March 17th, 2011

Potato Pierogi With Caramelized Onions

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Makes around 30 pierogi

This is originally from Vegan Brunch. For some reason I love to make pierogi during Easter. I can’t be alone in that, so I’m publishing this recipe now to give you plenty of planning time.

This is everyone’s favorite Polish dumpling. Toothsome, warm, soft and smothered in caramelized onions – yep, that’s the stuff! In NYC, pierogis are a brunch staple. Polish diners are a disappearing breed, but you can live the life in your own kitchen.

This is one of those time-consuming recipes that will change your life. If you make them once and know what to expect, the next time you make them won’t be such a big deal. Because the ingredients are so simple and unadulterated, choose good quality, organic potatoes whose flavor packs the most punch.

Make filling and dough a night in advance, then all you have to do in the morning is boil pierogis and make the caramelized onions.

For the Caramelized Onions:
1/4 cup canola oil
2 lbs sweet onions (Vidalia or Walla Walla), diced medium

For the Dough:
3 Tablespoons canola oil
1 cup warm water
3 cups all purpose flour (plus a little extra for sprinkling)
3/4 teaspoon salt

1 1/2 lbs yukon gold potatoes, peeled and sliced, cut into 3/4 inch chunks
1/4 cup canola oil
1 small onion, finely chopped
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoons salt

To serve:

To make the caramelized onions:
This is kind of an art, so don’t rush it! Since they onions can be left alone for intervals, start them before starting the dough, then take breaks from kneading the dough to stir the onions. The basic idea here is to sweat the onions, which means you’ll be gently cooking them, covered over low heat, and a lot of the cooking will be done from the steam as the moisture is released. You’re coaxing the sweetness out of them and locking it in. It looks like a lot of onion, and it is, but everything will cook down to manageable proportions, I promise. If you’ve never tasted caramelized onions, you might be surprised that an onion is even capable of this deep, sweet complexity, and with only two ingredients flavor.

Preheat a heavy bottomed skillet, preferably cast iron, skillet over low heat. Add the oil and the onions and toss the onions to coat. Cover and cook for 20 minutes, leaving a little gap for steam to escape. Stir occasionally, every 5 minutes or so. Onions should turn a nice mellow amber, but not burn, although a couple of darker spots are fine.

Remove the cover and turn the heat up just a bit, to a medium setting. Stir often for 10 more minutes. Onions should become a darker amber, and some of the moisture should evaporate.

Make the filling:
In a medium sized pot, cover potatoes in water. Place a lid on the pot and bring to a boil. Once boiling, lower heat to simmer and cook for about 15 more minutes or until potatoes are easily pierced with a fork.

Meanwhile, in a large pan, sautée the onions in oil over medium heat for about 7 minutes. Turn the heat off but stir occasionally even when the heat is turned off because they could still burn from the hot pan. When the potatoes are done boiling, drain them well and add them to the pan with the onions. Just mashed them right in there with a potato masher, that way you are sure to get all the flavor. Add the salt and pepper. Make sure potatoes are mashed well and fluffy. Set aside to cool a bit.

To make the dough:
If you’re like me, you have limited counter space and so rolling out dough can be a hassle. I make the dough last because the mess becomes much more manageable when you don’t have to prep on the counter afterwards. It also gives your filling some time to cool. So make sure you clean up after your filling making and get someone to do the dishes for you. I find that a serene counter makes all the difference in dough making.

Pour the water and oil into a large bowl. Add 2 cups of flour and the salt, keeping one cup aside. Use a fork to stir the flour in, and as it starts to come together, use your hands to knead until a loose dough forms (about 3 minutes.)

Sprinkle your counter with flour, then turn the dough out onto it and knead. Add the reserved cup of flour a little bit at a time, working it into the dough, until it is very smooth and elastic, about 10 minutes. If it’s too sticky, you can add a little bit more flour and knead it in, sometimes up to 1/4 cup extra. Conversely, if you get a good- feeling, smooth, elastic dough that isn’t tacky with less less than the extra cup of flour, then that’s okay, too.

Now we roll the dough out, and also bring a salted pot of water to boil—, the largest pot you’ve got—, for boiling the pierogis.

