Polish Pierogi

Potato-cheese pierogi is a case of dough filled with a typically savory filling (as of meat, cheese, or vegetables) and cooked by boiling and then panfrying.



• 1 1/2 pounds potatoes (2 large russets)

• 2 teaspoons olive oil

• 1/2 cup finely diced onion

• 1 small clove of garlic, crushed

• 3 ounces reduced fat cream cheese (1/3 cup) and pepper to taste


• 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour

• 1/2 teaspoon salt

• 1/4 cup reduced fat sour cream

• 1 egg

• 2/3 cup water


  1. Filling:
  2. Place peeled, quartered potatoes in a pot of cold salted water. Bring to a boil and cook until tender.
  3. Meantime, brown onions & garlic in oil on med-low for 10 min.
  4. Drain and mash the potatoes, adding onion & garlic, cream cheese, salt & pepper. Set aside to cool. Shape into 1-tablespoon size mounds if desired.
  5. Dough:
  6. Combine flour & salt in a bowl. Make a well and add sour cream, egg & water, combining with a spoon.Place on a well-floured board and knead for 50 turns (using a scraper if needed) until smooth. Cover with a towel or inverted bowl & let rest at least 10 minutes.
  7. Divide dough into thirds. Keeping extra dough covered, roll each section 1/8” thick, adding flour as needed. Cut 3-inch circles, saving leftover scraps of dough.
  8. Fill each circle with about one tablespoon of potatoes, fold into a half circle, and pinch edges tightly. Place apart on a towel sprinkled with flour. Place pierogis in boiling salted water, stirring at first to keep them separated, and cook about 3 minutes until they rise to the top, then another 30 seconds to a minute. Remove to an oiled baking sheet.