How to Make the BEST Homemade Pierogies

Photo Credit: Grandmother's Kitchen

Homemade pierogies or homemade perogies are the quintessential meal of our family. Always requested to whomever was in charge of the kitchen and always gratefully and joyfully consumed by the rest of us. If you can relate, then read on and learn all about the art of homemade perogies from my family to yours.

Growing up, my Grandmother did not call them perogies or pierogies. She called them 'Padahay' [pronounced - pedaheh]. They are also known as Varenky. The making of homemade pierogies for 10 + mouths is a measure of patience and endurance. The greatest way to make homemade perogies is with a team of hands which are required for pinching the dumplings filled with mashed potatoes and cheese together gently and with precision.

Some tips for pierogi pinching:
1. Have a bowl of flour nearby for sticky fingers and work surface.
2. Make sure all your filling is cooled before filling.
3. Use a small teaspoon to scoop your balls of potatoes and then roll them in your hands to make balls.
4. Don't be tempted to overfill them, or you will be regret it when you start pinching them together.
5. Pinch them well! If you leave things too loose they will break apart in the pot of water and make a mess.
6. You can pinch them into triangles or rectangles, they both taste delicious!
7. Place filled homemade perogies onto a flour surface while you pinch the rest.

If this is your first time making homemade pierogies the watch the little YouTube video below to get an idea of how the process goes. It looks complicated at first, but once you know the steps it is very simple to make this delicious dish.

Nutrition Facts for:Potato Cheddar Cheese Pierogi From Grandmother's Kitchen
Ingredients: All purpose flour, salt, eggs, water, butter, onion, potatoes, butter, cheddar cheese, salt, pepper.
* Percentages (%) are based on a 2000 calorie diet * The entire recipe has been calculated for 40 pierogi. * Per Pierogi: Calories 79, Calories from Fat 40, Total Fat 4.4g 7%, Saturated Fat 2.7g 13%, Cholesterol 20mg 7%, Sodium 143mg 6%, Potassium 59mg 2%, Carbohydrates 7.3g 2%, Dietary Fiber 0.3g 1%, Sugars 0.3g, Protein 2.7g, Vitamin A 3%, Vitamin C 1%, Calcium 5%, Iron 3%


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