Divide the dough in half and make sure your counter is clean and sprinkled with a dusting of flour to prevent sticking. Roll half the dough out to about 1/16 of an inch thick, which is to say, very thin but not see through. I rolled it into an 18- by- 10 inch rectangle, but as long as you have the thinness going, the shape doesn’t matter so much. Sprinkle the top with a light dusting of flour.

Now we’re going to make circles. I use the top of a glass that is 3 1/2 inches, but somewhere between 3 1/2 and 4 inches is perfect. Use a glass or a cookie cutter. Have ready a lightly floured plate to place the finished circles on, and go ahead and firmly press your glass or cookie cutter into the dough, as close together as you can. Pull the excess dough up and set aside. Place circles on the floured plate and transfer to the fridge while you repeat with the other half of the dough. Combine the excess doughs and see if you can get a few more wrappers out of the deal.

Pulling up excess dough and having fun

NOTE: If it’s very hot in your kitchen there’s a chance that the circles will stick together. Sprinkle them with flour and make sure they don’t get wet to prevent sticking. If they do stick, you can roll them out and try again.

Now we’re ready to boil some pierogi! Make sure your water is rapidly boiling. The filling should be room temp or colder. Have a small bowl of water for wetting the edges of the wrappers. Place about a tablespoon of filling into the center of a circle and dab water around the circumference of the circle. Fold the edges of the wrapper over filling and pinch in the middle to hold together. Pinch down the sides so that you have a sealed half moon. Don’t be shy with the pinching, and don’t try to make it look like perfect pinches. The most important thing is that you are getting them sealed, so use pressure and really seal them up. I think it looks really cool when the pinches aren’t perfectly spaced, it gives them a beautiful homemade rustic look and let’s you know that it came from a person, not a robot.

Pinching pierogi

If some of the filling is sneaking its way out, then use a little less filling with the next one. Once you get the amount of dough down, you can do a few at a time in assembly line style. I usually do six, lay out the circles, add the filling, pinch them closed. This works out perfectly if you time it with the boiling.

To boil, gently lower pierogis in to the water with a slotted spoon. Boil about six at a time. When they float they are ready. If for some reason they aren’t floating, it takes about 4 minutes for them to cook. Use a slotted spoon to transfer them to a plate as you prepare the rest. Cover finished ones lightly with tin foil to keep warm. Proceed until all pierogi are boiled.

If you’d like to fry instead: Preheat a heavy bottomed skillet over medium high heat, add a thin layer of canola oil, and fry pierogi on each side until golden brown (probably 3 minutes on one side and a minute on the next.) I personally prefer them boiled.

I really like to serve the pierogi in an oversized bowl, sprinkle amply with salt and smother in lots and lots of caramelized onions.

132 comments to Potato Pierogi With Caramelized Onions

  • Since going vegan eight years ago–and even in possession of Vegan Brunch–I have not had pierogies. This is unacceptable. Thank you for posting this and, thus, being the kick in the ass I needed.

  • Hildee

    Can I substitute the dough with pre made egg roll wrappers?

  • Recipes like this make me wonder how people can say it’s too hard to be vegan.

  • This is creepy. You must be spying on me. After thinking about it for years, I finally tried my hand at making pierogies just the other night. I had a ton of filling left over, so I’m making them again tonight…and then I see this is posted!

    They didn’t turn out that great the first time, I think I undercooked them and possibly didn’t roll out the dough thin enough.

    I was told to boil and *then* fry them.

    I never ate them from a Polish deli, we only ever had the frozen ones as a kid, fried with onions and kielbasa. The kielbasa was terrible stuff–tasty, but soaked in nitrates etc. The Tofurky ones are just as good and less deadly!

  • Tania


    Pierogies are our familiy’s only ethnic food (Isa, we have them for xmas and Easter!) and I was always under the impression you boil then fry. In fact, they’re two seperate preperations in our family.

  • If I make the dough and filling the night before, would you recommend refrigeration or just put a towel over it and set it in a clean area of the kitchen? I grew up Polish and homemade pierogies from our church was a MUST. My mom even knows Mrs. T from the famous Mrs. T pierogies. (She’s from our area.)
    I cannot wait to make these for this Lenten time of year and impress my family!

    • IsaChandra

      I should have written that in the directions! I would wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate and let sit at room temp for at least 30 mins before rolling it. That’s amazing that your mom knows Mrs T!!!

