Veggie Powered Pierogi

by Annie
(Emden, Il, USA)

Traditionally shaped squash pierogi

Traditionally shaped squash pierogi

Traditionally shaped squash pierogi Year of the rabbit pierogi Red is a happy color in China

What do you get when you mix a traditionally Polish grandma with a veggie lovin mom? Veggie Pierogi!


This recipe is great for hiding veggies and excellent for stretching your food dollar. Traditionally Pierogi are filled with mashed potato or cheese. We stuff ours with whatever leftovers we have in the fridge, or more veggies! This is sure to be a family favorite so be sure to make enough to freeze for a quick dinner any night of the week.

Ingredients:

2 cup flour (all purpose,spelt,or whole wheat)
2 eggs
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup mashed veggies (beets,zucchini,or butternut)

1. Mound flour and make a well in the center.
2. Drop eggs and salt into well. Add mashed veggie. Work mixture together with your hands and knead until.
dough is firm and well mixed.
3. Cover dough with a warm bowl; let rest 10 min.
4. Divide dough in halves. On floured surface, using half of dough at a time,roll dough as thin a possible.
5. Cut dough with a biscuit cutter (cookie cutters if you want special shapes).
6. Place small spoonful of filling (leftover potatoes,veggie mash,cheese,meatloaf) Seal dough by forking the edges.- note you may need to use a bit a water if dough is dried out.
7. Drop pierogi into boiling salt water. cook gently 3 to 5 min, or until pierogi floats. Lift out of water with perforated spoon. Never put too many pierogi in cooking water at one time-they will stick together or get lumpy and tough.

** If you are freezing pierogi to be used at a later date, put in freezer before step seven. Pierogi can be pulled out of freezer and used as specified in step 7.

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Mar 05, 2011
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GREAT
by: Anonymous

Looks GREAT! AND HEALTHY! Thanks

Mar 03, 2011
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Hit the SPOT!
by: Sharon

These were great!!! My kids ate all, I fixed - Beets and all! THANKS

Mar 01, 2011
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tasty
by: jerry

Liked these..and had enough for left overs...will try this again

Mar 01, 2011
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good stuff
by: julie

liked this recipe...will make again

Feb 26, 2011
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Awesome
by: Kate Gobbel

I was looking for a different recipe and this is the one that I have found that both my husband and I can agree on. Easy to follow recipe and delicious as well.

Feb 26, 2011
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thanks
by: chris

going to give this recipe a try this weekend sounds good.

Feb 25, 2011
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nice....
by: susan

made these up last night and they didn't last long at the dinner table should have doubled my batch..very tasty..

Feb 25, 2011
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love it
by: connie

gotta make this. so very cute..

Feb 25, 2011
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NICE
by: amy

This looks great. I never thought of putting veggies in pierogi! I'm gonna try this tonight!
Thank you

Feb 24, 2011
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its about time
by: judy

my kids saw this recipe and wanted to make shapes out of something they were going to eat...it was for me all about spending time and all the chatter i will remember....oh yes and we were eating healthy...very nice tradition to pass on.....ps nothing was left on their plates..

Feb 22, 2011
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very nice
by: brandi

I have 2 over active boys that love pasta...but to get them to eat their veggies now that's another story...but they liked this pasta in colors that i made...and ate the veggies....i will try this again...

Feb 22, 2011
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beets?
by: john

I don't eat beets....i thought...but my wife surprised me with this recipe knowing i like pasta....and then she told me....can't believe beets was in there...it was very very tasty...

Feb 19, 2011
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Kids Recipe Book
by: Sandra

This was such a great idea and delicious recipe. I can make fun shapes and hide lots of healthy food for the kids. I also make a homemade tomato sauce for a topping. I wish this was in a recipe book for my kids!

Feb 19, 2011
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Great Character Dining
by: Sandra

I made this with my kids for Valentine's Day. It made eating healthy food fun. I am going to try this recipe next time with our Mickey Mouse cookie cutter!

Feb 15, 2011
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YUM
by: Anonymous

My wife made this dish last night for Valentine's Day. I couldn't believe she used beets to make it!
It was WONDERFUL! Can't wait to have leftovers for lunch. thanks

Jan 27, 2011
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Heather
by: Anonymous


Didnt know what a pierogi was...and figured it out that it was like my ravioli....so im putting veggies and making them healthier now thanks to your recipe...

Jan 26, 2011
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Good Idea
by: Gail

This is such a good idea!!! Can't wait to try it on my grandsons. Keep up the good work!

Gail

Jan 23, 2011
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Very Clever Cookie Cutter Shapes!!
by: Teresa

This is a very easy recipe to make and the kids loved the cookie cutter shapes! Nice change from our everyday menu and using leftovers in a more creative way. Yum!!

Jan 20, 2011
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love them
by: jessica

I am not a big fan of veggies. However, I love this recipe. I also love the fact that you can freeze them.

Jan 20, 2011
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enjoyed it!
by: Anonymous

easy to do and the flavor was great!

Jan 19, 2011
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Love pasta
by: Lucy

I am going to try these because i like anything made with pasta...i like the idea of adding color and a bonus with veggies....smart...

Jan 18, 2011
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Great Idea
by: Hunter

Kids love veggies; and enjoy helping cook.

Jan 17, 2011
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fantastic
by: Alicia

This is such a great way to eat veggies. It will also be great for summer when you have veggies from the garden coming out of your ears! I cant wait to make more!

Jan 17, 2011
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Super cute!
by: Jen

My son loves making these. We use whatever leftovers to stuff the noodle and my son will eat it no matter what's in it because he loves the cookie cutter shapes. So smart!

Jan 17, 2011
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Pierogi lover surprized
by: Robert

I love traditional pierogi, never thought of using veggies! What a pleasant surprize!

Jan 27, 2011
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RUTH
by: Anonymous

this is the best recipe I have seen and so easy THANK you Annie You have made my day

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