These homemade Pierogi filled with cheesy potatoes, tossed with crisp bacon and melted butter, and served with sour cream is the ultimate comfort food. They can be served as the main dish or as an irresistible side.

Pierogi are as classic to Eastern European cuisine as Stuffed Cabbage Rolls, Piroshki, and Schnitzel. They will never go out of style. Watch the video tutorial and you’ll be enjoying pierogi in no time.

Cooked pierogies on a blue plate with bacon

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What Are Pierogi?

Pierogi are dumplings with a tender dough and savory or sweet fillings, similar to ravioli. They are boiled in water and tossed in butter to serve. Pierogi are a staple in Eastern European countries, especially Poland, where they are the national food, but we grew up eating them in Ukraine, and they are well-loved throughout the world.

Most Americans know them as Polish pierogi and buy “Mrs. T Pierogies” (a sad store-bought version), but my homemade pierogi (or Ukrainian “Vareniki”) will blow the frozen ones out of the water!

Pierogi Recipe Video

See how easy it is to make homemade pierogi with Natasha’s classic recipe! Be sure to note her tip on how to make the pretty fluted edge and easy stuffing using her favorite mini-scoop to add the potato filling. Now gather some friends, and let’s get rolling!

*Note that we updated the recipe in 2024 to include more oil for a softer and more tender dough and knead the dough for less time.

The Best Pierogi Recipe

If you haven’t tried pierogi before, you’re about to fall in love. These are the best of a warm, cheesy loaded baked potato in a bite-sized dumpling. This pierogi recipe makes 50-60 perfect dumplings, enough to freeze for later or serve a large crowd.

Growing up, this potato pierogi recipe, or “Vareniki” was my favorite, so it was a no-brainer that it needed to be included in Natasha’s Kitchen Cookbook. My Mother and sisters rolled huge batches of pierogi dough, stuffing, and expertly molding them. Each buttery batch disappeared so fast! These days my kids love rolling the dough and crimping every dough pocket.

Grandma, Mom and daughter making pierogi together


You’ll love the simplicity of the ingredients – they are pantry and refrigerator staples.

  • Liquid Ingredients – combining warm water, milk and sour cream adds fat to the dough and flavor.
  • Oil – we use extra light olive oil, but any mild-flavored oil will work. The oil makes the dough very soft and easy to roll out.
  • Egg – binds the dough, room temperature eggs mix more easily
  • Salt – adds flavor to the dough and cooking water
  • Flour – all-purpose flour works great but measure correctly so the dough isn’t dense.
  • Potato Filling – we combine russet potatoes, salt, butter, and cheese. Russets will give you the smoothest and creamiest filling. Our go-to cheeses are cream cheese and mozzarella but you can substitute with cheddar, havarti, or your favorite cheese.
Ingredients for making potato and cheese dumplings

Can I use Leftover Mashed Potatoes?

As a shortcut, use leftover mashed potatoes for the filling (avoid instant or flaked potatoes), just be sure they aren’t overly creamy or soft, which can make the pierogi fall apart. To use leftover mashed potatoes for pierogi, simply omit the butter from the filling and be sure the leftover mashed potatoes are cold when mixing.

Pierogi Filling Variations

While this potato and cheese version is my favorite, pierogi variations are endless, from sweet to savory! Here are some of my favorite pierogi recipes for any occasion—Holidays, weeknight dinners, breakfast, and even dessert. If you have a unique filling that you make, please share in a comment below!

Tips for Making Perfect Pierogi

This recipe makes the best pierogi! If you’re new to making pierogi or want to perfect your skills, here are some tips to ensure success:

  • Don’t overcook potatoes – they can become waterlogged and too loose.
  • Avoid over-kneading dough that develops gluten making it tough, chewy, and difficult to roll out.
  • Rest the dough – this allows the gluten to relax, making it much easier to roll out.
  • Keep the dough covered – wrap it in plastic when not actively using it so it doesn’t dry out.
  • Roll dough thinly – it should be about 1/8″ thick. If it’s too thick, it can seem dense.
  • Keep dough edges clear – don’t overfill, and avoid getting potato or any filling on the edges of the dough circles or it will be difficult to seal. I use this mini-scoop to help with clean portioning, but you can use a couple of teaspoons to portion.
  • Tightly seal – I prefer to double crimp (go over the edges twice) to ensure a tight seal so the contents don’t seep out while boiling
  • Cook in Batches – Don’t overcrowd your pot; allow the pierogi some room to float to the top.
  • Don’t overcook pierogi – if the dough gets too soft, the filling might escape into the cooking water.
  • Butter right away – toss freshly cooked pierogi with melted butter to prevent sticking.

How to Freeze Pierogi

This recipe makes a large batch, so you can make the pierogi ahead and cook when you’re ready to eat. 

  • After shaping the dumplings, dust a baking sheet with flour and arrange the pierogi so they aren’t touching. Loosely cover with plastic wrap and freeze for 2 hours or until firm.
  • Once frozen, transfer to a large freezer-safe zip-top bag to store for up to 3 months.
  • When ready to cook, drop the frozen pierogis into the boiling water and continue with the recipe per the instructions.
how to freeze pierogi on a sheetpan

What to Serve with Pierogi

These cheesy pierogi can be served as a side dish or the main course. We include a dollop or bowl of sour cream for dipping. Other dipping options include butter sauce or plain yogurt.

