How to make pierogi (stuffed potato dumplings)

Vareniki dumplings , pierogi before boiling on the blue napkin. Rustic style

Vareniki dumplings , pierogi before boiling on the blue napkin. Rustic style - Credit: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Jack Monroe shares her recipe for Polish stuffed potato dumplings


200g mushrooms

200g sauerkraut

30g butter

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200g self-raising flour, plus

extra for dusting

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few pinches of salt

1 tbsp vegetable oil

120ml warm water


1. first sift the flour into a mixing bowl. Make a well in the middle. add the salt, oil and water and mix to form a soft dough.

2. Tip onto a floured worktop and knead for a few minutes until smoother. Cover and set to one side.

3. Drain and rinse the sauerkraut and pop it in to a pan of water. Bring to the boil, then reduce and simmer for 20 mins.

4. Finely chop the mushrooms and sling into a frying pan with the butter. Drain the sauerkraut and add it to the pan, and cook gently for 5 minutes to soften.

5. Roll the pastry out to around 3mm thick and cut into rounds. iuse the top of a pint glass for mine, but any large pastry cutter will do.Dollop a generous teaspoon of the mushroom-sauerkraut mix into the centre of each. fold and press the edges together with a fork.

6. Bring a pan of water to the boil and add your pierogi. Cook for 4 minutes, or until they float. remove with a slotted spoon, and serve with soured cream or thick natural yoghurt, and chopped herbs.

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