Homemade Pittsburgh Pierogies With Sour Cream

"This recipe is from a website about Pittsburgh. My husband made them for us and we will never eat store bought pierogies again. If not from the east coast or of Polish descent, pierogies are like ravioli stuffed with chees and mashed potatoes. How could you go wrong?"
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  • 2 cups flour, plus extra for kneading and rolling dough
  • 12 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 12 cup sour cream, plus extra to serve with the pierogi
  • 14 cup butter, softened and cut into small pieces

  • 5 large potatoes
  • 1 large onion
  • 8 ounces grated cheddar cheese


  • To prepare the pierogi dough, mix together the flour and salt.
  • Beat the egg; 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 to 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 to 30 minutes or overnight; the dough can be kept in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.
  • Each batch of dough makes about 12 to 15 pierogies, depending on size.
  • 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.
  • Add pierogies and pan fry until lightly crispy.
  • Serve with a side of sour cream for a true Pittsburgh pierogi meal.
  • Potato, Cheese & Onion Filling:

  • Peel and boil 5 large 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 to 8 oz 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.

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  1. This is the recipe I saved from the site about Pittsburgh, too. I have it saved in my recipe app with a link to Pittsburgh.about.com. When I click on the link now, it goes to TheSpruce.com to a pierogi recipe that is totally different. No sour cream in the linked recipe! I’m glad you shared it here before it was lost from the web. If I recall, though, there was an article with it wherein the guy told about his Polish heritage and this was his mother’s recipe. It’s too bad The Spruce bought out the website and erased that bit of history and replaced it with their inferior recipe.



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