Pittsburgh Pierogies

Cassie * Recipe

By Cassie * 1lovetocook1x

12-15 depends how big you make them
45 Min
15 Min

These are delicious, and the dough is pretty much fool proof..Very tender, an authentic true Pittsburgh recipe..I prepare these browned in onions and butter..sooooooooooo good! You can add whatever you like as far as fillings. I like to add jalapeno,potato and cheese.


2 c
flour, plus extra for kneading and rolling dough
1/2 tsp
1 large
1/2 c
sour cream, plus extra to serve with the pierogi
1/4 c
butter, softened and cut into pieces

Directions Step-By-Step

Pierogi dough preparation:

To prepare the pierogi dough, mix together the flour and salt. Beat the egg, then add all at once to the flour mixture. Add the 1/2 cup sour cream and the softened butter pieces and work until the dough loses most of its stickiness (about 5-7 minutes). You can use a food processor with a dough hook for this, but be careful not to overbeat. Wrap the dough in plastic and refrigerate for 20-30 minutes or overnight; the dough can be kept in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. Each batch of dough makes about 12-15 pierogies, depending on size.
Recipe for filling:

Peel and boil 5 medium potatoes until soft. Red potatoes are especially good for this. While the potatoes are boiling, finely chop 1 large onion and saute in butter until soft and translucent. Mash the potatoes with the sauted onions and 4-8oz of grated cheddar cheese (depending on how cheesy you want your pierogies), adding salt and pepper to taste. You can also add some fresh parsley, bacon bits, chives, or other enhancements if you desire. Let the potato mixture cool and then form into 1" balls.
Prepare the pierogies:
Roll the pierogi dough on a floured board or countertop until 1/8" thick. Cut circles of dough (2" for small pierogies and 3-3 1/2" for large pierogies) with a cookie cutter or drinking glass. Place a small ball of filling (about a tablespoon) on each dough round and fold the dough over, forming a semi-circle. Press the edges together with the tines of a fork.

Boil the perogies a few at a time in a large pot of water. They are done when they float to the top (about 8-10 minutes). Rinse in cool water and let dry.

Saute chopped onions in butter in a large pan until onions are soft. Then add pierogies and pan fry until lightly crispy. Serve with a side of sour cream for a true Pittsburgh pierogi meal.
Homemade Pierogi Tips:

If you are having a hard time getting the edges to stick together, you may have too much flour in the dough. Add a little water to help get a good seal.

If you don't want to cook all of the pierogies right away, you can refrigerate them (uncooked) for several days or freeze them for up to several months.

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Cassie * 1lovetocook1x
Dec 18, 2014
No, Rosie..I never had that problem...let me know if you try this recipe, how it went. I understand your frustration...be very hard to fill them, if not staying put. Have a great day!
Rosie Portillo Rosie_Portillo
Dec 18, 2014
hello! I've made pierogies for Christmas the past couple years and have tried a couple different recipes, this recipe is close to what I've done in the past except the butter is a little different, I've never used butter in a recipe for perogies before.I wanted to try this recipe but thought I'd ask that question to see if anybody else had had the same problem before making some and freezing them this weekend to take out for Christmas.
Cassie * 1lovetocook1x
Dec 18, 2014
I'm sorry Rosie, I never received notification of your question, until Sandy commented.

Are you talking about this particular recipe, or one like it? I never had that problem with this one, but as Sandy said, maybe let the dough rest a bit, before rolling. Again, sorry was so long at replying.

Thanks Sandy, for your help. :)
Sandy Mika mikasldy
Dec 17, 2014
Rosie I make my dough about the same as she does except I don't put butter in mine, you may need to let your dough rest for a little bit before you roll it out to cut out.
Rosie Portillo Rosie_Portillo
Dec 17, 2014
In the past when I've made pierogie I've had some trouble with the dough not keeping its shape when i cut out the circles, they are very stretchy and i have to fill each one very quickly otherwise the shrink and i have to keep rolling them out. Any thoughts about what i'm doing wrong?