Vegan “Ruskie” Potato Pierogie

Since I am 100%, first generation Polish, pierogies has a been a tradition for many years.  Pierogies is the staple for many holiday dinners. It’s my fave Polish food, especially “Ruskie” aka Potato cheese. Now I am vegan, I had to find a way to recreate this recipe.    I am happy to share this recipe because it’s so good and can keep my Polish Tradition.

Warning: Perfecting the pierogi technique will take time, but you will get the hang of it.  Practice makes perfect.  I have been making pierogies  for many years.

Last warning: Making pierogies takes up your day.

Ingredients for the dough:
2 cups all purpose flour or gluten free (*GF dough breaks easily)
1/2 cup warm water
1/4 cup Melt (vegan margarine brand) or canola oil

Ingredients for”Ruskie”-Potato filling 
1 cup cooked & mashed Idaho potatoes
1 cup chopped caramelized onions cooked with olive oil
1-2 minced garlic cloves
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp pepper
Pinch of sea salt

Filling Direction Prep:  *Prep the filling day before. 
– Mix all the ingredients well and place the mixture covered in the refrigerator.

Dough Direction Prep:
-Mix all the dough ingredients on a big wooden cutting board or a clean surface. Knead until smooth, add some extra warm weather if needed.
-Let it set for 30 min covered.

Directions to start the process:
Part 1:
-Separate the dough in 2 parts.
-Roll out the first part till its 1/8″ thick.
-Use the top water glass to cut circles or use a 3-4″ circle cookie cutter.

Part 2: *Start boiling water with a large pot
-Have a warm glass of water by your side.  This will be used to seal it closed if needed.
-Grab your circle and place it on top of your thumb and pointer finger.
-Use a spoon and scoop about 1 tbs to the center of circle.

-Put some water along the 1/2  edge of the circle.
-Fold it over and pinch the center and work your way along the edge. Make sure it’s completely sealed or water will get in.
-Once it’s completely sealed, gently drop the pierogis one by one in boiling water. Stir gently.
-When the pierogis floats, scoop it up, and place it on a plate.


Part 3: * The day you will eat the pierogis.
-Get a large pan. Add some olive oil and chopped onions.
-Once the onions is about to caramelize, add the pierogis on the pan.
-Cook both sides till lightly brown 🙂
-Once it’s ready, Enjoy your Vegan-licious Pierogis!

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