Last Updated on May 2, 2022 by Share My Kitchen
Perogies can be a comfort food that pairs well with many dishes. You will enjoy it to maximum satisfaction when you combine them with one of the side dishes listed below.
When you learn about these side dishes, meals with perogies will be easy to prepare.
Perogies, also known as pierogi, are half-moon dumplings made of unleavened dough with fillings. They are often associated with Eastern and Central European cuisine.
The tasty meal is normally made of pastry dough or flour and filled with mushrooms, quark, mashed potatoes, sauerkraut, spinach, ground meat, fried onions, cheese, bacon and fruits (like apples, apricots and berries).
It is a great feature of perogies that they can be served with many different dishes. And this article will provide a comprehensive look at some side dishes that can be made with perogies. Let’s read to find out more!
10 Easy and Delicious Side-Dishes To Serve With Pierogi?
1. Green Salad
Green salad is a great choice when you are looking for the perfect dish to go with perogies.
This side dish includes red or green lettuce, beans and legumes, yellow peppers, spinach tomatoes, olive oil, sunflower seeds, tomatoes, green peas, kale, avocado oil and walnut oil, etc.
- For a Mexican-style salad, use pepitas in place of sunflower seeds with tomatoes, black olives, well-sliced jalapenos and add a sprinkle of queso fresco. Then dress the salad with mayonnaise, garlic, cayenne pepper and lime juice.
- For a Mediterranean-style salad, use garbanzos seeds in place of sunflower seeds. Next step is to add sliced kalamata olives, one-half cherry tomatoes, a pinch of thyme, basil and oregano to the mix. Then toss the ingredients together. Upon serving, dress with some olive oil and a little balsamic vinegar.
- For a Hawaiian-style salad, use a can of drained, pineapple chunks and mandarin oranges. Then you can use silver almonds instead of sunflower seeds, and ham instead of bacon.
2. Steamed Vegetables
Perogies can be served with steamed vegetables as well. You can prepare these vegetables with 2 tablespoons butter or margarine, 1 clove of finely minced garlic, 1 teaspoon grated lime peel and 1 teaspoon finely chopped serrano. Then add 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1 tablespoon of fresh lime juice, and 3 cups chopped-up fresh vegetables.
Start cooking by simply melting the butter in a 1-quart saucepan over low heat and then add garlic. Let it cook for 20 seconds. Then add the chile, lime peel, salt and mix well. Heat 1 cup water to boil in a 4-quart saucepan in a steamer basket.
Now add the cut-up vegetable, cover and cook on low heat for about 4 to 5 minutes or until crisp-tender. Then serve with a light coating of butter mixture.
3. Fried Bacon
Perogies served with fried bacon that are tender, crispy and irresistible. Start by placing a rimmed baking sheet on the oven pan.
Preheat the oven to 400°F. Then place the bacon strips closely on the sheet.
Let the bacon bake for about 15 minutes. Depending on your preference you can monitor the oven every 10 minutes.
After the bacon has been removed from the oven, place the bacon slices on paper towels to drain any extra grease.
4. Brussels sprouts with bacon
This 2-ingredient side dish is delicious and perfect for the whole family. It is quick and easy to make. These are the ingredients you will need:
1 1/2 lbs of washed and dried Brussels sprouts, 120g diced pancetta or bacon, 1/4 cup good olive oil, 4 cloves finely chopped garlic or crushed garlic, 1 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp cracked black pepper, and 2 tbsp of balsamic glaze.
Preheat the oven to 220°F. Then lightly coat a large baking pan with oil.
Now cut the sprouts in half and trim the ends. Toss a mixture of Brussels sprouts, bacon, and garlic with a few drops of olive oil season with salt and pepper. Then place the mixture in a single layer and roast the sprouts. Once they are tenderly cooked, turn them over.
To make the bacon crispy and well-cooked, cook it for 25 to 30 minutes. Serve after with your perogies after tossing it with balsamic vinegar.
Sour cream can be used as a savory topping. It is made from fermented fresh cream that has a sour taste.
It is very easy to make this cream. You will need milk, fresh lemon juice and cream, and a neat jar is also necessary. Mix all ingredients in a jar.
Use a breathable fabric to cover the mixture for at least one night. Stir the mixture well then you’re good to go.
6. Caramelized Onions
Caramelized onions not only have many nutritional benefits but are also delicious.
You can make these by slowly cooking onions until they melt and become soft, deep browns. And the ingredients include onions, canola oil, butter, fresh thyme, white balsamic vinegar and kosher salt.
Start preparing by cutting the onion bulb in half and then cut into half-moon shapes. To help bring out the moisture, add kosher salt as the onions are being cooked. Then add oil (vegetable, canola, or olive) with butter.
The onion will turn brown slowly as the butter melts, but does not get burnt. Fresh thyme can be added to the onion to enhance its caramelized flavor.
7. Dill Cucumber Salad
This side dish paired with perogies includes fresh English cucumbers, sour cream, white vinegar, fresh dill, minced garlic, sugar, salt and pepper.
First, place the finely sliced cucumbers into a mixing bowl and set aside. Then in a small bowl, combine the sour cream, vinegar, dill, sugar, salt, pepper and garlic.
After that, coat the cucumber slices evenly by adding the sour cream mixture then toss. To avoid moisture and settling, mix the salad before serving.
8. Green Cabbage with Bacon
This side dish is German-inspired perogies and is made with 1 tsp of vegetable oil, 4 bacon slices cut into 1/2-inch pieces crosswise, 1 thinly chopped onion, 1 medium green leafy cabbage with its pieces cute and cored in 1 to 1 1/2 inches, 1/4 cup of cider vinegar, 1/4 cup of sugar, and 3 tbsp soy of sauce.
Prepare the bacon by heating oil in a large and heavy pot. Then add the bacon. Let it cook while stirring regularly until it is brown and crispy.
Place the bacon on a plate using a slotted spoon, then add the onion and cabbage to the pot. Cook for 10 minutes while stirring until the cabbage is wilted.
Continue to cook the cabbage for 10 more minutes until it becomes crisp-tender. However, this time add the sugar, soy sauce and vinegar. Then finally, stir in the bacon.
9. Roasted Cherry Tomatoes
This side dish, called Roasted Cherry Tomatoes, is quite easy to make.
You will need tomatoes, garlic, olive oil, salt pepper, and fresh herbs in order to create it.
Begin by preheating the oven to 400°F. Then in a large bowl, toss the oil, salt, pepper, crushed garlic, and halved tomatoes until coated properly. Roast for 20 to 25 minutes in a single layer on large baking sheets.
10. Cranberry Relish
This condiment is easy and very enjoyable to make. Start by cutting the cranberries into small pieces with a food processor.
But you must make sure that they are not blended so that it forms a paste. The processor’s pulse button should be set to between 8 and 10. When the cranberries are done, chop the orange and apple the same way. Then add in sugar and allow the flavors to mix properly.
You can now enjoy your perogies with a variety of side dishes!