These Homemade Vegan Pierogi are the definition of comfort food! They’re boiled and pan-fried dumplings wrapped around a cheesy potato filling and perfectly satisfying. They work well as a party appetizer or celebratory dish.
What is a pierogi?
Pierogi are filled dumplings wrapped with an unleavened dough around a sweet or savory filling. They are boiled and then pan fried before being served with a variety of toppings. Pierogi originate in many Central and Eastern European culinary traditions, where in some locations there are a national dish. The exact origins of the dish are not clear. As someone with Polish family members and who spent a majority of my childhood in Pennsylvania, I have been around pierogi for a long time. During breaks of Pittsburgh Pirates baseball games there is even a Pierogi race!
While it may seem challenging to make dumplings (or any kind of wrapped dough, like ravioli) at home I promise it’s really quite simple. Pierogi dough does not require many ingredients or rising time. I wouldn’t consider this a “weeknight recipe” by any means, but it’s perfect appetizer if you want to impress your guests.
How To Cook Pierogi
When making pierogi, once you form the dumplings you will first boil them for 3-4 minutes. Then, you will remove them from the boiling water with a slotted spoon and pan-fry in a bit of butter for 4 minutes a side. I like to use a cast iron skillet for this as it helps the pierogi get very crisp on the outside.
What to Serve with Vegan Pierogi
Traditionally, pierogi can be served with a wide variety of toppings. Since this recipe is filled with creamy potatoes, I opted for a tangy beet sauerkraut (which is also a really fun color). I also add a bit of yogurt, some dill, and applesauce on the side. Often time you’ll also see them served with fried onions and sour cream.
I hope you love these vegan pierogi! I know the recipe may seem daunting but I promise it’s actually very easy once you get going. Please let me know in the comments, on Pinterest, or on Instagram if you give them a try!
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