Whether you make them from scratch or buy them frozen, there are several ways to cook perogies before you serve them. These Polish dumplings contain either cheese, sauerkraut, ground meat or potatoes and they are traditionally served with sour cream or onions. While there are several ways to prepare them, they do need to be boiled first, no matter how you cook them otherwise.
Preparing to Cook Perogies
In many areas of the country, perogies can be found in the frozen food section of your local grocery store. In places where there are large Polish populations, you will be able to locate them in Polish delis as well. When you buy frozen uncooked perogies, you will need to boil them before cooking them further. You don’t have to let them thaw; just add the perogies to a pan of boiling, salted water.
Once you add them, the perogies will sink to the bottom of the pan. Use the backside of a spoon to stir them on occasion so they don’t stick to the bottom of the pan. As they are finish cooking, they will rise to the top of the pan. Let them boil for another minute or two and remove the perogies using a slotted spoon.
Once they have been removed from the water, you can cook them in several different ways. If you bought frozen perogies that have been precooked, then they don’t need to be boiled before you cook them. The frozen cooked variety doesn’t need to be thawed before you cook them. Many people prefer to simply sauté them in a pan with a little bit of oil and onions.
Along with sautéing perogies, you can also bake them in the oven. Gently brush them with a little oil or melted butter on the precooked frozen perogies, place them on a baking sheet and put them in a preheated 400-degree oven. Bake them for 20 minutes, flipping them over after 10 minutes.
The uncooked frozen perogies can also be cooked in many different ways. Many people steam them frozen instead of boiling. Sauté some vegetables in a skillet and had a half cup of water to the skillet when they are done. Place the frozen perogies on top of sautéed vegetables and water then place a lid over the pan. Allow them to steam for 10 minutes and they should be tender when they are done.