Making Polish cuisine posh one post at a time: PIEROGI PDF Print E-mail
Written by OHmommy   
Tuesday, 26 January 2010 00:00

I was pleasantly shocked by you, dear readers, at the sheer number of emails/tweets I received from people trying my pickle soup.  And those of you that made my family bigos and even tried my infamous stuffed cabbage.  Your feedback warms my heart.  I'm trying hard to bring you fool-proof recipes that make Polish cuisine posh, one post at a time.


Today I bring to you the potato/cheese pierogi.  Think dumplings filled with awesome cheddar-mashed potatoes.  (You can even use your left over taters!) In Poland they are called "Ruskie Pierogi" which translates into "Russian Pierogi."  Why this filling for pierogis?   Well, many of you requested vegetarian options. pp

The ingredients:


Oil for frying.

6 to 8 Yukon Gold potatoes.

6 to 8 ounces of white shredded cheese. (In lieu of cheddar cheese people like to substitute 8 ounces of cottage cheese)


3 eggs.

3 tablespoons of cream cheese.

3 teaspoons of milk.

2 tablespoon of butter.

Salt to taste.

Sauteed onions.

1.  Boil potatoes, cut in quarters, in salt water.

2.  Prepare the pierogi dough.


Follow closely, this is where it gets tough.  Prepare the dough by adding one egg, one tablespoon cream cheese, one teaspoon milk and 1/2 cup flour. Once all the flour has been worked in, add another 1/2 cup flour, one tablespoon cream cheese and one teaspoon milk. When the dough is well blended, add one egg, one tablespoon cream cheese and another 1/2 cup flour; mix well. Finally, add the remaining egg, one teaspoon milk and 1/2 cup flour.


If dough is too dry, add a little more milk; if too wet, add more flour.


The dough above was too wet (obviously) so we added a lot more flour.  Don't be afraid.  As you can see it's is all over her shirt.  Someone buy her an apron for her third birthday next month!

3.  Roll the dough & separate.


I prefer more filling and less dough so I roll the dough to a 1/8 thickness with a rolling pin and use a cup to cut out each piece, one cup at a time.  The toddler advices you to pound on the cup for an accurate cut into the dough.  Over and over again. And over again.  Place each piece of circled dough on a wax paper.  Make sure, MAKE SURE, each side has enough flour so it doesn't stick.  THIS is the key to making good looking pierogis.  You don't want fugly looking ones!  Set aside.


4.  The filling.


By now, your potatoes are boiled.  Add butter to your liking and add a full 8 oz bag of cheddar white cheese (or 8 oz of cottage cheese in lieu of cheddar) to your taters.  I add my sauteed onions at this point.  Into the mashed potatoes. Nom!  Boil a new pot of water now.

5.  Placing the filling.

Roll the tater mixture into one inch balls and place in the center of each dough cut-out.


6.  Before.  During.  After.


FYI.  This is where you should be at.  Placing a one inch tater filing on-top of a dough mixture.  Tucking the dough over it.  It expands!  Use a fork to secure it's place at the ends.  Being the OCD cook in the family I make sure it's closed by making fork imprints on both sides.  Is your water boiling now?

7.  Boiling.

Add your pierogi to boiling water.  Use a slotted spoon to fish out, one at time.  About 2 to 3 minutes. They are done when they float to the top.  Sometimes you need to give them an extra push by un-sticking them from the pot.  Do so GENTLY.


8.  Frying,

GAH.  This always gets me in trouble!  Let me save you from my impending dilemma. Dry your boiled pierogis with an American paper cloth.  When they are dry... fry them on a low setting.



9.  Toppings.

Saute more onions. Or bacon.  Or sausage.  To sprinkle across the final plate.  Serve with sour cream.



10.  Eat.

Enough said.


.... Smacznego.


Trying to make Polish cuisine posh, one blog post at a time.  Yo!

Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 February 2010 17:34


# Lotus 2010-01-26 00:53
I would eat the hell out of that. But I'm too lazy to make it.

Can I borrow your toddler? :-)

(By the way, I want to see more recipes just so I can see more adorable photos of her cooking with you! I love them.)
# Live to Cook at Home 2010-01-26 01:07
These look delish! My wife comes from a Polish family. There are 10 kids in her family, when you factor in spouses and all their children, there are usually 20-30 people at their normal family get togethers. And there are always pierogis, lots of pierogis. Making the dough and stuffing is easy, but forming them is brutally painful. Her family now makes massive pierogis, I'm talking the size of 4-5 normal pierogis. You can only fry one or two in a pan at a time they are so big. They still taste great but it takes half the time to form them all.
# Maura 2010-01-26 01:36
You know, if you weren't already happily married (and many states away from me), I'd probably try to woo you. I LOVE PIEROGIES!!! I've been promising myself that I would finally try making them since I'm home all day now. You've left me with no reason not to!

