, but these look great! And I love sauerkraut, and anything with potatoes and cheese, so I can imagine they're delicious! I need to try these! :-)

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    1. thanks, lady! pierogies are quite interesting little dumplings. i hope you give them a try!

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  20. These sound tasty! I've never made pierogies, I've made potstickers (they seem to be similar), rissoles and other dumplings... But I'll need to try these. Nice blog btw. :)

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    1. thank you! you seem to be the dumpling connoisseur ;)

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  21. I love pierogies so much, but I've only made them from scratch once. When I was vegetarian instead of vegan, I'd often buy them frozen. Yours look so fantastic, and the story that goes with them is so sweet. It makes me want to devote another afternoon to pierogi-making!

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    1. you should devote an afternoon, for sure! making pierogies is so therapeutic ;)

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  22. These look super delicious, and I am just about to make them, but one thing! 1-1/2 vegan cheese. I am guessing you mean this in cups, right? But does this mean one and a half cups? Or one to one-half cups? Or...?

    I'm going to go ahead and make them and just shoot for a sprinkling on each like you have pictured, but wanted to clarify anyway. :) Thank you for the recipe!

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    1. oops! sorry i didn't respond right away! i believe that was a mistype on my part. i'd say 1/2-1 cup cheese, since it can vary so much depending on taste ;) hope you enjoyed them!

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  23. You had me at potatoes and cheese!! :) Though probably not the traditional way to make pierogies, could you possibly bake them instead of fry them? I try to avoid frying things as much as possible.

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    1. hi kylie! i think that would probably work. maybe preheat the oven to 375, brush both sides with olive oil and flip after 7-10 minutes? if you try it, let me know!

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