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Potato and cheese pierogi recipe (homemade cheddar pierogi)

9 January 2019 | Last Updated: 4 September 2022 By Aleksandra

Delicious potato and cheese pierogi are such a comfort food. The filling is made with mashed potatoes, cheddar cheese, sautéed onions, and rosemary butter which takes this simple filling to another level. Serve them boiled or pan-fried. They are so good, you’ll keep coming back for more!

Potato and cheese pierogi in a blue bowl with rosemary twigs on top.

What are pierogi?

Pierogi are one of the most popular Polish dishes (in Poland and abroad!). These Polish dumplings are made with a simple unleavened dough and filled with sweet or savory fillings. They are boiled and then sometimes additionally pan-fried. It’s the comfort food of every Pole!

I’ve seen people calling them pierogis, perogy, pyrogy, perogies, perogis, pierogies – yes! so many different versions. It’s much simpler in Poland – pierogi is the plural name of these delicious dumplings (so calling them pierogis makes no sense since pierogi is already plural!) and 1 dumpling is 1 pieróg. You could also call them pierożki (this is how my daughter calls them!) which means literally ‘small pierogi’.


Here’s what you need for pierogi dough:

  • flour – I used all-purpose flour
  • water – the water should be very hot but not boiling (it will make the dough softer)
  • salt – to season the dough
  • butter – adds flavor and makes the dough softer, you can use any vegetable oil instead (like sunflower or canola oil), some readers also reported that this recipe works well with vegan butter
Labeled ingredients for pierogi dough.

Here’s what you need to make potato and cheese filling:

  • mashed potatoes – the best will be mealy potatoes like Russets but any kind will work
  • grated cheddar cheese (Swiss cheese/Emmental cheese will also work)
  • onions
  • fresh rosemary – can be omitted but I really recommend using it if you have some on hand!
  • salt and pepper.
Labeled ingredients needed to prepare potato and cheese pierogi filling.

Please note, that this is an Americanized version of Polish potato and cheese pierogi. For authentic potato and cheese pierogi, the kind you would find in Poland, see this recipe: authentic potato and cheese pierogi (pierogi ruskie).

A couple of years ago I googled ‘potato and cheese pierogi’, to see, to my surprise, that a lot of them call for cheddar cheese (I’m not living in the US, I’m Polish living in Austria). I’ve never thought to make the potato and cheese pierogi this way. Traditionally we use white curd cheese – ‘twaróg cheese’. Twaróg is a soft, curd cheese, slightly sour (you can see it in the photo in the pierogi ruskie post, that is linked above). It’s similar to farmer’s cheese in taste but doesn’t resemble cheddar cheese’s taste at all (though both are very tasty). Cheddar cheese is not easy to get in Poland. Now it‘s available in some big markets, but some years ago not really. Both of my Polish grandmas don’t even know that cheddar cheese exists. Potatoes and cheddar are such a good flavor combination, so I thought, it must taste good. And guess what, it was! Soo good. I was really surprised.

I must admit, I still like the traditional potato and cheese pierogi better, mainly because they remind me of my childhood. My husband, on the other hand, has said, that that were the best pierogi that he has ever eaten and my 20-months old daughter has eaten 10 pierogi (I don‘t even know how that‘s possible!), so there must be something to it!

I encourage you to make pierogi at home, from scratch, it‘s a bit time-consuming but very easy to do and worth every minute of that time!

How to make potato and cheese pierogi step by step

Start with making the pierogi dough:

  1. Stir the flour with salt in a medium bowl.
  2. Warm the water with butter/oil in a small pot until very warm but not boiling.
  3. Add the water with butter to the bowl. Stir the ingredients with a spoon until roughly combined.
  4. Knead the dough by hand or with a stand mixer fitter with a hook dough attachment, until it’s soft and smooth (it will take about 5 minutes with the mixer). When you follow the recipe (especially if you weigh the ingredients, instead of using measuring cups), the dough should be perfect, but if for some reason it’s not, add some water if it’s too dry, or a little bit of flour if it’s too wet.
  5. Wrap the dough with plastic foil and leave it to rest for 30 minutes (it can be longer). While the dough is resting, make the filling. You can make it in the same bowl.

There’s no sour cream in this dough because that’s not how they are made in Poland. You’ll love this dough! It’s easy to make and delicious.

Please note that I have a separate post with all the details on how to make perfect pierogi dough.

Three photo collage showing pierogi dough preparation steps.

