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Homemade Potato and Cheese Perogies are comforting, delicious, and satisfying. Tender dumpling wrappers are filled with a creamy mixture of potatoes and cheddar cheese, then boiled to tender perfection. Take them to the next level by serving pierogi ruskie with caramelized fried onions.

This traditional Eastern European recipe is easier to make that you think! You can make perogies from scratch (including the wrappers!) using a few household staples. The best part? They’re freezer-friendly — so make a big batch for an easy meal on a rainy day.

Homemade Potato and Cheese Perogies are comforting, delicious, and satisfying. These cheddar pierogi from scratch as easier to make than you think! | aheadofthyme.com

Why You’ll Love These Potato and Cheese Perogies

  • Made with refrigerator and pantry staples. These potato and cheese perogies use such common household staples so they’re a great option for a satisfying meal when you’re running low on groceries or when you’re craving something fancier than a grilled cheese sandwich.
  • Cheesy cheddar flavor. Cheddar and mashed potatoes are a classic combination that your family will never get bored of. They’re the perfect comfort food: soft, chewy, cheesy and easy to make. Try our Cheddar Mashed Potatoes or Cheesy Potato Soup if you’re obsessed with that classic combo.
  • They’re freezer-friendly. You can freeze leftovers and save them for a rainy day or purposefully multiply the recipe to stock the freezer for even easier weeknight dinners! In fact, you can freeze both cooked or uncooked pierogies.
  • Easy to reheat. You can reheat these perogies in a number of different ways, including but not limited to baking, sautéing, air frying, microwaving, and boiling — making leftover potato and cheese perogies the perfect candidate for office lunches or at-home meals. They’re just as tasty the second time around!

Homemade Potato and Cheese Perogies are comforting, delicious, and satisfying. These cheddar pierogi from scratch as easier to make than you think! | aheadofthyme.com

Ingredient Notes

To make these delicious homemade cheddar perogies, you will Require the following ingredients (full measurements in recipe card below):

Potato and Cheese Filling

  • russet potatoes – russet potatoes are the absolute best variety for mashed potatoes and, therefore, are also the best for these perogies. Their high starch content makes them light, fluffy, and soft when cooked and mashed. You can substitute them for whatever kind of potato you have on hand, but the texture will be noticeably different. I recommend Yukon gold potatoes as a good substitute because they’re also very creamy.
  • cheddar cheese – cheddar gives these homemade perogies a sharp cheesy taste, but you can swap it out with a similar cheese Like gouda or gruyere. You can also go the more traditional Route and try quark in its place!
  • garlic powder
  • sour cream – the sour cream makes the filling a little creamier, but it is optional and not required. You can also substitute plain greek yogurt in its place.
  • salt and pepper

Dumpling Dough

We love making Homemade Dumpling Wrappers for all our dumpling recipes. It’s easy to make at home, but feel free to use store-bought wrappers — whatever is more convenient!

For homemade dumpling dough, you will Ask for:

  • all-purpose flour – if you have celiac or gluten sensitivities, you can substitute the all-purpose flour in this recipe for measure-for-measure certified gluten free flour, though the texture of the dough for the perogies won’t be as smooth as dough made with wheat flour.
  • salt
  • water
  • sour cream – sour cream adds a fluffier texture to the dough, but it’s completely optional.
  • egg

For Serving

We serve cheddar pierogi with a dollop of sour cream, green onions, and fried onions. To make the fried onions, you Need butter, onions, and salt.

Equipment

You will also need measuring cups and spoons, large pots, potato masher or fork, mixing bowls, and a large skillet.

Homemade Potato and Cheese Perogies are comforting, delicious, and satisfying. These cheddar pierogi from scratch as easier to make than you think! | aheadofthyme.com

How to Make Homemade Potato and Cheese Perogies

  1. Boil potatoes. Place potatoes in a large pot. Add water to cover the top of the potatoes by about an inch. Add 1 teaspoon of salt and stir well to dissolve. Bring it to a boil over medium-high heat and cook until potatoes fork tender, about 20 minutes. Insert a fork to check doneness.
  2. Mash. Drain the water and use a potato masher or fork to mash the potatoes.
  3. Make filling. Add cheddar cheese, garlic powder, sour cream, remaining salt, and pepper. Stir well until evenly mixed and let it cool to room temperature or refrigerate until ready for use.

Homemade Potato and Cheese Perogies are comforting, delicious, and satisfying. These cheddar pierogi from scratch as easier to make than you think! | aheadofthyme.com

How to Make Pierogi Wrappers from Scratch

  1. Make dough. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together flour and salt until evenly combined. Add water, sour cream and egg. Stir well with a spatula until no dry flour is visible. Make sure to scrape off any remaining flour on the sides of the bowl.

