Potato and Cheddar Pierogis

I still remember the first time I had pierogis. I was about 5 and I was with my grandparents at a Polish festival. It was noisy and crowded and I was basically miserable. Until it was time to eat! I couldn’t get enough of the potato filled dumplings and I kept making my grandmother get me more. I’ve loved them ever since. We ate them fairly often as I grew up, but they were usually Mrs. T’s – I only remember eating homemade pierogis a handful of times.

Ever since I started making homemade pasta, I’ve had it in my head that I wanted to try homemade pierogis. I finally did it, and I don’t know why I waited so long – They were really easy to make! I made the dough and the filling over the weekend and refrigerated them. All I had to do after work was roll out the dough, fill them, and boil. You can also freeze the uncooked pierogis after they’re filled and boil them straight from frozen.

I used a recipe from Clean Eating as the starting point for this dish. I liked that their dough didn’t use egg yolks and I loved the idea of combining the potato filling with cauliflower. I also used whole wheat flour in the dough. You could definitely tell they were wheat, but the flavor was still really nice and the pasta had a nice texture. To serve, I pan fried them with some caramelized onions until they turned golden brown and topped them with a teaspoon of melted butter. They’d also be good served with sour cream.

Potato and Cheddar Pierogis

  • 1 large white potato, peeled and cubed
  • 1/2 head cauliflower, chopped
  • 1/2 cup mild cheddar, shredded
  • 2 cups whole white wheat flour
  • kosher salt
  • 3 Tbs fat free Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 c skim milk

For Serving:

  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp butter melted

Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add potato and cauliflower and boil until soft. Drain and mash. Stir in cheddar and some salt. Refrigerate until completely chilled.

Meanwhile, combine flour and salt in a large bowl. Combine sour cream and milk. Stir into flour, working it with your hands until it combines and forms a dough. Knead about 10 minutes or until it becomes smooth. Form into a disk, wrap in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.

Divide dough into quarters. Working with one quarter at a time, roll to a 1/8″ thickness. Cut out circles with a 3″ round cookie cutter. Repeat with remaining dough. Spoon 1 tsp filling onto half the dough rounds, then top with a second round. Pinch the edges together to seal. Transfer pierogis to a large pot of boiling water. Boil for about 5 minutes, or until they float.

Heat oil in a large skillet. Add onions and cook, stirring occasionally, until they begin to caramelize. Add pierogis and cook for about 1 minute on each side until they become golden. Spoon melted butter over top.

Yield: Approx. 15 pierogis

Comments

  1. I breathed a huge sigh of relief when you said they were easy to make :) I love pierogis!!! Plus, my boyfriend is polish so this would be a really nice treat! They look delicious!

  2. these are some good looking pierogis – I need to try and make these but there are so many places to get them here in NYC

  3. Yum yum yum yum yum! Mail me some please!

  4. I love home made pierogies! Whole wheat always winds up too tough for me, after a partiularly, uh, ambitious attempt at whole wheat sweet potato pierogies. I am loving the idea of mixing cauliflower with the potato. It could deffo lighten things up and add some flavor! (although I really have no huge problem with lots of butter, either)

  5. I think I’m in love. What a dynamite recipe.

  6. Natasha - 5 Star Foodie says:

    Yum! I love potato and cheddar pierogis! Homemade are so wonderful! Cauliflower sounds like a great addition too!

  7. I love these! I’ve never made them myself. Yours look perfect. This is exactly how I love mine – with onion, butter and a bit of sour cream.

  8. wow! easy? really? I always thought these stuff are labor-intensive. I must give them a try! and LOVE that you added Greek yogurt in there…yum!

  9. Wow,…they look absolutely amazing & so inviting,….Love them all,…

  10. I never made pierogis…y.ou make it sound so easy…maybe it is time to try. Great pictures…very yummie looking

  11. I want some.

  12. My kids love them! I usually buy them frozen in a box. But, I think I might take a shot at making them!

    Thanks for posting the recipe!

  13. Oh man, I pretty much lived at my grandparents’ house when I was a kid and pierogis were a main staple of our diet. Yours look so much like my grandmother’s…I’m gonna have to get on her to make some…pronto!

  14. My mother said when my brother and I were little, we used sit under the table and she’d pass us pierogis under the table as she made them. Sounds a little pathetic and I have NO recollection of this but at the same time, it’s kind of cute. Yours look especially delic!

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