Make the potato and cheese filling:

  1. Cook the potatoes and mash them.
  2. Cook diced onion with finely chopped rosemary twigs.
  3. Grate the cheese.
  4. Combine all the ingredients and season with salt and pepper to taste. I like to mix the ingredients with a stand mixer fitted with a paddle-shaped attachment – it’s just easier than mixing it by hand.
  5. Shape small balls of filling. This is optional (you can just scoop the filling with a teaspoon) but I find it’s makes filling the pierogi easier and quicker. I scoop the filling with an ice cream spoon then divide it in half and shape small balls.
Potato and cheese pierogi filling in a metal bowl and shaped into balls on a white plate.

Make pierogi:

  1. Roll out the pierogi dough and cut out rounds.
  2. Place one filling ball on each dough circle.
  3. Pinch the edges together to seal.
  4. Cook the pierogi in boiling salted water, 10-12 minutes at a time, about 1-2 minutes from the time they float to the water surface.
  5. Drain and serve!
Cut out rounds in rolled out pierogi dough, filling on a pierogi dough round.
Shaping the pierogi.

How to serve pierogi

Pierogi are most often served on their own, but they are often topped with sautéed onions, melted butter, or crispy bacon. Sour cream would also be great. They are not really served with any kind of sauce.

Here you’ll find all my pierogi sauces and toppings ideas.

Storing and freezing instructions

Storage: To ensure that the cooked pierogi don‘t stick to each other, brush them lightly with melted butter. Store in a tightly-closed container in the fridge for about 2 days. On the next day, it‘s best to pan-fry them with butter until golden.

You can also store separately pierogi dough and the filling in the fridge for up to 2 days. The next day you can make and cook fresh pierogi.

Freezing: you can freeze cooked and raw pierogi. You can cook frozen pierogi straight from the freezer (don’t thaw them).

How to freeze pierogi: Place the pierogi apart on a tray, lightly sprinkled well with flour. Freeze until solid. Transfer to containers on plastic bags.

How to cook uncooked frozen pierogi: Cook like fresh pierogi but take them out once they float to the water surface.

How to cook cooked frozen pierogi: I cook frozen dumplings just like fresh ones, with the difference that you can cook a smaller amount of them at a time, I cook max. 7-8 frozen pierogi at once (and about 10-12 fresh). When you drop too many frozen pierogi at once it will lower the temperature of the water too much and they will burst.

All my pierogi recipes

I have a separate post, where I talk about all the traditional and modern pierogi filling ideas.

Here are my recipes:

Potato and cheese pierogi with cheddar cheese in a blue bowl on a blue background.

Did you make this recipe? RATE THE RECIPE or tell me in the COMMENTS how you liked it! You can also add a photo of your dish. It would make me very happy and will help other readers. Thank you!!

Potato and cheese pierogi the American way – homemade cheddar pierogi

Potato and cheese pierogi recipe – made with potatoes, cheddar cheese, and sauteed onions. Delicious and comforting!
potato and cheese pierogi
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5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 40 minutes
Servings 4 servings (about 50 pierogi)
Calories 688kcal
Author Aleksandra


for the pierogi dough:

  • 2 cups (250g) flour
  • 1/2 cup + 1 Tbsp (140g) water
  • 1.5 tablespoons (20g) butter  or vegetable oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

the filling:

  • 2.2 lbs (1kg) lbs potatoes preferably mealy like russets, cooked potato weight is 1.8 lbs (800g)
  • 7 oz (200g) cheddar cheese or Swiss/Emmental cheese
  • 1 small onion
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 rosemary twig optional
  • salt and pepper to taste

to serve:

  • rosemary butter optional, 2 tablespoons butter + a rosemary twig


Make the dough:

  • Stir the flour with salt in a medium/large bowl.
  • Warm the water with butter/oil in a small pot until very warm but not boiling.
  • Add the liquid to the bowl. Stir the dough with a spoon until roughly combined.
  • Knead the dough by hand or with a stand mixer fitter with a hook dough attachment, until it’s soft and smooth (it will take about 5 minutes with the mixer). When you follow the recipe (especially if you weigh the ingredients, instead of using measuring cups), the dough should be perfect, but if for some reason it’s not, add some water if it’s too dry, or a little bit of flour if it’s too wet. If the dough already forms a ball, is relatively smooth, but still tough, it means that it’s not ready, it must be further kneaded until soft and elastic (after resting time it will be even softer).
  • Wrap the dough with plastic foil and leave to rest for 30 minutes. While the dough is resting, make the filling. You can make it in the same bowl.

Make the filling:

  • Cook the potatoes until tender. While still warm, mash them into puree, set aside to cool.
  • Grate the cheese on the big holes of the grater.
  • Finely chop the onion and rosemary needles. Heat the butter in a frying pan and cook the onion with rosemary over medium heat, along with a pinch of salt, until soft (but be careful not to brown or burn it). Set aside to cool.
  • Combine all the filling ingredients (mashed potatoes, cooked onion with rosemary, grated cheese), season with salt and pepper to taste.