  • Ari

    Isa, Good to find you again. I made a tofu curry for my husband! I did not tell him it was tofu until after the meal. GIGGLES. You may remember me from the Nerd NYC picnic years ago where i gave you a bunch of tiny ceramic mis en place bowls I gave you. If you remember, I made the 20 sided dice pinata. Do you still have those bowls? You probably remember that my husband is a right wing nutjob who thinks tofu is an evil socialist plot………

  • I love pierogies – pure comfort food. Definitely going on my to-make list. They’re also good with potato and sauerkraut. =)

  • Kiki

    Gosh, Isa, you are too cute. Seriously, you’re such a gem.
    I’m not a vegan but I am very much a Polish jew, and I CAN’T WAIT to make these for all my lil vegan friends! So excited!!

    P.S. this website has made staying nourished in college sooo much easier, thank you thank you!

  • Mateusz

    Pierogi. Mmmmhh.

    For an even closer approximation of the regrettably non-vegan Polish original, one might add some crumbled soft tofu to the filling, with a dash of apple cider vinegar.

    In my experience boiled pierogi freeze very well and will store for months (unlikely scenario). Hint: coat each with a little oil; otherwise they will form a large, inseparable sticky lump.

    ps. What an impressive workflow, so much detail!

  • I love pierogies. A Ukrainian friend of mine taught me to make them several years ago. She sauteed the boiled pierogies in butter. Delicious! When I visit Chicago, I always go to a Polish neighborhood to find a plate of pierogies in a Polish restaurant. You’ve inspired me to plan to make some for Easter.

  • These look amazing! I don’t know if I am talented enough for this but I am sure going to try. Thanks for posting!

  • Pierogi are at every one of my family gatherings (holidays, parties, Sunday dinners, etc.), and I’ve missed them since going vegan. Thanks so much for posting this. I’ve had my fair share of rolling pierogi dough, filling, and forking (though I see you’re a pincher!) in my life, so I’m up for the challenge! I’ll try it your way the first time, but then I might try subbing sauerkraut for the potato filling.

  • I have made these and they were out of this world delicious. I definitely need to pull out Vegan Brunch and make them again!

  • good method to make Potato Pierogi With Caramelized Onions. i want to eat immediately.

  • Mandy

    Cannot wait to make these.
    If I need to freeze the left overs, is it better to freeze them before they are boiled, or after?
    Love your recipes!

  • Step 1 needs to be “Invite over a few close friends so that you can make multiple batches of these pierogi. Everyone brings a filling of his/her choice and a bottle of his/her favorite wine.” My friend Amy & I did that a couple of years ago (right after VB came out)–making pierogi with friends is fun!

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  • This is one of the recipes that I stare lovingly at every time I open my copy of Vegan Brunch. I have Friday off from work, and I think it will be Official I’m Finally Making Pierogi Day.

  • Cam

    Lovely vegan pierogi recipe! I’ve made my Babci’s (my Polish grandmother) pierogi recipes before. She does mashed potato filling; sauerkraut or sauerkraut and cabbage is also delicious. My absolute fave is blueberry pierogi (fresh or frozen blueberries mixed with a bit o’ sugar, crushed cookie crumbs (to absorb the juice) and maybe some cinnamon). I fry these and top with maple syrup.

    We traditionally make enormous batches of pierogi, boil ’em, and freeze ’em. Then, for Christmas and Easter, we’ll fry huge batches (the savory ones fried with onions) at family events.

    When freezing, I boil first, let them dry off a bit (a wooden cutting board keeps them from sitting in puddles of water; don’t put on a cookie rack–the thin metal cuts through the soft dough and all your fillings slurp out), then freeze them on baking sheets dusted with flour. When frozen, I put them in plastic bags or containers. Make sure you label the different kinds!

    You can pop frozen pierogi straight into the frying pan; they just take a little longer cook through. You can also put them in an oiled baking dish (toss them with oil, onions, sauerkraut, whatever you like) and bake until heated through.

  • Great photos…I love the matroshka tattoo! Goes along with the recipe nicely, I think…
    I’ve made vegan perogies before…I usually have leftover filling, too. Also, I just cut the circles out and put a dallopp of filling in each one, instead of picking them off the surface, then I dip my finger into a bowl of water and go around the edge so that the seam will stick together better when boiling, because seems like it doesn’t stay together well enough if I don’t and it opens up while boiling…

  • Okay, I’ve loved pierogi ever since my wife and I lived in Krakow for a couple of years. But I mostly have to say I loove the tattoos. Great blog too :-).

