Crispy Baked Pierogi: A Polish Comfort Food Delight


Prepare to be swept off your feet by the irresistible aroma and golden crispy texture of these Baked Pierogi (Zapiekane Pierogi). A beloved comfort food in Polish cuisine, these little pockets of deliciousness are filled with a savory blend of potatoes, cheese, and aromatic herbs, then baked to perfection until the dough achieves a delightful crunch. Each bite unveils a burst of flavors that will transport you to the warmth of a traditional Polish kitchen, where the art of crafting hearty and soul-satisfying dishes is a cherished tradition.

Crispy Baked Pierogi: A Polish Comfort Food Delight

Preparation Details

  • Preparation Time: 45 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes

Number of Servings and Serving Size

  • Servings: 6
  • Serving Size: 4-5 pierogi

Genuine Nutritional Information (per serving)

  • Calories: 380
  • Total Fat: 14g
  • Saturated Fat: 6g
  • Cholesterol: 45mg
  • Sodium: 520mg
  • Total Carbohydrates: 52g
  • Dietary Fiber: 3g
  • Protein: 12g


  • 1 batch of pierogi dough (or 24 pre-made pierogi)
  • 2 lbs (900g) russet potatoes, peeled and cooked
  • 1 cup (100g) shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup (60g) crumbled feta cheese
  • 2 tbsp butter, melted
  • 2 tbsp breadcrumbs
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh dill
  • Salt and black pepper, to taste

Detailed Method of Preparation

  1. If using pre-made pierogi, skip to step 4. Otherwise, prepare the pierogi dough according to your preferred recipe.
  2. Mash the cooked potatoes in a large bowl, leaving some chunks for texture.
  3. Add the shredded cheddar cheese, crumbled feta, melted butter, minced garlic, chopped dill, salt, and black pepper to the mashed potatoes. Mix well to combine.
  4. Working with a few at a time, place a heaping tablespoon of the potato filling in the center of each pierogi wrapper.
  5. Fold the dough over the filling to form a half-moon shape, and crimp the edges with a fork to seal the pierogi.
  6. Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C).
  7. Lightly grease a large baking sheet or oven-safe dish with cooking spray or butter.
  8. Arrange the pierogi in a single layer on the prepared baking sheet or dish.
  9. Brush the tops of the pierogi with melted butter or olive oil, and sprinkle with breadcrumbs.
  10. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until the pierogi are golden brown and crispy.
  11. Remove from the oven and let cool slightly before serving.
  12. Serve the Crispy Baked Pierogi warm, garnished with additional chopped dill or a dollop of sour cream, if desired.

Tips for Culinary Success

  • For extra crispiness, brush the pierogi with melted butter or olive oil and sprinkle with breadcrumbs before baking.
  • Experiment with different fillings, such as sauerkraut, mushrooms, or ground meat, for a variety of flavors.
  • Bake the pierogi on a pizza stone or baking steel for an extra crispy bottom crust.
  • Reheat any leftovers in the oven or a skillet to regain their crispiness.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q: Can I freeze the unbaked pierogi?

A: Yes, you can freeze the unbaked pierogi for later use. Arrange them in a single layer on a baking sheet and freeze until solid, then transfer them to an airtight container or ziplock bag. Bake them straight from the freezer, adding a few extra minutes to the baking time.

Q: Can I boil the pierogi instead of baking them?

A: Traditionally, pierogi are boiled, but baking them gives them a delightful crispy texture. If you prefer the boiled version, cook them in salted boiling water for 3-4 minutes, or until they float to the surface.

Q: What sides go well with Baked Pierogi?

A: Baked Pierogi pairs beautifully with a variety of sides, such as sautéed cabbage or sauerkraut, Polish cucumber salad, or a simple green salad. You can also serve them with a dollop of sour cream or a tomato-based sauce for dipping.

As the aroma of crispy, golden Baked Pierogi fills the air, you'll be transported to a realm of comfort and warmth that only Polish cuisine can offer. Each bite unveils a harmonious blend of flavors – the soft, creamy potatoes, the tangy cheese, and the aromatic herbs – all encased in a delightfully crunchy dough. Savor the moment, for this dish is more than just a meal; it's a celebration of tradition, a culinary hug that embraces you with the warmth of a Polish home. Indulge in this comforting delight, and let it nourish not only your body but your soul as well.