Cheater Pierogi


Whether you're an old pro or brand new to the joys of pierogi, I hope you give these easy, cheesy dumplings a try.

Prep Time:
45 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs 15 mins
Additional Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs 10 mins
50 pierogi


  • 2 teaspoons butter

  • 4 slices bacon, chopped

  • 2 tablespoons bacon drippings

  • ½ yellow onion, diced

  • 5 medium Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and halved

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste

  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper

  • 1 large egg

  • 1 ½ cups farmer’s cheese, or any cheese blend

  • 1 large egg

  • 1 tablespoon water

  • 50 wonton wrappers, or as needed

  • 1 cup sour cream

  • ¼ cup chopped fresh chives


  1. Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add chopped bacon and onions; cook and stir until the bacon is crisp and the onions are browned, 6 to 8 minutes. Remove bacon and onions to a small dish, reserving about 2 tablespoons of the bacon fat for frying the pierogi.

  2. Place potatoes into a large pot and cover with salted water; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until tender, about 20 minutes. Drain and mash until smooth. Allow to cool for 10 minutes. Season with salt, black pepper, and cayenne pepper. Stir in 1 egg and farmer's cheese. Cover and refrigerate until chilled, about 30 minutes.

  3. Beat 1 egg with 1 tablespoon water in a bowl for the egg wash.

  4. Place 2 to 3 wonton wrappers at a time on a lightly floured work surface. Brush the edges lightly with the egg wash. Place about 2 tablespoons of filling in the center of each wrapper. Fold each pierogi in half and lightly press the edges together to seal.

  5. Bring a pot of salted water to a boil and cook pierogi in the boiling water until they float, 2 to 3 minutes. Drain.

  6. Transfer pierogi to the skillet with reserved bacon drippings in batches and cook over medium heat until lightly browned, about 2 minutes per side. Transfer to a bowl, toss with the bacon and onions, and serve garnished with sour cream and chives.

    close up view of Pierogies with fried onions, garnished with sour cream and green onions on a plate
    Chef John

Cook's Note:

Cover wonton wrappers with a damp towel while you work so they don't dry out.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

499 Calories
28g Fat
38g Carbs
23g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 10
Calories 499
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 28g 36%
Saturated Fat 19g 94%
Cholesterol 115mg 38%
Sodium 803mg 35%
Total Carbohydrate 38g 14%
Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 23g
Vitamin C 2mg 9%
Calcium 535mg 41%
Iron 2mg 9%
Potassium 180mg 4%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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