Pierogies for #SundaySupper at the #FamilyDinnerTable

pierogie platter

Sunday Supper is all about bringing families back together around the dinner table. That’s why I was so excited to learn about American Family Insurance’s Back to the Family Dinner Table Campaign!

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American Family Insurance is having a “Share Your Recipe” sweepstakes for 6 weeks with a weekly prize is a $100 Williams-Sonoma gift card plus a grand prize of a $500 Williams-Sonoma gift card!
For details on this contest and to enter visit American Family Insurance at Back to the Family Dinner Table .

As part of this campaign, I wanted to share with you one of my own favorite recipes that mean so much to me. An old family recipe passed down from my Gram to my Mom then to me. It didn’t stop there. I passed it on to my daughter and granddaughter.

That dish would be… Pierogies!

Pierogies are little dough “pants pockets” that you can stuff with just about anything! Wait let me clarify that last statement! Pierogies have many names and depending on your nationality, these little dumpling relatives take on a variety of fillings.
I’m Pennsylvania Dutch, which means I have an Eastern European background and we make ours with potato and cheese, sauerkraut, sautéed cabbage and onion, and occasionally ground meat.

What makes pierogies different from boiled ravioli, pot-stickers and other pasta based dough pockets is that we boil it first then sauté in butter or deep fry.

These little treasures were my first working with pasta dough experience.

There’s an art to making homemade pasta. My Gram used to say, “You need to know how to make ‘em with your eyes shut!” Old school.

That’s because there is a certain feel to the dough depending whether you’re making pies, pasta or bread. It’s a hands-on thing we pass down in our family. No dough machine can teach you the techniques.

We all learned as kids. I’m not sure if it’s because as children we’re more receptive to getting our hands in there and “playing with our food” or because teaching the little ones is a great excuse for us to play in dough too!

Maybe dough isn’t your forte. That’s okay; we all have something special we do in the kitchen that we can pass on to our kids. If not food preparation maybe a cooking technique, setting a table, food shopping or even storage like where to put and find things in the kitchen and why it goes there.

By involving your family in preparing meals you give children ownership of skills they will use throughout their life. Your family becomes an intricate part of the meal.

I hope I can do justice to explaining the pierogie process with words and pictures!

Pierogies

Ingredients

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour, plus 1 cup reserved
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 4 cups potatoes, peeled, cubed
  • 1 medium onion, sliced
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded Cheddar or American cheese
  • salt, and pepper to taste

Filling:
To make filling, cover potatoes with water and boil for 10 minutes, add onions and continue boiling until potatoes are fork tender. Drain.
Return to pot, add cheese and mash. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Set aside to cool.

Dough:
In a large bowl, add 3 cups flour, make a depression or “well” in the center and add the eggs.

Slowly add water a little at a time, working into the dough as needed.
Knead dough until soft and slightly sticky.
pierogie dough
Cover bowl with damp towel and let dough rest 15 minutes.
Sprinkle some of the reserve flour over the work surface and lightly coat hands and rolling pin.
Divide dough into thirds and roll out until about 1/8-inch thickness.
Sprinkle reserve flour as need to keep from sticking. Use sparingly or excess flour will toughen dough.
Dip a 3-inch diameter drinking glass, donut cutter or biscuit cutter into reserve flour. Cut out dough circles.

To assemble:
Scoop about 1 teaspoon of filling onto the center of the dough circle.
pierogie setup
Lightly wet the outside edge of the dough with water. Fold the dough over the filling.
Wet the edge of the outer rim of the dough.
Start at one end and begin pinching the edge of the pocket shut. Be careful to keep filling off the seam. Seam should be about 1/4-inch wide. You can seal the seam with a fork if desired.
pierogie finished

Lay closed pierogie on lightly floured waxed paper. Cover with damp cloth. Repeat above steps with remaining ingredients.

Bring 4 quarts of lightly salted water to a rapid boil.
Carefully drop pierogies into boiling water. Nudge pierogies from bottom with a slotted spoon. Reduce heat and gently boil until pierogies float (approximately 5 minutes).

pierogie boil
Test one for doneness. Dough should be cooked through but not soggy.