  • wooooooooow different method from the others i live in Pakistan. i have master degree but not good i want to make a shop i will use this method in my shop….

  • I must admit I’m new to Pierogis but can’t wait to try these little fellas out! Anything that has caramelised onions with it is always a go for me.

  • Michelle

    Ho lee shit. I love your matryoshka tattoos.

  • Katie

    My grandmother would make about 300-400 every Christmas. I have been saying since going vegan that if I can make a good vegan pierogi then I can make a believer out of my mom. Our family traditionally made cheesy potato filling or sauerkraut. Do you have any recommendations for a cheesy potato solution other than using gross fake cheese?

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  • Trish

    I’m as Polish as you get and I love this recipe. I’ve probably made double or triple batches once or twice a month since Vegan Brunch came out (big family). They freeze very well-just lay them out on a cookie sheet in the freezer so they freeze individually (just like the box ones) before packaging them up. And you’re right…It’s just not Easter brunch without them.

  • LaRee

    We made these today for the very first time.. So dang Yummy!! Thank you!!They were a labor of love but I’m hooked and will definitely be trying them again.

  • Thalia

    It does my heart good to see you write “pierogi” (the proper plural!!) instead of “pierogies.” It’s such a peeve of mine. The recipe looks great!

  • gretchen

    I made these a couple weeks ago for a potluck. Having never made pierogi in my life, I decided making a double batch was a great idea. About halfway through, I ran out of all-purpose flour and decided to just suck it up and use whole wheat for the rest. Bah. After I had gotten all my shells rolled, cut, and set aside, I went to assemble and found all the dough circles stuck together quite fiercely because of all the heat in the kitchen. Bah! I re-rolled and made about a batch worth, and the rest just became mashed potatoes because my guests had been there for almost an hour. But everyone still loved them! I added garlic and rosemary to the potatoes to make ’em a little fancier.

  • cadaver

    It’s even more legit [traditional] if you use the potato water in the dough!
    When I use cheeze in the filling, chedder Daiya works just great with added nooch.

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  • liz

    wondering more about the refrigeration… can i make these little bundles ahead of time? i want to have them for a party, but time won’t allow me to make them all before guests arrive… could i make them the night before, keep in fridge and boil them the next day?

    • IsaChandra

      You should freeze them all on a large tray. Once frozen, you can but them in a bag together with a sprinkling of flour to prevent sticking. Then boil the next day! The fridge might just make them soggy and stick together.

  • How much nutritional yeast/Daiya do you add to the potato mix? I’m making these for Christmas eve dinner at my Aunts house. Its my first vegan christmas and we eat a traditional Polish/Ukranian dinner…non vegan beet soup, kabasa, fish, perogies and beef cabbage rolls- I need to bring something for myself! And it better be tasty!

  • Thank you, thank you, thank you for posting this. I wanted to make pierogi to prove I was really Polish and not just an imposter, but all the other pierogi recipes called for sour cream in the dough. So I’m glad I found these. They were a bit hit at Christmas, and I taught a friend’s kids to make them, as I enlisted them as my minions. My Polishness has been proven with these pierogis, and I believe a new Christmas tradition has been started in my family. You rock, Isa!

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  • Kylie

    Thank you for the recipe- I have used a couple of times already. I bought a “pierogie maker” on Amazon because I have never been able to shape them right. This little kitchen tool has made it much easier to make (and they don’t look like weird blobs anymore!)

  • Larissa

    Thanks for this recipe, Isa. After many years of perogy-making as a child with my grandmother, I have seldom dared to go do it on my own due to super thick and doughy results. Up until now, I thought thin and tender dough was only the result of decades of dedicated practice. This dough recipe is amazing….rolls out nice and thin, without too much rebound! I’m so happy that now I can make homemade dough with confidence (and without a pasta-maker)! Thank you!!!!

  • CHelsea

    This looks like a great recipe, and I say that as a polack with lots of pierogi experience! haha. I high recommend your favorite vegan sour cream with these, and also using garlic and lots of oil when you fry them.

