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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!
Course dinner, Side Dish
Cuisine international, polish
Keyword cheddar pierogi, pierogi dough, potato and cheese pierogi
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

Ingredients

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

Instructions

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!

Notes

  • 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!

Nutrition

Calories: 688kcal