What to Serve with Perogies?
Perogies are classic comfort foods. They are usually served with mashed potatoes, fried onion, sauerkraut, bacon, mushrooms, and cheese. However, there are many ways you can add flavor to your perogies without making them taste bland.
These stuffed half-moon dumplings from Eastern European cuisine are classic comfort food that is great served either as the main course or as a perfect side dish for pierogi. In this article, you’ll find 10 mouthwatering recipes here that show you the best options of foods to go with perogies.
What Are Perogies?
Potato dumplings (perogies) are small dough pockets usually stuffed with mashed fried onions, spinach, potato, fried onions, spinach, bacon, mushroom, and meat. They can also be filled with a sweet filling made from fruits such as strawberries, blueberries, and apples, or a sweet cream cheese filling.
Perogies are delicious little treats that are usually served during holidays and special occasions. You’ll find them at restaurants and bakeries throughout the year, but they are especially common during the holiday season.
You can serve perogies as appetizers, colorful side dishes, or main courses. They are great finger food, so if you’re serving them as appetizers, you might consider making them bite-sized.
They are traditionally served warm, but you can also freeze them and reheat them later. Just remember not to defrost them until right before serving.
Perogies come in various shapes and sizes. Some are round, others are square, and still, others are triangular. There are also variations in the types of fillings used.
Some perogies are stuffed with savory ingredients, while others are filled with sweet traditional pierogi toppings. Whatever kind of perogies you decide to make, just make sure you enjoy eating them!
How Are Perogies Traditionally Prepared?
You may not realize it, but perogies are actually quite simple to prepare. All you really need is a big boiled pot of water and a slotted spoon. Once the pierogi are floating at the surface, remove them with the slotted spoon and place them in a baking dish or pan.
You can bake them until golden brown or fry them in a large skillet with a little bit of butter or olive oil over low heat. Either way, they taste delicious!
1. Onions And Bacon
This recipe for cheese and potato perogies comes from a friend of mine who lives in Poland. He told me that he likes to eat his perogies with onions and bacon. I’ve never tried making perogies without any polish toppings, but I’m definitely interested in trying this recipe.
To make this hot dish, you’ll need to cook bacon in a pan. Then, remove the bacon and sauté some onions in the bacon fat. Season with salt and pepper, pour a bit of beer if desired, and let the onions simmer until soft and caramelized. Finally, add some butter for extra flavor, and sprinkle on some fresh herbs.
You can serve this delicious topping with cheese and potato perogies dumplings. You can find recipes online for making pierogi side dishes at sites like Food Network and Cooking Channel.
2. Parsnips, Carrots, Brussels Sprouts
These perogy recipes are great for any meal of the day. They taste amazing together, especially if you drizzle them with some maple syrup.
You’ve got earthy parsnip, nutty Brussels sprouts, and sweet carrot giving you the perfect combination. It’s exactly what your savory side dish of pierogi needs!
Pop it in the oven to give it a little bit of crunch and caramelization. Serve it alongside your favorite meat dishes or enjoy it on its own.
You’ve probably heard of kielbasa, but did you know that there are actually several types of sausages out there? You might not think of kielbasa as being a healthy option, but it’s actually quite delicious if prepared correctly.
To prepare this dish, simply add some onions and bell peppers to a sheet pan and pop it in the oven. After 15 minutes, remove the pan from the oven and add some kielbasa to the mix. Bake for another 10 minutes and serve!
Don’t worry if you don’t have kielbasa available right now. Experiment with other types of polish sausages instead. Try brats, bangers, chorizo, hot dogs, Italian salami, etc. Whatever you decide to try, just remember to keep it simple and tasty!
4. Sour Cream, Mushroom, And Onions
Pierogi are delicious little pockets stuffed with savory goodness. You can stuff them with almost anything, including cheese, meat, vegetables, and more. But if you want to really impress your guests, try stuffing them with savory perogies.
These tasty Polish dumplings are made with dough that is rolled out thin and cut into circles. Then, the filling is added and the two sides are folded over and sealed. Pierogi are usually served with sour cream and onions, but you can spice them up with any number of ingredients.
Wild mushrooms such as red pine mushrooms and porcini mushrooms pair well with onions, so combine them with onions, sautee them in butter, and add your favorite herbs and spices to give them a kick. Top your pierogi with the sauteed veggie mixture and add a dollop of sour cream.
