Cheese and Potato Pierogi


Watch the match with traditional Polish dumplings, which can have a variety of savoury fillings, there are two options here.  Serve with crisp onions and Polish sausage, and a good Polish beer.

Cheese and Potato Pierogi

250g floury potatoes such as Maris piper, cut into pieces

3tbsp olive oil

1 medium onion

250g half fat cottage cheese

125g self raising flour, plus extra for dusting

½ tsp salt

1½ tsp vegetable oil

75ml warm water



  1. Peel the potatoes and cut into cubes. Boil the potato pieces in a pan of salted water and cook until soft enough to mash.  Drain well and allow to air dry in a sieve.  Set aside.
  2. To make the dough, sift the flour into a large mixing bowl and make a well in the centre. Put the salt, oil and water in the well.  Using your fingers or a dough scraper gradually stir the flour into the wet ingredients.  Continue to mix until you have a soft dough.  Put the dough in a clean bowl and set aside to rest, covered with a tea towel.
  3. Lightly flour a work surface, and knead the dough for 10 minutes or until it is smooth and glossy.
  4. Dice the onion finely. Heat the oil in a frying pan to medium heat and fry the onions until crisp and brown. Set aside, reserving a tablespoon for the garnish.
  5. Put the cool potatoes into a large bowl and add the cottage cheese. Msah until smooth and then stir in the onions until well combined.
  6. Lightly flour the work surface and a rolling pin. Roll out the dough to a thickness of 3mm.  Cut into 10cm rounds using a pastry cutter.
  7. Place one teaspoonful of cheese and potato mixture on to the pastry round. Brush the edges with a little water, then fold the edges together in half to make a small pasty like shape, press the edges together to seal.
  8. To cook heat a large pan full of water and poach the pierogi for 3-4 minutes or until they float to the surface.

To serve, pile the pierogi onto a serving plate and sprinkle with the reserved fried onions.  You can also serve with some fried cubes of Polish sausage.


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