While I don't have an adorable little one to help me, I'll let you know how it goes.
# Zoeyjane 2010-01-26 02:49
Pierogies are one of my comfort foods, but I usually skip the frying and just boil them, then add garlic butter and then (gasp) toss them in some ranch-type of dip.

But seriously, Zoë always has to miss out on them, because I only have bought them at the store, and they contain wheat and dairy. Now, I can totally make these from scratch, gluten and dairy-free!

Thank you. But, uh. How many does your recipe end up making, usually?
# Al_Pal 2010-01-26 05:17
Yummeh! My sweetie's family has a background - at least on one side - with ethnic-Germans-from-Ukraine, and they are some pierogi people! I read a bit ago that the Great Lakes + is the "pierogi pocket" of the US!
Sweet. ;)

American paper towel: heh! ;D
# Kakaty 2010-01-26 06:57
O.M.G! I'm drooling and having great memories of my Busia. This is exactly how she made them, usually with cottage cheese. She fried hers in oileo. Another awesome post, Pauline!
# Kelly 2010-01-26 07:38
Yum! Can't wait to try these!
# Jennifer 2010-01-26 08:10
I'm totally trying this out! When I was a kid my mom used to try so many different recipes around the world and pierogies were definitely my favorite! I've always wanted to make some for my children and didn't want to buy the frozen ones.

These look delicious!
# Lisa Gartland 2010-01-26 08:32
I stumbled upon your blog. We are living in Gdansk since September until July. Our neighbors provide us with out of this world pierogies for now. My favorites are MUSHROOM! I will file your recipes for when we return to the US and we get a hankering for all things Polish! :)
# Dziadek 2010-01-26 09:12
A ja bede w Gdansku w lutym.Pozdrawiam
# Kate 2010-01-26 09:00
Yum! I see these showing up at our Superbowl party!
# Jessica B 2010-01-26 09:21
Yum Yum! I love pierogies! Def. will pick up some potatoes from the store. I love recipes like this b/c the ingredients are frequently in my fridge/pantry! Just happens I don't have any potatoes right now...
# Crystal 2010-01-26 09:25
They look wonderful! I love pierogies and I have never made them from scratch. I think I might have to try. Yum!
# Annie 2010-01-26 09:52
I cannot wait to try these! I love pierogies and I'm sure these are 100x better than the frozen ones I cook up.
Thanks for the recipe!
# Katie 2010-01-26 09:54
Can't wait to try these this weekend!! My husband loves piergoies, but I've never attempted them.
# Meg 2010-01-26 10:09
I love pierogies! I know they probably don't compare to home made ones, but trader joes has really good frozen ones! I like dipping them in marinara sauce too, since I would go crazy with the sour cream and gain 10 pounds. yum!
# Becca 2010-01-26 10:15
That was an adorable post!!! It's so fun to watch kids cooking!
# Tesa 2010-01-26 10:55
We love pierogies here at our house. I had never heard of them until I met my husband. His family used to make them every year for Christmas. I've always been a bit intimidated by the thought of making them from scratch but your steps make it look simple. I may give it a try.
# Flea 2010-01-26 10:56
Oh yum yum yum! I wish you'd posted this before Christmas. It took four batches before I figured out how to get the dough just right. But Yum! They were good. I'll have to try your method next year!
# Emmy 2010-01-26 11:14
Oh I love love love these!!! I often buy them from the store, but now I can make my own. thank you!