5. Cucumber Salad
For a tasty side dish, try making a Greek cucumber salad. Cucumbers are cool and crispy, and they give a great contrast to the richness and softness of perogies (dumplings). You’ll enjoy this recipe if you like cucumbers, Greek yogurt, and dill.
Combine cucumber slices, red onion, dill, oregano, and Greek yogurt in a bowl. For the dressing, mix olive oil, vinegar, lemon juice, salt, and pepper.
This recipe combines two of my favorite foods – creamy cucumber salad and perogies. You’ll find that the combination makes for a delicious side dish that’s great for summertime entertaining.
Start by slicing a couple of large cucumbers lengthwise. Then cut them crosswise into thin strips. Next, slice a small onion into rings. Finally, chop a handful of fresh dill leaves. Mix all of those ingredients together in a bowl along with a cup of plain Greek yogurt.
For the dressing, whisk together 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil, 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar, and 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice. Add salt and pepper to taste. Drizzle the dressing over the crunchy salads and toss well. Serve chilled.
6. Cabbage And Bacon
This recipe uses cabbage and bacon to add a delicious twist to traditional Polish cuisine. It’s a great cabbage side dish for perogies for any tasty and unforgettable meal, especially during the holidays.
You’ll need to cook the bacon first, so start by frying it until crispy. Then remove the bacon pieces and let them drain on paper towels. Next, chop the cabbage into bite-sized pieces. Finally, melt some butter in a pan and sauté the cabbage until slightly wilted.
Add the cabbage to the perogies along with the bacon bits and enjoy. To make this recipe extra special, try adding some garlic powder and paprika to the mix. These ingredients will bring out the natural sweetness of the cabbage and give it a wonderful salty, smoky, herbal flavor.
This recipe for perogy nachos is great for parties, potlucks, picnics, tailgates, and any other occasion where you’d like to serve delicious food without spending a ton of cash. You’ll only need two ingredients – perogi dough and nacho topping mix.
You can either buy pre-made perogy dough at most grocery stores or make your own using the recipe below. Either way, you’ll end up with crispy perogies for dinner that taste amazing topped with your favorite nacho topping mix.
8. Cranberry Relish
This recipe calls for cranberry relish, which is made using fresh cranberries and sugar and has a delicious combination of intense flavors of sweet and tangy. Cranberries add a beautiful pop of red to your plate, and they pair perfectly with savory perogie.
You’ll need two ingredients to make this recipe: cranberry relish and perogies. You can find cranberry relish at most grocery stores, and sweet perogies are available online. Both items are easy to prepare, making this favorite dish a great go-to side dish for any mealtime.
9. Butter, Sugar, And Cream
These little treats are perfect for dessert or breakfast. They’re great for parties or picnics, and they’re super easy to make. Just mix some butter, sugar, and whipped cream together and sprinkle on your favorite pierogie recipe.
These perogy toppings are great for adding sweetness and richness to your pierogis. Just sprinkle some powdered sugar on your pierogies and add a little bit of butter and whipped cream to really bring out the fresh flavors.
You can also add some chocolate chips or sprinkles for extra flair. Don’t forget to serve them with a side of ketchup and mustard for dipping.
Pierogies are traditionally served with sour cream and caramelized onions. However, if you’d prefer not to include those ingredients, you can still enjoy your pierogie with a little extra sweetness. Add a dollop of butter, a sprinkle of powdered sugar, and a scoop of whipped cream.
10. Slow Roasted Tomatoes
This recipe for slow-roasted tomatoes complements your pierogi perfectly. You’ll notice that there isn’t any added seasoning, but that’s intentional. The slow roasting enhances the natural flavors of the tomato, making it taste sweeter and juicier.
To roast the tomatoes, simply cut them in half and lay them skin-side down on a baking sheet. Then add a piece of garlic to each tomato and drizzle with black olives oil and balsamic vinegar. Sprinkle a little sugar, salt, and black pepper on top.
You’ll end up with sweet and juicy tomatoes with beautiful char on the outside. These are great served alongside your pierogis. They’re great served alongside pierogis, but they’re also delicious on flavorful salads, sandwiches, pasta dishes, pizza toppings, etc.