To serve as a side, build your Eastern European menu with these traditional pairings for pierogi:

Storing & Reheating Leftovers

If you have leftovers, pierogi keep well in the fridge and freezer. Make sure they have cooled to room temperature before storing.

  • To Refrigerate: Store in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-5 days.
  • Freezing: Arrange cooked pierogi in one layer or dust with flour to prevent sticking in an airtight container for 3 months. 
  • To Reheat: Thaw cooked pierogis in the refrigerator. Boil until warm, about 90 seconds, heat in the air fryer at 400 degrees for 5 minutes, or pan fry in butter until warm.
The best pierogi recipe on a blue plate with bacon

You are sure to fall in love with this pierogi recipe immediately! The cheesy potato filling and bacon-butter topping make these pierogies irresistible. Grab a few extra hands, and roll these delicious dumplings today!

Natasha's Kitchen Cookbook

Pierogi Recipe

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Author: Natasha of
Pierogi on a plate with bacon and a fork
Pierogi filled with cheesy potatoes, tossed with crisp bacon and melted butter and served with sour cream is the ultimate comfort food. 
Prep Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours


Servings: 12 servings (5 pierogi per serving)

Ingredients for Potato Filing:

  • 2 lbs russet potatoes, (5 medium), peeled
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 3/4 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded

For the Pierogi Dough:

For the Toppings (For 1/3 batch):

  • 4 oz bacon, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • sour cream, optional, to serve


How to Make Potato Cheese Filling:

  • Place potatoes in a pot, add enough water to cover potatoes then bring to a boil over medium/high and continue cooking 25 minutes or until easily pierced with a fork. Drain and cool 5 minutes then mash potatoes until smooth.
  • Mash in 1/2 tsp salt, 2 Tbsp melted butter and 2 oz cream cheese. Mash in 3/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese. Partially cover and set aside while rolling out the dough. 

To Make Pierogi Dough:

  • In the bowl of a stand mixer (or large mixing bowl if mixing by hand), whisk together 1 cup warm water, 1/4 cup milk, 2 Tbsp sour cream, 1 egg, 3 Tbsp oil, and 1 1/2 tsp salt until blended.
  • Using the dough hook attachment (or wooden spoon if done by hand), add 2 cups flour and mix on speed 2 until incorporated. Add remaining flour 1/2 cup at a time, letting it incorporate before adding more. Add the last bit of flour, 1 Tbsp at a time, just until the dough no longer sticks to the sides of the bowl, or to your hands. Knead on speed 2 or by hand for 2-3 minutes until the dough is smooth and elastic. Cover with plastic wrap and let rest for 30 minutes.

How to Mold Pierogi:

  • Divide dough into 2 pieces. Cover the second piece and thinly roll the first piece out onto a floured surface to just under 1/8” thickness.
  • Use a 3” diameter round cookie cutter to cut circles from the dough, keeping them as close as possible (collect scraps and keep covered to re-use). Add 1/2 Tbsp of potatoes over each round (a mini scoop makes portioning easy).
  • To form pierogi, pull the 2 edges together and pinch tightly to seal. To ensure a tight seal, crimp the edges a second time with a pinch and twist motion. Cook or freeze pierogi for a future dinner (see freezing instructions in post).

How to Make Bacon Topping:

  • Make the topping before boiling pierogi so it’s ready to drizzle over pierogi to prevent sticking. In a medium skillet, saute bacon. Once crisp, melt in 2 Tbsp butter and remove from heat.  

How to Cook Pierogi:

  • Bring a pot of water to a rolling boil and add 1 Tbsp salt. Add fresh or frozen pierogi in batches. Cook for about 2 minutes or until the water has returned to a boil and the pierogi float to the top. Remove to a bowl with a strainer or slotted spoon drizzling buttery bacon between layers. 


This recipe makes 55-60 pierogi, based on how thinly you roll.
Recipe updated 4/4/24 – we added oil to the dough and reduced the kneading time for a softer, more tender dough. 

Nutrition Per Serving

246kcal Calories32g Carbs8g Protein8g Fat4g Saturated Fat36mg Cholesterol583mg Sodium68mg Potassium1g Fiber270IU Vitamin A56mg Calcium2.1mg Iron
Nutrition Facts
Pierogi Recipe
Amount per Serving
% Daily Value*
Saturated Fat
Vitamin A
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Russian, Ukrainian
Keyword: Pierogi, Pierogi Recipe
Skill Level: Medium
Cost to Make: $
Calories: 246

Natasha Kravchuk

Welcome to my kitchen! I am Natasha, the blogger behind Natasha's Kitchen (since 2009). My husband and I run this blog together and share only our best, family approved and tested recipes with YOU. Thanks for stopping by! We are so happy you're here.

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  • Peter Lesinky
    April 7, 2024

    As a fellow Ukie, these are in my blood as soon as I could chew food, and that is over 60 years now. The way I love Vareniki is just as you prepared it, it reminds me of my times in my Aunts kitchen many years ago. But alas, these day I depend on a local business here in the Windsor Ontario area that has made these that are comparable to my own. Little Foot Foods comes up with many variations on this beautiful food. So I will say your vids are always so well done and entertaining, and the recipes that I have replicated here at home are top notch. So thank you and keep it up, loving it all.


      April 8, 2024

      Thank you so much, Peter!


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