Basic Pierogi

These pierogies were enjoyed and were meant to be published on Monday, October 8, 2012 – since 10/8 is National Pierogi Day, but life got in the way!

I made these on Monday, photographed a few early so I could post it – and that is where the dedication to this holiday ran out! My M.O.H. and I went Bridesmaid Dress shopping (found one great option). When I got home it was time to finish dinner prep for my parents to come over to celebrate Pierogi Day with us. Earlier in the day, I could not get my main bedroom light to go on (and tried to reset the breaker tons of time). When the men in my life (daddy & Rich) got home I mentioned the light issue to them… 3 hours later we finally sat down to dinner AND lights still out upstairs (yes, still waiting on an electrician to come solve problems).

… So yes, I am making excuses – but that is my reason for not posting these in time for you to celebrate 🙁

Although these were not posted on time for you to celebrate – I am posting them for you now so you can enjoy these some other time. I made the mistake of adding some whole wheat flour to the dough, so I thought that tasted quite strange as well as a negative change to the texture. Also, I would like a little more flavor to the filling. So give this recipe a try (reading Gourmet Connection’s Write-Up on them) but check back after Rich’s (very Polish) co-worker allows me to try his real pierogies (and if I’m lucky – maybe he’ll teach me!?!?)…

Basic Pierogi
  • For the dough:
  • - 3-1/2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
  • - 3 large eggs
  • - 2 tablespoons sour cream
  • - ¾ to 1 cup water
  • For the filling:
  • - 1-1/2 lbs baking potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch slices
  • - 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • - 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • - 1 sweet onion, chopped
  • - 1 clove garlic, minced
  • - 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • - ¾ to 1 cup grated dry farmer's cheese
  • - Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
  1. For the dough:
  2. In a large bowl or mixer, combine the flour, eggs, sour cream and ½ cup of water. Beat the eggs as you mix and gradually add the rest of the water until the mixture is combined.
  3. Turn the dough onto a well floured surface. Knead it gently, using a dropping technique (lift the dough from the surface and drop it down). Knead only until the ingredients are blended and the dough is smooth and slightly sticky, about 3 to 5 minutes. Be careful not to over work the dough.
  4. Wrap the dough ball in plastic wrap and let it rest for at least 20 to 30 minutes while you prepare the filling.
  5. For the filling:
  6. Put the potatoes in a medium pot and add just enough cold, salted water to cover them. Bring to a boil and cook until the potatoes are soft, about 20 minutes.
  7. While the potatoes cook, melt the butter and oil over medium heat in a large saute pan. Add the onion, garlic and thyme, cooking until the onion turns translucent, about 2 minutes. Lower the heat and continue cooking until onions caramelize slightly, about 20 minutes. You may need to add a bit more butter as the onion and garlic mixture cooks. Season with salt and pepper to taste and set aside to cool.
  8. When the potatoes are soft, drain them in a colander and lightly press out the remaining moisture. Return them to the pot, remove from heat and add the cooled onion mixture and the cheese. Mash them just until blended and large lumps are gone. Season again with salt and pepper to taste. Set aside to cool while you roll out the pierogi dough.
  9. Assemble and cook:
  10. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. With lightly floured hands, pinch off tablespoon sized portions of the dough and roll them into balls. The balls should be about 1-1/2 inches in diameter, yielding about 3 dozen total.
  11. On a well floured surface, gently roll each ball with a rolling pin until about ⅛ inch thick and 3-1/2 inches round. Cover the finished rounds with a damp towel so they don't dry out while you're working.
  12. Once your rounds are rolled out, hold each in the palm of your hand, filling the center of it with a generous tablespoon of the potato mixture. Gently fold the round in half, pulling the edges away and pinching them firmly shut to enclose the filling. Be sure the edges are sealed by working from one end to the other.
  13. As you work, set your filled pierogi aside on a floured surface and cover them with plastic wrap.
  14. Working in batches, drop no more than 6 pierogi at a time into the boiling water. After they float back to the surface, allow them to cook another 2 to 4 minutes. Remove the pierogi with a slotted spoon and place on a towel to drain and cool.
  15. Sauté and serve:
  16. To finish the dish, heat a tablespoon or two of butter in a pan over medium heat and briefly sauté them in batches until they are slightly crispy and brown on the exterior. Transfer to a serving dish and serve with lots of sauteed onions on top.
  17. Makes about 3-1/2 dozen

Cooked from Gourmet Connection‘s Write Up on a Family Tradition

One Year Ago – another filled pasta recipe: Homemade Smoked Gouda Ravioli with Garlic Sun-dried Tomato Sauce

And I leave you with this, Today’s Question of the Day… What is your favorite thing to top your pierogies with?


Basic Pierogi — 6 Comments

  1. In response to your question, I like to eat my perogies with (the very healthy) butter. Now, I’m no where near as skilled a cook as you, so I make mine out of a box (Mrs. T’s), but I will only eat them butter. That gets rid of the kind of bland flavor of the outer layer. 🙂

    • I LOVE Mrs. T’s Pierogies too!! Butter is yummy yummy yummy 🙂 We should get together and eat some fatty pierogies some day soon!

  2. I’m glad that I’m not the only one who uses Mrs. T’s perogies !! I just bought some yesterday – on sale, of course ! – at Shoprite.I’m sure that yours are better. LLK

    • I wouldn’t be so sure – sometimes you can’t mess with Mrs. T’s. (and yay for the sales)

  3. I have never made my own perogies either. I like Mrs. T’s and also those from Schwan’s home delivery service. I like to boil them first then saute them in a butter, onion and cabbage mixture until lightly browned. Your recipe looks really yummy.

    • I agree that with sauteed onion is the only way to go – have never added cabbage to that mixture… I’ll have to try that!