Remove pierogies with slotted spoon to a colander. Rinse with cold water to prevent sticking. Drain. Move to waxed paper to thoroughly cool.
pierogie plate
You can then eat them as is, (I even like them cold as a snack, weird I know) deep fry them, sauté in butter with onions like below which is my favorite way, or freeze them for later!

Here’s my favorite version:
pierogie platter
Add butter to skillet. Place pierogies and onions in single layer.
Fry over medium-high heat until brown on one side, flip and fry to brown other side.
Enjoy!

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50 Responses to Pierogies for #SundaySupper at the #FamilyDinnerTable

  1. Your pierogies have obviously blessed your family. But, your pierogie how-to has blessed me, too. From her time in Hungary, one of my nieces’ favorite dinner dish is pirogues =) Thank you, Cindy!

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  4. Hezzi-D says:

    I’m from Pennsylvania also so we always had pierogies growing up! There are actually multiple pierogi stores in Pittsburgh. Growing up my great aunt Kay made the BEST piergoies ever. It was such a treating going to her house once a month to eat them. Since her passing my dad has taken over pierogi duty and his are awesome as well. I finally got to help him make them last year for the first time. Aren’t they the best? Your recipe looks very similar to my own. Frying the pierogies with onions and butter is the best!
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  6. You just reminded me that I promised my daughter that we would make homemade pierogies next time she comes home from college. I know have the perfect recipe!

  7. Susan says:

    I absolutely love pierogies and can seriously go to town on them! I loved it when mom would occasionally make them for breakfast and err by make I mean buy the packaged ones and boil/pan fry them up! I just attempted homemade ones myself and the dough could definitely use some work, I think I’m going to try your recipe next time!
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  9. I absolutely adore pierogies! I cannot wait to try this recipe!
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  10. Renee says:

    I can only imagine the fun times in your family’s kitchens making pierogies. I haven’t attempted making them yet, however now that I have your wonderful instructions it is certainly being bumped up on my to-do list.
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  11. Your pierogies look perfect! I make my dough a little differently (it has sour cream in it), but I know exactly what you mean about how it has to feel right.
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  13. These look AMAZING!
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  14. Liz says:

    Wow, perfectly made! How fun that this recipe and technique has been passed down through so many generations. I finally tasted my first pierogies a couple summers ago…and I should really try to make my own :)
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  15. These look absolutely amazing! I love pierogies but – buy the frozen ones – one of the only pre-made things I serve in this house….because I didn’t have a good recipe for them. Thank you so much for sharing this!!!
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  16. Oh man, Cindy – your pierogies look stellar! I can feel the love in this post. Thank you so much for sharing this family tradition and recipe. I have never made my own pierogies (for shame)…but I love them. Exactly the way you do – sauteed with butter and onions. I also love them to be a little golden and crisp in spots. Oh man, I am so hungry!
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  17. I have been dying waiting for this recipe. I love pierogies! But, I have never made them myself. Now, I can’t wait to try. Love the story behind these too. Playing with dough is fun!

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  20. Bea says:

    I absolutely agree on the importance of giving children ownership & getting them involved in the kitchen is doing just that and teaches them skills that last a lifetime.

    The pierogi’s look amazing and I love that this old treasured family recipe stays alive :)
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  21. Diana @EatMoveShine says:

    What a special recipe! I’ve been wanting to try them forever, and now I’m really inspired!!!

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  23. Great tips for getting kids involved in the kitchen, Cindy! And I would take a huge plate of these pierogis with a little sour cream any day.
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  24. I love Pierogies!! and especially love that this is a family recipe passed down from your grandmother. . and you passed it on to your daughter and granddaughter. Seriously, how awesome is that?! I love this!
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  25. I love dumplings of any cuisine, but I like the sound of including sauerkraut in the filling. These look and sound amazing. No doubt you are a pierogi-making expert!

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  28. I had never heard of pierogies until a few years ago. My mom bought some of the frozen ones. I would love to try making them on my own. As I’m sure they would be much better.
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  29. Beautiful pierogies! Pierogies were more of a staple than bread for my husband’s family growing up, but I had never had them until we were married. We’ve tried making them once, and I loved them. Now I have a craving!
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  31. G’day! Love pierogies Cindy! YUM!
    Cheers! Joanne

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