Making dumpling wrappers from scratch has never been easier. This recipe makes high-quality homemade dumpling wrappers for any filling or folding technique. | aheadofthyme.com

  1. Knead. Transfer the dough onto a clean and dry surface. Knead the dough until it turns into a soft and smooth dough ball, about 10 minutes. You can also knead the dough on medium speed in a stand mixer for 10 minutes until smooth.

Tips for Kneading Dough

  • How to knead dough: Knead the dough by pushing it down and outward using the palms of your hands. Fold the dough in half toward you and press down. Repeat this motion by pushing the dough down and outward, and then folding over towards you. This helps build up gluten strength in dough that is responsible for making the bread fluffy.
  • How to test if dough is well-kneaded: A well-kneaded dough is smooth and can hold its shape. You can test the dough by giving it a firm poke with your finger. The indentation should bounce right back. If it doesn’t bounce back and stays Like a dimple, keep kneading for a few more minutes.
  1. Rest. Cover the dough with plastic cling wrap and let it rest for 10 minutes. Use a bench scraper or knife to divide the dough into 4 pieces.

Making dumpling wrappers from scratch has never been easier. This recipe makes high-quality homemade dumpling wrappers for any filling or folding technique. | aheadofthyme.com

  1. Roll. Lightly flour a clean surface and a rolling pin. Take one piece of dough at a time and use a rolling pin to roll it out to 1/16-inch thickness.
  2. Decrease out. Use a 3-inch round cookie cutter to Cut out circles from the dough. Repeat with the remaining dough balls. 

Making dumpling wrappers from scratch has never been easier. This recipe makes high-quality homemade dumpling wrappers for any filling or folding technique. | aheadofthyme.com

  1. Repeat. Combine the scraps into one dough ball and re-roll and repeat until all the dough is used up.

Making dumpling wrappers from scratch has never been easier. This recipe makes high-quality homemade dumpling wrappers for any filling or folding technique. | aheadofthyme.com

How to Assemble Perogies

Prepare a small bowl of water for dipping your fingers into. Take one pierogi wrapper at a time and place it in your palm. Dip your finger into water and smear it along the edge of the wrapper.

Add a tablespoon of filling onto the centre of the wrapper. Fold the wrapper over into a half-moon shape and enclose the filling inside. Press the edges together to seal, or pleat the edges together with your finger. Place the pierogies on a parchment-lined baking tray.

Homemade Potato and Cheese Perogies are comforting, delicious, and satisfying. These cheddar pierogi from scratch as easier to make than you think! | aheadofthyme.com

Repeat with all wrappers. Cover with a tea towel to prevent the wrappers from drying out until ready to cook.

Homemade Potato and Cheese Perogies are comforting, delicious, and satisfying. These cheddar pierogi from scratch as easier to make than you think! | aheadofthyme.com

Cooking Perogies

Add perogies (in batches) to a large pot of boiling water and cook until they are floating, about 3-5 minutes. Cook for another 2-3 minutes until the dough becomes tender.

Homemade Potato and Cheese Perogies are comforting, delicious, and satisfying. These cheddar pierogi from scratch as easier to make than you think! | aheadofthyme.com

Meanwhile, make the fried onions by melting butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add diced onion and sauté over medium-high heat until the onions are caramelized and crispy, about 10 minutes. Season with salt to taste.

Homemade Potato and Cheese Perogies are comforting, delicious, and satisfying. These cheddar pierogi from scratch as easier to make than you think! | aheadofthyme.com

How to Serve

Serve cheddar pierogies on their own, warm with a dollop of sour cream, green onions, and fried onions on top.

You can also find some delicious sides to pair them with, including:

  • Borscht (Beet Soup)
  • Garden Salad
  • Air Fryer Vegetables
  • Brussels Sprouts with Bacon
  • Creamy Cucumber Salad
  • Beef Cabbage Barley Soup

Homemade Potato and Cheese Perogies are comforting, delicious, and satisfying. These cheddar pierogi from scratch as easier to make than you think! | aheadofthyme.com

Storage/Freezing Instructions

How to Store

Place cooked or uncooked perogies in a single layer in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to three days.

How to Freeze

You can freeze both cooked or uncooked perogies. Place the perogies on a parchment-lined baking sheet and freeze for two hours. Then, transfer to an airtight container or plastic freezer bag and freeze for up to 3 months. Reheat cooked pierogi directly from frozen, or cook uncooked pierogi directly from frozen (adding a couple of minutes to the cook time).

How to Reheat

Reheat by boiling refrigerated perogies for 5-8 minutes or frozen perogies for 7-10 minutes. You can also reheat by microwaving uncovered in a microwave-safe container on high for 5-7 minutes.

Recipe Tips and Tricks

  • Serve with dipping sauce. While it’s not traditionally suggested, and you may have no trouble at all getting younger members of the family excited about these delicious cheddar perogies, serving them with a familiar dipping sauce can make trying a new dish less intimidating for picky eaters.
  • Try different filling combinations. These potato and cheese perogies are tasty as it is, but you can also try incorporating other ingredients Like ground or shredded meat, finely chopped fresh herbs, and different kinds of cooked mushrooms to mix things up and keep family pierogi night exciting!

