Homestyle Pierogi Ruskie: A Potato and Cheese Delight


Dive into the heart of Eastern European cuisine with our Homestyle Pierogi Ruskie, a comforting potato and cheese delight that encapsulates the soul of traditional cooking. These tender, doughy pockets are generously filled with a creamy mixture of mashed potatoes and rich farmer's cheese, seasoned to perfection with onions and spices. Each pierogi is a testament to the simplicity and richness of homestyle cooking, offering a taste of heritage and warmth in every bite. Perfect for a cozy family dinner or a festive gathering, Pierogi Ruskie promises to transport you to a world of culinary nostalgia and satisfaction.

Homestyle Pierogi Ruskie: A Potato and Cheese Delight

Preparation and Cooking Times

  • Preparation Time: 1 hour
  • Cooking Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes

Servings and Serving Size

  • Servings: 6 (about 36 pierogi)
  • Serving Size: 6 pierogi per person

Nutritional Information (Per Serving)

  • Calories: 350 kcal
  • Protein: 12 g
  • Carbohydrates: 50 g
  • Fat: 10 g
  • Fiber: 3 g
  • Sugar: 2 g
  • Sodium: 200 mg


  • For the Dough:
    • 2 cups all-purpose flour, plus extra for dusting
    • 1 large egg
    • 1/2 cup water
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • For the Filling:
    • 2 cups mashed potatoes
    • 1 cup farmer's cheese (or ricotta as a substitute)
    • 1 onion, finely chopped and sautéed
    • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • For Serving:
    • Melted butter
    • Sour cream
    • Fresh dill, chopped

Detailed Method of Preparation

  1. In a large bowl, combine the flour, egg, water, and salt. Knead until the dough is smooth and elastic. Cover and let rest for 30 minutes.
  2. In a mixing bowl, combine the mashed potatoes, farmer's cheese, sautéed onion, salt, and pepper. Mix until smooth and homogeneous.
  3. On a floured surface, roll out the dough to about 1/8 inch thick. Use a round cutter (or a glass) to cut out circles.
  4. Place a spoonful of the filling in the center of each circle. Fold the dough over the filling to create a half-moon shape. Seal the edges firmly, ensuring no filling leaks out.
  5. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the pierogi in batches, cooking until they rise to the surface, about 3-5 minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon.
  6. Serve the pierogi hot, drizzled with melted butter, a dollop of sour cream, and a sprinkle of fresh dill.

Tips for Culinary Success:

  • Ensure the mashed potatoes are cool and firm to make the filling easier to handle.
  • For a crispy finish, pan-fry the boiled pierogi in butter until golden brown on each side.
  • Experiment with different fillings, such as sauerkraut and mushrooms, to explore the versatility of pierogi.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can I freeze Pierogi Ruskie?

Yes, pierogi can be frozen before boiling. Place them on a baking sheet until solid, then transfer to a freezer bag.

What if I don’t have farmer’s cheese?

Ricotta cheese is a good substitute, though slightly less traditional.

How can I ensure my pierogi don’t open while cooking?

Be sure to seal the edges firmly, possibly using a fork to crimp them for extra security.

The Homestyle Pierogi Ruskie stands as a beloved classic, bridging generations and cultures with its simple yet profound flavors. Whether shared among friends or cherished in a quiet moment alone, these potato and cheese pierogi offer a comforting embrace, reminding us of the power of food to bring people together. Embrace the joy of cooking and the delight of tradition with each delicious bite, and let this dish be a warm welcome to the rich tapestry of Eastern European cuisine.