Vareniki (Pierogi)

Homemade vareniki are the ultimate comfort food. Made a large batch and freeze for quick dinners

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Vareniki are a Russian version of pierogies. They can be stuffed with a wide variety of delicious fillings, ranging from traditional potato and cheese to fresh berries. They also freeze well for a homemade “instant” meal.




  1. Mix all the dough ingredients together. If the dough seems overly dry add 1-2 tbsp of milk. Kneed for 5-10 minutes until you get a nice smooth dough. Cover with a damp towel, and allow rest while you prepare your fillings. See notes for a link to recipes for filling pierogies.
  2. Roll out your dough to 1/4″ 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.
  3. To cook the pierogies, drop a few (4-8) into a pot of boiling water. Avoid crowding them or they might stick together. Boil until they float (about 5 minutes).
  4. Scoop the cooked vareniki out of the water with a slotted spoon. Store in a large casserole. Drizzle each layer with oil or butter to prevent sticking.
  5. Keep warm in the oven or pan fry with onions.
  6. Serve fresh and hot with sour cream.


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