And she actually looks like she is pretty helpful, impressive.
# MommyTime 2010-01-26 11:31
These look delicious and gorgeous. Also, I find it funny that this seems like a LOT of work to me, and yet I thought nothing of suggesting to my kids a week ago that we make homemade ravioli. Which is basically exactly the same work as this, except in Italian. :)
# Kirsten 2010-01-26 12:14
Those look delicious! I might give them a try this weekend.
# PJ Mullen 2010-01-26 12:27
The expressions on her face are priceless. I can't wait to have my little man help in the kitchen. I'm going to have to try these, I'm starving now.
# Jeni Hill Ertmer 2010-01-26 12:30
I don't know if it is the fear of trying to make pierogies from scratch or just plain laziness but I've always just bought and cooked the frozen ones. But I love 'em and so do the grandkids too! Regardless of whether I would try to make 'em or use frozen, I always saute a lot of onions, green peppers and mushrooms -in lots of butter (great for a lo-cholesterol diet -or any diet. NOT!) and serve them with the sauted stuff for over top of them -along with cooking up some polish sausages at the same time! One of the best ever in the comfort foods department -just not one of the best comfort foods with the work involved though. One of these days, I'll get brave and try doing them from scratch though and I'll use your recipe to do that! Step-by-step instructions -just what I need. Now, how about your recipe for Haluski? There's another favorite comfort food of mine too. Hard to believe my ancestry is Swedish as much as I love Polish food, isn't it?
# Scary Mommy 2010-01-26 12:58
I am drooling. And could she be any cuter!?!
# amy2boys 2010-01-26 13:30
My auntie makes Periogis (she's Serbian). I am so trying this!!
# Kristin K 2010-01-26 16:39
Holy crap. THAT LOOKS SOOOOOO GOOD. Thanks for another great recipe!
# clarkinfestedwaters 2010-01-26 16:58
Double the carbs, Double the yum. I will be trying this one for sure! Although, I can't promise the same beautiful presentation. I envy you.
# Kate Coveny Hood 2010-01-26 17:48
I LOVE these. And I'm totally going to try to make them. But not with my children thanks...
# Cate 2010-01-26 18:01
Our Christmas tradition is to make pierogies (we use sour cream for the dough though, no cc). We made about 12 dozen in December and there are only a few left. In fact, I think I'll fry up the rest for dinner tonight! Yum.
# Mrs Lemon 2010-01-26 18:52
That looks so yummy and easy! My son would definitely eat these.
# Draft Queen 2010-01-26 19:53
I'm drooling. Will Fifi come over to my place and cook some of these up for me? I'll throw in an apron!
# Patty Ann 2010-01-26 20:13
Looks so delicious, I am definitely going to try this recipe.
# Stephanie 2010-01-26 20:23
Mmmm. My grandma (whose name also happens to be Pauline!) fills hers with kraut with onions and just a bit of potato (1 potato to 4 pounds of kraut!) to cut the sourness. I need to get together with her to make some soon! I can't buy Mrs. T's or order pierogi out because nothing tastes as good as homemade.

So, will we be seeing a post three weeks from now for Paczki Day? Or is that in your archives somewhere?
# allison 2010-01-26 21:09
my boyfriend thinks I'm the weird one who likes mine fried. We always had them like that growing up.

P.S. She is a great little cook.
# alyssa 2010-01-26 22:59
My daughter LOVES pierogies!She has been on the pierogie diet- everyday picky 4yr old never fails... I am so going to try this with her!
# Sarah 2010-01-27 00:10
Oh my gosh, they look delicious! Could eat the screen.
# jimaie 2010-01-27 00:59
omg, i could EAT HER UP! The cuteness is ridiculous.

These look so so so good, i'm going to have to try them!! PUtting them on the menu for next week, mmm!
# Kim 2010-01-27 09:59
Pierogies are up in my top five favorite foods.. I must try this..
# Tiffany 2010-01-27 20:00
These look really delicious. My in-laws are visiting (and my hubby is away on business for the entire visit!) so I'm looking for creative things for dinner. I think I will try these tonight. Thanks so much for sharing this. Can't wait to hear about more recipes!
# Lady Mama 2010-01-28 00:41
I made these for dinner tonight! First time I've tried pierogies. They were yummy. Only thing is, I've been snacking on them this evening too.... Thanks for the recipe.
# KLT 2010-01-28 14:54
I love pierogies. Especially when my husband's Babcia makes them. I want my husband to learn how since he's a better cook than I. I may have to try your recipe.

I admire your ability to cook with your toddler. My daughter is 7 and she loves to help in the kitchen but her tendancy to jump ahead frustrates me to no end.
# Jayme 2010-01-28 17:23
Those look fantastic! I am 50% Polish and my 100% Jewish husband is a pierogi fanatic. I am going to have to try to make these! I little fried pierogi is good for you!
# Jessica 2010-01-29 21:51
Being a fellow polish gal these look great! never had homemade though but this recipe looks super easy and fun. Your little one is too cute!!
# kristin 2010-01-30 14:18
Oh. my. I may never buy the frozen ones again!
# Holly 2010-01-30 15:25
Those look so much better than the Mrs. T's we grab out of the freezer section. I really need to try this.
# Kirsten 2010-02-02 12:02
They look yummy, I am most definitely trying them this week. Gosh, I wish my almost-three-year-old was as brilliant in the kitchen! Perhaps will try making them with her tomorrow...
# Shirley Trzeciak 2013-06-24 00:25
Haven't had the "homemade" pirogi is ages....... have to try this recipe!! Thank You ;)

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Pauline Karwowski.

Is a self proclaimed globe trotting, minivan driving, SAHM stiletto ho.

Happily married mother to 3 Cleveland natives: Jay the son, Lola the daughter, and Fifi the banshee.

Now in Chicago, IL.

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