Polish Potato Dumplings (Pierogi)

Polish Potato Dumplings (Pierogi)

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About this recipe: This recipe has been a family favorite passed on from generation to generation. We traditionally make these for Christmas, but they can be made for any special event. There's some work involved but the outcome is rewarding! After the pierogis have boiled, they can be fried in some butter and onions or served with sour cream.


Makes: 48 pierogies

  • Sauerkraut Filling
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/3 cup chopped onion
  • 1 1/2 cups sauerkraut, drained and minced
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • Potato Filling
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 2 cups cold mashed potatoes
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon white pepper
  • Dough
  • 3 egg
  • 225 gms sour cream
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder

Prep:25min  ›  Cook:15min  ›  Extra time:1hr other  ›  Ready in:1hr40min 

  1. To prepare the sauerkraut filling, melt the butter in a skillet over medium heat. Stir in the onion, and cook until translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the drained sauerkraut and cook for an additional 5 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper, then remove to a plate to cool.
  2. For the mashed potato filling, melt the butter in a skillet over medium heat. Stir in the onion, and cook until translucent, about 5 minutes. Stir into the mashed potatoes, and season with salt and white pepper.
  3. To make the dough, beat together the eggs and sour cream until smooth. Sift together the flour, salt, and baking powder; stir into the sour cream mixture until dough comes together. Knead the dough on a lightly floured surface until firm and smooth. Divide the dough in half, then roll out one half to 1/8 inch thickness. Cut into 3 inch rounds using a biscuit cutter.
  4. Place a small spoonful of the mashed potato filling into the center of each round. Moisten the edges with water, fold over, and press together with a fork to seal. Repeat procedure with the remaining dough and the sauerkraut filling.
  5. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add perogies and cook for 3 to 5 minutes or until pierogi float to the top. Remove with a slotted spoon.
  6. Tip: To save time, I make my filling the night before and remove it from fridge an hour before making the dough. Also, if you can't find sauerkraut, you can use the Punjabi 'moolikanda', which is basically grated radish marinated in lemon juice, salt, turmeric and vinegar.

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