Blueberry perogies called Pierogi Z Jagodami are a Polish summer food! Usually made with wild blueberries from the forest, you can make them with store-bought berries too!
When it’s summer in Poland, you’ll often find locals foraging in the forest for wild blueberries. You’ll also see lots of people who pick wild blueberries from the forest and sell them by the roadside.
So if you want to buy wild blueberries in Poland, you simply have to go to the nearest forest and it’s very likely you will find someone selling them.
Of course, if you don’t want to go to the forest, you can find them sold at local food markets or farmer’s markets. Isn’t it interesting that you can’t buy wild berries in stores?
Anyways, these wild blueberries taste amazing in the Pierogi Z Jagodami or blueberry pierogi recipe. And one thing we loved as kids, blueberry pierogi is eaten for dinner instead of as a dessert!
How To Make Pierogi With Blueberries
Making blueberry pierogi is as easy as making strawberry pierogi. Simply wash and cut the blueberries in half and set them aside.
Prepare the dough for the pierogi, roll it out and cut in circles with a cookie cutter or pierogi maker. We use a cookie-cutter and seal the pierogi with our fingers. However, you can get a pierogi maker that makes sealing easier.
These plastic pierogi makers are safer to use when your kids want to make pierogis with you.
You use one side to cut the circle and the other to seal it once the blueberry pierogi filling has been added! Cover the pierogis with a damp cloth so that they don’t get dry and crack while you are rolling the others.
Once you’ve prepared all the blueberry dumplings, add them to boiling water and stir gently with a slotted spoon. Once the pierogi float, they are ready.
And the mouth-watering blueberry pierogis are ready in about an hour! Serve with sour cream and sugar! Read also my post about what to serve with perogi.
What Are The Other Types Of Pierogis?
Some popular Polish pierogis include:
- Pierogi Leniwe
- Vegan Pierogi
- Spinach Pierogi
- Pierogi Ruskie
- Fresh Cabbage Pierogi
- Sauerkraut Pierogi
- Strawberry Filled Pierogi
- Pierogi Z Miesem
- Polish Uszka
Tips For Making Blueberry Perogies
- You can use frozen blueberries but you need to defrost and drain them first.
- If the blueberries are sour, coat them in sugar before using them.
- Strawberry pierogi and cherry pierogi are made in a similar fashion!
- Don’t place the pierogi too close to each other before cooking or they will stick.
- Make sure the dough is pliable before rolling it out.
- If the dough is sticky, add more flour. If the dough is dry, add more water.
- Make sure the water is boiling hot before you add the pierogi.
- Blueberry pierogi tastes best with sugar and sour cream!
- Or serve with melted butter or vanilla-flavored yogurt!
- Do something different and mix blueberries with strawberries for the filling!
FAQs About Making This Blueberry Pierogi Recipe
What Is Pierogi Z Jagodami?
Jagody means berries So pierogi z jagodami literally means pierogi with berries. But in Poland, if someone talks about Pierogi Z Jagodami, they always mean it to have a blueberry pierogi filling made using bilberries.
How To Pronounce Jagodami?
Jagodami is pronounced yah-goh-dah-mee.
Can I Use Store-Bought Blueberries?
Yes, you can use store-bought blueberries instead of wild blueberries.
What’s The Difference Between Store-Bought And Wild Blueberries?
The blueberries eaten in Poland are actually bilberries that are darker and smaller than blueberries.
The big blueberries that are sold in the stores in Poland are called “American berries” (borówka amerykańska). These American blueberries are sweeter than wild blueberries.
Is It Possible To Make This Recipe Vegan?
Yes, to make this recipe vegan simply skip the egg. Although we add egg to make the dough stronger, babcia says that egg isn’t an essential part of the pierogi dough.
Also, replace the sour cream with a vegan cream or vegan whipped cream.
Can I Store Pierogi For Later?
Yes, wait until the cooked pierogis have cooled down. Then put them into the bowl and put a layer of melted butter between them so they don’t stick. Now, they can be either stored in the fridge or freezer.
If you want to make extra pierogi and store them before cooking, you can put them on a tray and freeze them for a few hours. Once frozen put them into an airtight container and freeze for a few months.
When you’re ready to cook them, throw the frozen pierogi blueberry straight into boiling water. There is no need to thaw them.
Mouthwatering Blueberry Pierogi Recipe [Pierogi Z Jagodami]
Dough for pierogi with blueberries
- 3 cups of all-purpose flour
- 1 egg
- 1 ⅓ cup of warm water
- a pinch of salt
- 4-5 tablespoons of oil
- 1.5 pounds of blueberries
- sour cream
How To Make Dough For Pierogi With Blueberries?
- Put flour, egg, oil, and salt into the bowl. Whisk it together with a hand or dough hook attachment.
- Start adding the water slowly, letting it incorporate before adding more.
- Whisk until all the ingredients are incorporated and there are no lumps.
How To Prepare Blueberries For Pierogi?
- Wash the blueberries. If they are big, cut them in half.
- If your blueberries are really sour, coat them with sugar
How To Mold Pierogi With Blueberries?
- Divide the dough into 2 or 3 pieces.
- Thinly roll each piece out onto a floured surface to just under 1/16 - 1/8” thickness.
- Use a round cookie cutter to cut the circles from the dough.
- Put the blueberries in the center of each circle. The more fruits, the better, however, you need to be sure they stay inside pierogi. When the blueberry will get between the dough when sealing, pierogi may fall apart during the cooking.
- Pull the edges of each circle together to form pierogi. Make sure the seal is continuous and intact. You can't leave any free space, as pierogi will fall apart during the cooking. Pinch tightly.
- Collect the remaining dough scraps and put them to the other 2 dough pieces. Repeat the process until the entire dough and all the blueberries are used.
How To Cook Pierogi With Blueberries?
- Pour the water into the big pot. Add 2 pinches of salt. Boil.
- Gently throw pierogi, one by one into the boiling water.
- When they start floating, wait for a minute and take them out with the slotted spoon.
- Pour the melted butter on top. Serve with sour cream and sugar.
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