I have a Mennonite heritage and with that comes a childhood growing up with delicious homemade food. One of those was wareneki (vah-ren-eh-chea), which is essentially homemade cottage cheese perogies. We use to request it for our birthdays and any other time my mom asked what we would like to have for supper. It was time consuming, but oh so delicious, especially with that delicious white sauce on top, which is essentially a creamy milk sauce that was to die for.
Since my house has so many allergies, I had to adapt. I started making potato filled perogies a few years ago as I don’t know a dairy alternative to cottage cheese or cottage cheese made from goat’s milk. I have made this recipe so many times and I usually make it triple the size and freeze the extras. It tastes great and is a huge staple in our house, especially with farmer sausage!
Gluten Free Perogies
For the dough:
1/2 C sour cream or yogurt (I use coconut yogurt)
1 1/2 C Gluten Free flour (I use my Gluten Free Pastry Flour mix)
1/2 tsp salt
For the filling:
2 large potatoes
1/2 of an onion, diced
1 garlic clove
1 Tbsp butter/coconut oil
1/4 C milk/milk alternative
1 C shredded cheese/dairy free cheese alternative (I have been omitting this and it still tastes great) (optional)
Bacon bits (as desired, optional)
Salt & Pepper to taste
1. In a large bowl combine sour cream/yogurt, flour and salt until a smooth dough forms. If needed add 1 Tbsp sour cream/yogurt or flour to make it the right consistency.
2. Cover the dough and place in the fridge for 30 min.
3. Peel, cut and boil the potatoes. Strain, mash and add milk and butter.
4. Fry onion and garlic and add onions, cheese and bacon bits to the potatoes. Stir well, add salt & pepper to taste.
5. Roll out 1/2 of the dough at a time on a floured surface. Using a round cookie cutter cut out circles. This dough is malleable enough to press back together with your fingers if cracks develop.
6. Place 1 tsp of the potato mixture onto each of the dough circles (change this amount depending on size of your pieces of dough). Fold the circle in half and press the edges closed, ensuring the sides are sealed. You can also use a pierogi press.
7. Place the perogies onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Cover and place in the fridge for 30 min.
8. Place a few perogies one at a time in a pot half full with boiling water. Cook until they start to float off the bottom, around 5 min. Sometimes I find they need to cook a few minutes after they are floating.
9. If desired, place in a frying pan and fry in butter or oil until browned.
NOTE: These can be made ahead of time and frozen, just lay them flat and uncooked on a cookie sheet with parchment paper before freezing. Once frozen, transfer to a Ziploc bag or container. Drop into boiling water just as with fresh perogies when you want to eat them.