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Homemade Pierogi

Making your own Homemade Pierogi - Polish dumplings filled with potato and cheese - is easier than you might think and so worth it. Once you try them, you may never want to buy pierogies again!
Prep Time45 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 45 mins
Servings: 36 pierogi (approximately)
Calories: 91kcal
Author: Michelle / Now Cook This!

Ingredients

Filling:

  • pounds peeled russet potatoes (about 1¾ to 2 pounds unpeeled), cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 4 ounces shredded extra sharp cheddar cheese
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Dough:

  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup lukewarm water

To Fry One Dozen Finished Pierogi:

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter

Instructions

Make the Filling:

  • Cook the potatoes in boiling salted water until fork-tender, about 10 to 15 minutes. Drain and return to the hot pot and allow them to dry for a few minutes (you don't want the potatoes to be wet or you will end up with loose filling). Note: While the potatoes are cooking, prepare the dough and start it resting to save some time.
  • Add the cheese to the potatoes and mash until the cheese is incorporated and the potatoes are smooth. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Set aside to cool while you prepare the dough.

Make the Dough:

  • Before you make the dough, put a large pot of salted water on to boil for cooking the pierogi, so it is ready when you are. I use an 8-quart pot filled about halfway.
  • In a large bowl, combine the flour and salt.
  • In a small bowl or measuring cup, whisk together the egg and water.
  • Add the egg mixture to the flour mixture. Stir until the dough comes together in a smooth, not-very-sticky ball (you can use your hands if you'd like or find it easier). Be careful not to over-work the dough, as that can make it tough.
    Note: If it is too dry and is not coming together, add water, a little bit at a time, until it does. If it is too wet and sticky, add flour, a little bit at a time.
  • Cover the bowl with a damp clean towel and let the dough rest for 30 minutes (or you can wrap the dough in plastic wrap).
  • Divide the dough in half. Place one half of the dough on a lightly floured surface. Lightly sprinkle the top of the dough with flour so the rolling pin doesn't stick. Keep the other half of the dough in the bowl covered with the damp towel (or wrapped in plastic wrap) so it doesn't dry out.
  • Roll the dough out to ⅛-inch thickness. Tip: You may find this easier if you roll it out about halfway, lightly flour it, flip it over, and then roll it out the rest of the way.
  • Using a 3½-inch round cutter, cut the dough into as many circles as possible. Gather the scraps into a ball and put them in the covered bowl (or wrap with plastic wrap) so they don't dry out in case you need to use them.
  • Place about 1 tablespoon of the cooled potato and cheese filling on one half of each dough circle. Tip: put it on the side of the dough that has the least amount of flour - this will make the pierogi easier to seal.
  • Fold the dough over the filling, stretching it a little if needed, and pinch the edges to seal. Pinch tightly and make sure they are sealed very well so they don't open up when boiling. Place the pierogi on a lightly floured surface so they don't stick until ready to boil.
  • Repeat with the remaining dough and filling, rolling out the dough scraps if you need to. Note: the scraps might be a little harder to roll since the dough was already rolled once.
  • About a dozen at a time, place the pierogi in the boiling water. Give them a gentle, quick stir so they don't stick to each other or the bottom of the pot, and then cook until they float to the top. Once they float to the top, let them cook for another minute.
  • Using a slotted spoon, remove the pierogi from the water and place them on a wire rack to cool and dry (or you can eat them immediately if you aren't going to fry them). Once cooled, freeze any pierogi you don't plan to eat immediately/today (see notes below).
  • To fry a dozen pierogi, melt 1 tablespoon of butter and 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium heat (I use an 11 to 12-inch skillet). Add the pierogi in a single layer and cook until lightly golden on both sides. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • If desired, serve with sauteed onions.

Recipe Notes

  • Be sure you have 1½ pounds of potatoes after they are peeled. Otherwise, you may not have enough filling.
  • I use extra sharp cheddar cheese because I think it adds the best flavor, but you can use any type of cheese that you like.
  • If you'd like to use an electric mixer to make the dough, place the flour, salt, egg, and water in the mixer bowl. Using the dough hook, mix until the dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl and comes together into a smooth, not-very sticky ball, adding water or flour, if needed, a little at a time to get to the right consistency. 
  • To freeze: Once cooled and dried, place a dozen (or less - whatever will fit) in a single layer in a gallon-sized freezer bag, remove as much air as possible, and freeze. They should last for several months. Cook frozen pierogi in boiling water until they float, and then fry, if desired.  
  • Estimated calories shown are for 1 pierogi fried in oil and butter. Estimated calories per pierogi before frying is 73.
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