Shape pierogi:

  • Divide the dough into 2 parts.
  • Roll out the first part of the dough on a lightly floured surface (I like silicone rolling mats). Cut out rounds with pierogi cutter/biscuit cutter/a glass. The dough should be rolled out thinly. If the dough is hard to roll out, set it aside for about 5-10 minutes to rest.
  • Gather scraps, cover with plastic wrap, and set aside.
  • Using a teaspoon, apply the filling on each round.
  • Fold the dough over the filling to create a half-moon shape. Press edges together, sealing and crimping with your fingers.
  • Place the pierogi apart on a towel lightly sprinkled with flour, cover loosely with a kitchen cloth so that they don‘t dry out.
  • Repeat with the remaining dough.

Cook pierogi:

  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.
  • Cook the pierogi in batches (for a 8-inch (21 cm) pot I cook about 10-12 dumplings at a time). When they float to the water surface cook them for 1-2 minutes more, then remove from the water with a slotted spoon. The cooking time will depend on the thickness of the dough.
  • Drain well and transfer onto a plate.
  • Enjoy!


  • 1 cup is 240ml.
  • The amount of pierogi: based on the feedback that I got from readers, the amount of pierogi you’ll get from this recipe can vary greatly! My pierogi are rather small and I like to pack them with a lot of filling, that’s why I got 50 pierogi from this recipe. This may be different for you and you can get only half of this amount if you’ll make large pierogi.
  • The dough can be rolled out with a pasta attachment.
  • How to measure flour: Fluff the flour by stirring it in the bag/flour container with a spoon. Spoon the flour and sprinkle it into your measuring cup. Sweep off the excess flour with the back of a knife.
  • Calories = 1 serving (1/4 of the recipe). This is only an estimate!
Course dinner, Side Dish
Cuisine international, polish
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  • Reply
    Nancy Moody
    29 July 2023 at 02:58

    5 stars
    I’ve made other recipes before from every church ladies group and found yours the best to work with, with great flavour and absolutely the most thorough instructions I’ve ever seen. Including how to make corrections for tough dough or too wet. Plus how to use with my mixer- I knew it was supposed to be at 4 setting but the other tips helped me so much. One of the biggest differences was the hot water and butter! Family loved eating them as much as I loved making them. My baba and mom also both did not use an egg as they find stiffens the dough (but they had no recipe just went off the top of their heads). I on the other hand need a recipe. They used oil but I loved using the butter. My only question is where did you find your beautiful cutter and what diameter is the opening. I’ve always used a tin can but yours looks so much easier. Thank you for the wonderful recipe- I’ll be teaching my kids to use yours and it will be our go to from now on.

    • Reply
      29 July 2023 at 18:12

      Thank you so much for such a nice comment, I’m glad the recipe worked well for you. My pierogi cutter is vintage, probably 40 years old and was gifted to me, it’s about 2 3/4 inches (7cm) in diameter.

  • Reply
    Anita Flahr-Nightingale
    5 October 2021 at 22:17

    5 stars
    easy dough, all done with my kitchen aid, excellent instruction and measurements and delicious with my potato and cheddar filling!

    • Reply
      6 October 2021 at 05:36

      I’m glad you liked the recipe, thank you for the comment!

  • Reply
    21 April 2021 at 18:47

    These pierogies are my favourite. Only problem with the dough recipe is that I need to make two thirds more to use up the filling. (instead of 250 grams of flour I need to use 750 grams as an example) I use the weight scale and make 50 exact size balls of the filling. I also use the weight scale for your dough. I use a 3 inch wine glass to cut out my rounds and really can’t roll the dough any thiner. The pierogies are stuffed as full as possible. Just thought that you may want to change the amounts used in your dough to make 50 pierogies. It is the best dough I have found though! Thank you so much for this recipe

    • Reply
      21 April 2021 at 19:57

      Hi Diane, I’m happy you liked the recipe. I haven’t made pierogi with this particular filling in a long time, so to be honest I can’t really remember if the dough-filling ratio is 100% correct but I’ve made this pierogi dough (with other fillings) many times in the last couple of months, and every time I get about 50 pierogi from it. Many readers have already complained that they get different amounts (less pierogi) from this pierogi dough recipe, so I’m really clueless how this is happening. I will try to make this particular recipe one more time in the near future to test the dough-filling ratio. Thank you for commenting!

      • Reply
        22 April 2021 at 14:09

        PS I love your suggestion of making the filling into 50 balls. I do it as the dough is resting. I roll each ball to make a bit of an oval when placing on my dough rounds. So easy then to pull the dough up and around the filling.

  • Reply
    22 June 2020 at 17:55

    5 stars
    DELICIOUS!!!!! I had to add a lot more salt and pepper because my family is salt-o-holics, but otherwise- perfection!!

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