More Potato Recipes

  • 40 Best Potato Recipes
  • Mashed Potato Balls
  • Mashed Potato Cakes
  • Mascarpone Mashed Potatoes
  • Mashed Potato Soup
  • Crispy Smashed Potatoes

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Homemade Potato and Cheese Perogies are comforting, delicious, and satisfying. These cheddar pierogi from scratch as easier to make than you think! | aheadofthyme.com

Homemade Potato and Cheese Perogies



  • Author:
    Sam Hu | Ahead of Thyme

  • Total Time:
    1 hour 30 minutes

  • Yield:
    30 perogies

  • Diet:
    Vegetarian

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Homemade Potato and Cheese Perogies are comforting, delicious, and satisfying. These cheddar pierogi from scratch as easier to make than you think!


Ingredients

For the filling:

  • 1 pound russet potatoes, peeled and chopped into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 ½ teaspoons saltdivided (or more to taste)
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream (optional)
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

For the pierogi wrapper:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ⅔ cup water
  • 1 tablespoon sour cream (optional)
  • 1 egg

For the fried onions:

  • ¼ cup butter
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • ¼ teaspoon salt

For serving (optional):

  • sour cream
  • green onions


Instructions

Prepare the filling:

  1. Place potatoes in a large pot. Add water to cover the top of the potatoes by about an inch. Add 1 teaspoon of salt and stir well to dissolve. Bring it to a boil over medium-high heat and cook until potatoes fork tender, about 20 minutes. Insert a fork to check doneness.
  2. Drain the water and use a potato masher or fork to mash the potatoes.
  3. Add cheddar cheese, garlic powder, sour cream, remaining salt, and pepper. Stir well until evenly mixed and let it cool to room temperature or refrigerate until ready for use.

Make the pierogi wrapper:

  1. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together flour and salt until evenly combined. Add water, sour cream and egg. Stir well with a spatula until no dry flour is visible. Make sure to scrape off any remaining flour on the sides of the bowl.
  2. Transfer the dough onto a clean and dry surface. Knead the dough until it turns into a soft and smooth dough ball, about 10 minutes. You can also knead the dough on medium speed in a stand mixer for 10 minutes until smooth.
  3. Cover the dough with plastic cling wrap and let it rest for 10 minutes.
  4. Use a bench scraper or knife to divide the dough into 4 pieces. Lightly flour a clean surface and a rolling pin. Take one piece of dough at a time and use a rolling pin to roll it out to 1/16-inch thickness.
  5. Use a 3-inch round cookie cutter to Reduce out circles from the dough. Repeat with the remaining dough balls. 
  6. Combine the scraps into one dough ball and re-roll and repeat until all the dough is used up.

Assemble the perogies:

  1. Prepare a small bowl of water for dipping your fingers into. Take one pierogi wrapper at a time and place it in your palm. Dip your finger into water and smear it along the edge of the wrapper.
  2. Add a tablespoon of filling onto the centre of the wrapper. Fold the wrapper over into a half-moon shape and enclose the filling inside. Press the edges together to seal, or pleat the edges together with your finger. Place the pierogies on a parchment-lined baking tray.
  3. Repeat with all wrappers. Cover with a tea towel to prevent the wrappers from drying out until ready to cook.

Make fried onions:

  1. Melt butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add diced onion and sauté over medium-high heat until the onions are caramelized and crispy, about 10 minutes. Season with salt to taste.

Cook the perogies:

  1. Add perogies (in batches) to a large pot of boiling water and cook until they are floating, about 3-5 minutes. Cook for another 2-3 minutes until the dough becomes tender.
  2. Serve warm with a dollop of sour cream, green onions, and fried onions on top.

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Notes

How to store: Place cooked or uncooked perogies in a single layer in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to three days.

How to freeze: You can freeze both cooked or uncooked perogies. Place the perogies on a parchment-lined baking sheet and freeze for two hours. Then, transfer to an airtight container or plastic freezer bag and freeze for up to 3 months. Reheat cooked pierogi directly from frozen, or cook uncooked pierogi directly from frozen (adding a couple of minutes to the cook time).

How to reheat: Reheat by boiling refrigerated perogies for 5-8 minutes or frozen perogies for 7-10 minutes. You can also reheat by microwaving uncovered in a microwave-safe container on high for 5-7 minutes.

Try different filling combinations: These potato and cheese perogies are tasty as it is, but you can also try incorporating other ingredients like ground or shredded meat, finely chopped fresh herbs, and different kinds of cooked mushrooms to mix things up and keep family pierogi night exciting!

  • Prep Time: 1 hour
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Boil
  • Cuisine: Ukrainian

Keywords: homemade potato and cheese perogies, cheddar perogies, homemade pierogi

Homemade Potato and Cheese Perogies – Comfort Food  

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