  • Ashley

    Made this this weekend! Added mushrooms to the potato mixture and it was amazing. Thank you for posting as I used to love these before I went vegan 🙂

  • Shari Leonard

    We bought pierogies yesterday from a local church, bought prune, potoatoe and cabbage, went to eat leftovers today and realized the cabbage dough is not thoroughly cooked, very doughy, can this make my kids sick, they already ate a lot of them?

    • IsaChandra

      If they’re steamed then the dough is supposed to be pretty doughy. As far as making your kids sick, I have no idea! This is definitely not the place to come for medical advice. Please call your doctor for that.

  • Kristin

    Looks yummy! Can you use quinoa flour or another substitute to make them gluten-free? Thanks!

  • Charlene Obernauer

    just made these with another random leftover filling (soyrizo/potato filling for tacos!). delicious! the dough made everyone eat the leftovers.

  • Pistolita13

    I made this for a potluck with a bunch of my meat-eating guy friends. I added roasted poblano peppers to the potato and served it with a spicy chili-dill sauce. (I’m a Texan, what can I say?) The guys devoured them! Thanks!

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  • I think homemade dough is always best for all recipes. I love potato’s, and want to try this potato pierogi.

  • carebear

    This is awesome! Just like Gamma Phyllis makes us!

  • Gina

    What do you recommend for freezing boil first or no??

  • I was looking for something to use up some caramalized onions I had left over. I have never tried to make pierogi before but these look so good I will have a go.

  • Kellie

    Being of Czech descent and growing up eating pierogie, gnocchi and haluski, I can tell you without a doubt that you boil them first (they will float when then are done). I can also tell you that after eating them my entire life, they are still something that I look forward too every single time. They are amazing!! 🙂

  • LOVE this recipe! When I was pregnant I lived off of pierogies, never imagined that they could be vegan (or that I’d be mostly vegan in three years) LOL a lot can change when you have a kid! I want to make like a thousand of these and freeze them so I can have an easy go-to snack. I didn’t have a onion so I used green onions and broccoli …. also they taste ridiculously awesome with this ranch

  • Daria

    I’m Polish. I love the fact that you don’t translate ” pierogi” as dumplings. And the form “pierogis” looks so cute even if it it a little weird for me – seeing it like this, since “pierogi” is already a plural form:)

  • Jeri

    Has anyone tried to make these gluten- free? I grew up on pierogies and have missed them greatly since being diagnosed celiac.

  • Rachel

    I made these on Christmas from Vegan Brunch. I made both the potato and mushroom fillings and put half of each filling in each pierogi. This was my first time ever eating pierogies and they really are life changing. SO good. Thank you for this recipe.

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  • Ryan

    i made these as a surprise for my girlfriend this valentines day and we both loved them! i tried to follow the recipe to a t because i’m a very inexperienced cook and i ended up with 43 pierogi (including two heart-shaped ones) out of this but i’m not complaining 🙂 we ate till we were stuffed and there’s at least two more meals worth in my freezer for later. will definitely make again, thanks!

  • Jen

    This is amazing! My husband and I have recently added more vegan recipes into our already vegetarian lifestyle and I cannot wait to make these (and keep exploring your fantastic site!) Is there a point in the recipe that they can be frozen and made at a later date? How would you recommend doing that? Thanks!

  • Lol

    I made these for the first time ever today and Dayum they’re good. I needed to use up a load of onions and potatoes and these did the job much better than I had hoped. Am going to freeze the rest as I have no one to share them all with. 😛

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  • Sandra Dixon

    I made your pierogi just as stated in your recipe. Used a food processor to make the dough. They were great. The dough was nice and tender and the filling was delicious. I used to make potato and cottage cheese pierogi, but these are every bit as good, maybe even more flavourful. Boiled them, and then tossed them in carmelized onion. Yum!

  • I’ve never made them by hand (or if I did, they probably didn’t turn out good enough for me to remember). But I love buying them ready made in Polish delis in NJ. I’ll be trying them for sure soon. I’m also posting a link to your recipe on my site – as this is such a great holiday dish.

