Homemade Pierogi: A Deliciously Authentic Polish Delight

Embark on a culinary journey to Poland with these Homemade Pierogi, a beloved traditional dish known for its tender dough and flavorful fillings. Pierogi are versatile dumplings that can be filled with a variety of savory or sweet ingredients, making them a popular comfort food among many. Pierogi, whether boiled, fried, or baked, are a crowd favorite, ideal for family gatherings, holidays, or a cozy night in. Let’s get into the recipe and see how to make these delicious pockets of goodness from scratch.


For the Dough:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour, plus extra for dusting
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

For the Potato Filling:

  • 2 cups mashed potatoes (about 3-4 medium potatoes)
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion, sautéed until translucent
  • Salt and pepper to taste

For Boiling:

  • Water
  • Salt

For Serving:

  • Sour cream
  • Crispy fried bacon or caramelized onions (optional)
  • Chopped fresh parsley or dill (optional)


1. Prepare the Dough:

  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour and salt. Make a well in the center and add the egg, sour cream, and melted butter.
  2. Gradually incorporate the wet ingredients into the flour until a dough forms.
  3. Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic, about 5-7 minutes. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and let it rest for 30 minutes.

2. Make the Potato Filling:

  1. In a bowl, combine the mashed potatoes with the sautéed onions. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Mix until well combined.

3. Roll out the Dough:

  1. On a floured surface, roll out the dough to about 1/8 inch thickness. Using a round cutter or glass, cut out circles of dough, about 3 inches in diameter.

4. Fill and Seal the Pierogi:

  1. Place a small spoonful of the potato filling in the center of each dough circle.
  2. Fold the dough over the filling to form a half-moon shape. Press the edges firmly to seal, using a fork to crimp the edges if desired.

5. Boil the Pierogi:

  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Carefully drop the pierogi into the boiling water, working in batches to avoid overcrowding.
  2. Cook the pierogi for 3-4 minutes, or until they float to the surface and are tender.
  3. Remove the cooked pierogi with a slotted spoon and transfer them to a plate.

6. Serve the Pierogi:

  1. Serve the pierogi hot, garnished with a dollop of sour cream and optional toppings such as crispy fried bacon or caramelized onions.
  2. Sprinkle with chopped fresh parsley or dill for added flavor and freshness.

7. Enjoy Your Homemade Pierogi:

  1. Serve the pierogi as a main dish or as a side alongside your favorite Polish dishes. Enjoy the delicious flavors and comforting textures of these homemade delights!


  • Experiment with different fillings such as cheese and potato, sauerkraut and mushroom, or sweet fillings like fruit or jam.
  • If you have leftover pierogi, they can be frozen for later. Simply arrange them in a single layer on a baking sheet and freeze until solid, then transfer to a freezer bag or container for storage.
  • To reheat frozen pierogi, boil them straight from the freezer until they float to the surface, then cook for an additional 1-2 minutes.

Homemade pierogies are a labor of love that bring authentic Polish flavors to your table. These dumplings, with their tender dough and delectable fillings, will quickly become a family favorite. So gather your ingredients, roll up your sleeves, and enjoy the process of creating these delicious pierogi from scratch. Your tastebuds will thank you!