Vegan Potato Cheddar Perogies Recipe, Delicious & Dairy Free

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These Vegan Potato Cheddar Perogies are a true delicacy that you must try. They are the ultimate comfort food that will transport you to a different time and place. Imagine biting into a warm, fluffy dough filled with creamy, vegan cheesy potatoes – it’s like a warm hug on a cold day.

Gone are the days of relying on store-bought, frozen perogies that lack flavor and authenticity. This recipe is a vegan spin on the classic potato and cheddar perogies that will leave your taste buds dancing.

Not only are these perogies delicious. But they are also vegan, and dairy-free, making them a perfect option for those with dietary restrictions. My friend and her toddler son couldn’t even tell the difference and devoured them in no time.

These perogies may take some time and effort to make, but they are the perfect indoor activity on a rainy day. And the best part is, they can be stored in the freezer for up to 2 months. So you can always have a comforting meal on hand. Whether you serve them as a main course or as a vegan appetizer, these Vegan Potato Cheddar Perogies are sure to be a crowd-pleaser.

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What if I don’t have vegan cheddar?

These can be made without vegan cheddar as the nutritional yeast adds a cheesy flavor. A little garlic and onion powder would add to the flavor if you are going without the cheese.

Don’t worry if you don’t have vegan cheddar on hand. You can still achieve a cheesy taste with garlic and onion powder. The key to achieving a creamy filling is to boil and mash the potatoes well and add the vegan cheese while the potato mixture is still hot. This will help melt the vegan cheese and make the filling creamier.

Are perogies vegan?

Traditionally, perogies are not vegan as they often contain eggs, cheddar, and sour cream. But, never fear! Here at Spicyveganfood, we’ve veganized this comfort food classic for you. Our Dairy-Free Potato Cheddar Perogies are not only egg-free. But they pack a flavorful punch that will have you coming back for more. These perogies are a perfect plant-based alternative to the traditional recipe and are sure to be a hit with everyone, regardless of dietary restrictions.

Can you freeze Vegan Potato Cheddar Perogies?

Yes! In an airtight container, vegan perogies can be frozen for up to two months. Make sure to freeze them individually on a baking sheet before transferring them to a ziplock bag or container.

Do Dairy-Free Potato Cheddar Perogies contain gluten?

These Vegan Potato Cheddar Perogies are made with all-purpose flour, so they do contain gluten. However, if you’re looking for a gluten-free option, you can easily substitute the all-purpose flour with a gluten-free flour blend. This way, you can still enjoy the delicious taste and comfort of perogies without compromising on dietary restrictions.

Vegan Perogies

Perogies are one of my all-time favourite comfort foods! In my youth I would buy Chemo perogies from the frozen section of the grocery store. Trust me when I tell you, those frozen perogies do not even compare to homemade.
This is a vegan spin on classic potato and cheddar perogies. My friend and her toddler son gobbled these up without evening noticing they were dairy free perogies.
Yes, these pierogis are a labor of love, but they are also a great indoor activity on days when the weather outside isn’t the best.
The best part is, they keep beautifully in the freezer for up to 2 months!
Prep Time45 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: German, Polish Cuisine, Vegan
Keyword: homemade vegan perogies, homemade vegan pierogies, perogies, pierogies, vegan perogies, vegan pierogies
Servings: 2 dozen

Ingredients

Filling

  • 3-4 tbsp Vegan butter
  • 3 lbs Red or white potatoes, cubed and peeled
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • Pepper, to taste
  • 1/4 cup Nutritional yeast
  • 1/2 cup Vegan cheddar

Dough

  • 4-5 cups All-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup Oil I used extra virgin olive oil but use a milder oil, if you prefer
  • 1 1/2 cups Water
  • 1 tsp Salt

Topping

  • 1 tbsp Vegan butter
  • 1 large Onion sliced
  • Vegan sour cream
  • 3 Scallions (optional) chopped

Instructions

  • First make the dough. In a large mixing bowl, add the flour and salt and mix well. Start with 4 cups of flour and add more if needed. Next, create a little well in the flour and add in the water and oil.  Mix ingredients together well.
  • Next, turn the dough out onto a well-floured surface and begin kneading. Add more flour as needed to make sure the dough isn’t too sticky. Slowly add flour into the mixture and continue kneading. The dough should be moist, but not sticky.
  • Add your dough ball into a lightly greased bowl, and cover with a damp kitchen towel. Let rest for 30 minutes.
  • While the dough is resting, prepare your perogy filling. Bring a large pot of water to a boil, then cook potatoes until they are soft. Drain off the water and add cooked potatoes back into the pot.
  • Add the vegan butter, salt and vegan cheddar to the mixture.Mash the potatoes well until they are smooth and there are no large lumps remaining. Next, add the “nooch” (nutritional yeast) and salt and pepper. Taste the filling to see if you need more salt and or pepper. Adjust if needed.
  • Once the 30 minutes is up, grab the dough from your bowl and split it in half. On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough out using a rolling pin until it’s about 1/8” thick. Using a 2” round cutter, cut the dough into circles. A cookie cutter or even a pint glass can be used.
  • Place 1 ½ teaspoons of each filling on each dough circle.Holding the dough in your hand, gently fold the dough over forming a little pocket around the filling. Pinch the edges of each pierogi to seal it up. Make sure there are no openings or the filling could come out during the cooking process. Place perogies on parchment paper or a lightly floured baking sheet to prevent them from sticking to the counter.
  • Right before you start cooking your perogies, begin caramelizing your onions for the topping. Heat the pan on medium heat for a few minutes then lower it down. Let the onions and butter cook on a skillet on low-medium heat for 20-30 minutes. Stir occasionally but not too often. The trick is to allow the onions to get a little brown without burning them. If you need to, add a little more butter to the pan.
  • To cook the perogies, add to a large pot of boiling water.Be careful not to overcrowd the pot, or they will stick together. Work in batches to ensure the best result. Boil the perogies for about 5 minutes or until they float. Once the perogies float, they are cooked. The boil time is also dependant on whether they are frozen or fresh.
  • Remove cooked perogies with a slotted spoon and set aside.Transfer the perogies to a non-stick pan with a little butter and fry until lightly browned and lightly crisped.
  • The other option is to lightly fry the cooked perogies in with the caramelized onion mixture.
  • Add your toppings, serve and enjoy!
  • If you want to freeze the perogies, place them on a lightly floured baking sheet and freeze before placing into an airtight bag/container.If they are not frozen separately on a baking sheet first, they will all stick together. These plant-based perogies can be frozen for up to 2 months.

Notes

What if I don’t have vegan cheddar?
These can be made without vegan cheddar as the nutritional yeast adds a cheesy flavour. A little garlic and onion powder would add to the flavour if you are going sans cheese.
Are pierogies vegan?
Traditionally, pierogies are not vegan as they often have egg, cheddar and sour cream. Here at spicyveganfood we have veganized this comfort food for you. These are egg-free perogies that hit the spot every time, and the flavour is on point!  
 
Can you freeze pierogies?
Yes! Perogies can be frozen for up to two months in an airtight container. Make sure to freeze them individually on a baking sheet before transferring to a ziplock bag or container.
Do Perogies contain gluten?
Perogies do traditionally contain gluten as the dough is made with all-purpose flour.
 
Can perogies be made gluten free?
 
They can absolutely be made gluten free! Although I haven’t tried it myself, we will be testing gluten free pierogies soon!
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