  • Jennifer

    These were absolutely delicious. I became a vegan in September of 2012, and I have never felt better. I am Polish also and every year on Good Friday my family and I make pierogi. I did tweak the dough part of the recipe, and used 1 1/cups of white flour and 1 1/2 cups of whole wheat flour. They turned out great and my family ended up liking the whole wheat version better. I made the potato and onion as seen in the recipe and also I made up a mushroom, spinach, and roasted garlic pierogi-everyone raved about the mushroom ones too! YUMMY!!!!

  • Sarah

    Just made these…..delicious! I added Daiya cheddar, but to be honest I would almost prefer them without. Just as good as any non-vegan pierogi I’ve had.

  • Sarah LaChance

    I just made these and they are FANTASTIC! Thanks so much for the recipe! Totally going to make these again, maybe experiment with adding some garlic/herbs, maybe mushrooms to the potato mixture. Again, THANKS!

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  • yum!! made these yesterday for myself and the bf and we both loved them. definitely a time consuming task, but i think i’ll get faster at the process the more i make them. i did a potato and mushroom filling this time but would probably just stick to the potato filling and have the mushrooms on top with the onions next time.

  • Meagher

    Ah, pierogies, a big bowl of haluski & kapusta, along with a kielbasa and a steaming dish of halupki right out of the oven. A dinner straight from heaven guaranteed to raise your cholesterol level to dangerous enough levels to send you there too. But well worth it. 🙂

  • sbutter

    My family and I are new to veganism and it been a challenge to find things everyone will eat. I tried these today and the whole family loved them. I will make them again, but i am wanting a healthier flour. Do you think it will be ok if I use gluten free all purpose flour.

  • sbutter

    my husband just texted me from work commenting on great this was. I will definitely add this to my menu

  • denise

    a friend once taught me how to make varenyky (ukrainian pirogi) as taught to him by his babushka. i was super proud to have boiled the potatoes in advance, but was derided for having not saved the water when i drained them.

    apparently, using the water in the dough and when moistening the dough to close it helps keep it stickier and lets you put some of those great vitamins lost in the water back into the food.

    waste not, want not!

  • Suzanne

    I made your version of dough for my granddaughter, she is allergic to eggs, and was pleasantly surprised how great the dough turned out. I will be using your recipe from now on. Thank you for so many other great recipes. I already love your cupcakes and cookies, now I am a fan of you completely, Thanks again.

  • Jourdaine

    I live in northeastern Pennsylvania, which is a very Polish area. I’m also part Lithuanian, marrying a man who is part Polish, and I’ve never made homemade pierogi before (blasphemy!). As inexperienced as I was, making these were a breeze. I have a Cut-N-Seal from Pampered Chef that worked perfectly for pinching the pierogi shut. Made the assembly process a thousand times faster. They looked pretty, too. I have around 14 remaining pierogi that I threw in the freezer, but they’ll probably be gone by tomorrow night. They are SO good!! I’ll definitely be making them again. I can’t wait to start bringing trays of these for the future in-laws during their summer potlucks. They’ll be thrilled.

    The dough from this recipe is perfect, and I can’t wait to experiment with some other fillings. Besides potato, a mixture of sauerkraut, mushrooms, and onions is a popular pierogi filling around here. Worth trying!

  • Tara

    These are AMAZING! A bit time consuming but totally worth the time. Been craving these for a while since I went vegan 2 years ago. this is a keeper recipe. I tossed about 1/2 bag of Daiya mozza shreds into the filling and it was very creamy and nice. Be patient with the onions, when they caramelize at last it’s a glorious thing. lol

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  • Michelle

    I’ve made these a few times now. Not having the benefit of a Polish mother to have taught me, it took a couple times to figure out how to get the dough to just the right thickness, but they were perfect this last time. I served them for Christmas dinner last night with some homemade cashew sour cream from Miyoko Schinner’s Artisan Vegan Cheese cookbook. My Lithuanian brother-in-law said they were as good as any his mother ever made. That’s about the best compliment I’ve ever gotten.

  • Javier

    I’d like to make these for an upcoming gathering. Could I prep the stuffing and make raw pierogis the night before and set them in fridge without them getting messed up? I was thinking I can save time by prepping in advance and then cooking at event. Thanks

  • Suzanne

    Thank you so much for making your dough vegan. I started baking vegan due to my grand daughter’s allergy to milk and eggs and now I use your cook books for so many other dishes. This recipe is so much better without the eggs and everyone tells me how awesome my pierogies taste. Thank you again and look forward to making more recipes from your books. Just wondering, do you know how I could make this dough glutton free, I have a son-in-law that can longer do glutton? Thanks again.

