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Nov 1, 2012 06:47 PM

In search of authentic pierogi recipe

Hi all. I've done a little research and found that authentic pierogi dough contains no eggs, but I'm trying to find a recipe that is tried and true (message board, forum, Pinterest, etc.) with no luck. I've never made them myself, but consider myself a true Polock so I want to do them right :) Can anyone help?


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  1. This site describes the method my Polish born late mother-in-law showed me.

      1. re: paulj

        OP says " ... but consider myself a true Polock ..." so I guess it's the Polish version.

      2. I assume you're looking for a "tried and true" dough recipe, rather than recipes that include fillings. That's probably your best bet because you can fill them (even Polish Pierogi) with just about anything.
        I'm no expert at Pierogi dough but this folks apparently are:

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        1. re: todao

          that's exactly what i posted above!


          The internet is a terrible copy and paste machine, so you will probably see the same thing again and again, but you won't see these ones. unless I posted it somewhere else. I might have a recipe without eggs or sour cream, but it isn't scanned. This toughness issue the tasting poland link says sounds like bull to me, the sour cream or eggs makes the dough soft, same as the oil does for that recipe. Other than recipes for strict fasting, I don't think I've seen ones without eggs. I think this authentic pierogi dough stuff is kind of nonsense to begin with, eastern/central european cooking isn't really codified.

          Here is one with potatoes to soften the dough:

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          1. re: j8715

            My mother in law made really good ones that way, so it is good enough for me.

            1. Just wondering, are frozen pierogies sold all over the US? Here in Chicago pierogies are wall-to-wall but as we have more Polish people than any city but Warsaw, that could explain our pierogi density. Because, if you have them in the freezer case, you can make instant chicken and dumplings but putting frozen pierogies in a deep baking dish with chunks of boneless skinless chicken, filling the dish to the top with chicken stock (from a box is OK since this is an instant recipe), tightly covering the dish with foil, and baking it at 350* for an hour and a half.

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              1. re: Querencia

                Martha Stewart taped an episode with her mother and they made Pierogies...I bet you can find it on u tube or maybe the recipe is in Martha Stewart archives....If you like pierogies you should also experimet with all of the dumplings in a good oriental store...My favorite store has an entire 4 door case FULL of different types of filled dough dumplings...

                1. re: Querencia

                  They are quite available here in Western MA, both fresh and frozen, but we have a large population of Polish heritage.
                  There is a church fair near me where they make fabulous pierogis and it is VERY popular.

                  1. re: Querencia

                    In north Texas, we have ONE that is sold commercially that is frozen. I wish we had more variety and I will be making a homemade one in the very near future.