Homemade vareniki is the Russian name for a Polish pierogi. Since my husband is Doukhobor, we make quite a bit of vareniki in our house.
Homemade pierogies are so much tastier than frozen store. They are a perfect winter comfort food. It’s a great way to enjoy your homemade cottage cheese and sauerkraut. They also freeze well to make a wonderful and wholesome “instant” meal for those crazy weeknight evenings.
- 2½ cups flour
- ½ tsp sea salt
- 1 egg (see notes for a vegan option)
- 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- Approximately ½ cup milk (enough to make a dough)
- Mix all the dough ingredients together. Kneed for 5-10 minutes until you get a nice smooth dough. Cover with a damp towel, and let rest while you prepare your fillings. See notes for a link to recipes for filling pierogies.
- Roll out your dough to ¼" thick. Cut out 6" circles. Put 1 tbsp of filling in the centre of each circle. Fold the circle in half to make a semi circle and seal the edges. They don't have to look pretty, you just need to keep the filling in.
- To cook the pierogies, drop a few into a pot of boiling water, careful to avoid crowding them. Let them boil until they float (about 5 minutes).
- Scoop them out with a slotted spoon and store in a large casserole. Drizzle each layer with oil or butter to prevent sticking.
- Keep warm in the oven or pan fry with onions. Serve fresh and hot with sour cream.
- Vegan: homemade vareniki can easily be made without the egg or butter. No need to replace the egg in the dough, just add a little extra water as needed.
- Pierogi fillings deserved their own post as I have at least 10 favourite fillings to share.
- Normally white flour is used for vareniki, but I’ve even used wholewheat flour and spelt in this recipe. Here’s my gluten free recipe.
- Replace the water with whey to add a rich flavour to your dough.
- Freeze uncooked pierogies on a non-stick cookie sheet for 2 hours. Then seal them in a bag and stash in the freezer for future meals. Cook from frozen in boiling water as described in the recipe.