  • Jordyn

    I just married into a family that is Polish and Mexican. We have tamales on Christmas Eve and pierogis on Christmas, haha its bizarre but delicious. Anyways, I needed a dough recipe so I came here. Thank you! I make my vegan pierogis with potato and sauerkraut inside. They are amazing. So much so that all the no-vegans like mine better. Win! I am here right now because I decided to start my own tradition, making pierogis half way between Christmas’! Thanks again PPK for another great recipe.

  • […] And I roasted garlic in  oven so I had a raosted garlic mashed potato mixture (so yummy) and used Isa’s (click for recipe) dough recipe from Vegan Bruch. It’s time consuming, but worth every bite. I only boiled […]

  • […] And I roasted garlic in  oven so I had a roasted garlic mashed potato mixture (so yummy) and used Isa’s (click for recipe) dough recipe from Vegan Bruch. It’s time consuming, but worth every bite. I only boiled […]

  • Mellani McNeil

    Can you freeze these?

  • April

    The mere idea of making pierogi from scratch was insane because it’s really not like me to be ambitious with cooking. Your post was an immense help. I had something to be proud of at my company’s annual Thanksgiving dinner. Thank you!

  • Luke

    Just cooked this tonight! Although I’m neither vegan nor vegetarian, I wanted to make this for a traditional meat-less Christmas Eve dinner. Very simple, but very delicious! I cheated and used Chinese dumpling wrappers and ate the pierogi with sour cream. Yum!

  • Audrey

    has anyone used gluten free flour to make this recipe? if so, how did they turn out and what flour did you use?

  • Tina

    Was a pretty great recipe but I found the filling needed some more seasoning will make again just add extra salt pepper and maybe some sautéd mushrooms 🙂 I fried them without boiling ,I don’t have luck boiling them 🙁 , but I think I might try it next time with this recipe Ty

  • SOOOO good <3. i add dill

  • This is definitely my favourite Polish food! There are also other goods things such as Bigos but this is the best. Greetings

  • sara

    You can also freeze these before boiling. Just place them on a baking sheet, freeze, then when they are all individually frozen you can bag them. This makes boiling a bit easier in my opinion as they don’t cook so fast. Nutritional yeast and a little cashew cream added to the filling makes them a little tastier and reminds me of the cheddar cheese ones I grew up on.

  • Carol

    Before making these I have to master making knishes.

  • Tasha

    I just ate 6 perogies, and they tasted awesome. Made them for the first time tonight. I made the caramelized onions along with a heaping plate of delicious perogies as written in the recipe (boiled not fried). I would SO recommend this recipe to everyone. My dad just ate one (non-veg) and he loved it too! Also, hi Isa! I have really loved trying your recipes over the past 10 years! All of my favourite recipes are from PPK or your blog, nowhere else. Favs are: your pesto, latkes, matzoh ball soup, mac & shews, pancakes, maple/dijon potatoes and beans, chocolate raspperry ganche cake, orange glazed tofu.. those are just a few favourites.. Thanks for all of the great dishes. Two questions: What are your favourite recipes on your site? Do you have a recipe for cabbage rolls? If so, this is an official request! <3 <3 <3

  • bzoo

    Pierogi is actually a plural form, so pierogis or pierogies is, well, too much ;). And most basic dough has always been vegan: all purpose flour with pinch of salt mixed with slowly poured in freshly boiled water, use spoon for mixing before it cools enough to use hands.
    My go-to recipe for ~50 pierogi is:

    300 grams of flour
    roughly 1 tbsp of any fat – oil, olive etc.
    250 mililitres of very hot water
    pinch of salt

  • Stacy

    Shouldn’t the pierogies be boiled prior to frying? I fried them and they came out nice but more dim sum-like, not the same “leather-y” texture that I expected that would make them seem distinctly a pasta/dumpling kind of dough wrapper instead of a samosa-like crunchy bready wrapper.

  • Lily

    This was AMAZING!!!! I made this as a special dinner tonight and they were a huge success! I did add some vegan “cheese” to the filling, but it was fantastic!! Hubby loved them!! Thank you for this recipe!!

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