I don’t know if you’ve ever tried to buy vegan pierogies, but they are like TEN DOLLARS for a tiny bag and when you’re used to like $3 for a huge bag of them, its a little insane. So I made some myself!
Warning: this is a frickin’ project, and in hindsight okay fine I understand why they are so expensive, they are a lot of work! Lucky for me, my lovely friend Karli was down to help out.
Vegan Cheddar & Bacon Pierogies
For the dough:
- 2.5 cups flour
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/3 cup aquafaba
- 2 tbsp vegetable oil
- 3/4 cup warm water
- 1/4 cup vegan butter (for frying later)
For the filling:
- 5 large russet potatoes, peeled, boiled and mashed.
- 1 cup Daiya cheddar cheese shreds
- 1/2 cup nooch (nutritional yeast)
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp onion powder
- salt & pepper to taste
- 1/2 cup faux bacon bits (insane I know, but bacon bits are somehow vegan!)
- 1 tsp liquid smoke
In a mixing bowl, combine flour and salt. In a separate bowl, combine aquafaba, oil and water. Add the wet mixture to the dry mixture. Mix well. Turn out onto lightly floured surface and knead. Cover the dough and let it rest for 2 hours. Now lets make the filling.
While the potatoes are still hot, gradually add in the cheese shreds. Mix/mash the cheese in with a fork, adding more as it melts into the potatoes. Once the cheese is all melted in, add in the remaining ingredients. Now its time to make the pierogies!
When your dough has rested, turn it out on to a lightly floured surface and roll out. Cut into circles using the rim of a drinking glass.
Place a teaspoon sized amount of filling in the center of each circle. Fold the edges together and pinch them closed.
We found that the dough was quite sticky so we recommend to dust the pierogies with flour then place on a floured baking tray while you make the rest. At this point you can freeze them or…. prepare as follows:
When you’re done folding (its going to take forever, I’m sorry, but they are delicious, I promise, also this device was recommended to me on instagram, apparently it makes this process a bit shorter!), bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Drop in about 6-8 at a time, don’t crowd the pot. When they are done, they will float to the top. Remove with a slotted spoon and then fry them with a pan with vegan butter, for approximately 5 mins per side at medium heat, until they are crispy and golden brown.
Serve with sauerkraut, vegan sour cream, and some vegan sausage and have yourself a cruelty-free Ukrainian feast! This is the perfect meal to make for your likely skeptical grandparents who probably give you shit for not eating animal products.
Let me know if you try them! You could make any filling you like as well, we also made some caramelized onion ones that day that were delicious!! Also if you don’t already follow me on instagram, you definitely should because we made these on my story and you could have followed along!