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What to Serve With Perogies?

Side dishes to serve with perogies

By Kingsley Ibietela FelixPublished about a month ago 7 min read
What to Serve With Perogies?
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Perogies are a perfect party food because they can be eaten hot, cold, or at room temperature and with virtually any combination of toppings you can imagine. The only problem? You’re not sure what to serve with perogies! 

Don’t worry! We have you covered! Here’s our guide on what to serve with perogies, so your next party hits it out of the park!

1. Pesto Sauce

Pesto sauce is the first on the list of what to serve with perogies. Pesto sauce is a great option for serving as what to serve with perogies.

It's also easy and quick. All you need are a few ingredients: olive oil, garlic, pine nuts, basil leaves, salt, and pepper. 

To make the pesto sauce, blend all of the ingredients together in a food processor or blender. You may want to add in some water if you need it thinner or some more olive oil if you want it richer.

Although, some people like adding in cheese such as parmesan or romano. It's up to personal preference!

2. Brown Gravy 

Brown gravy is a perfect side dish for what to serve with perogies. It's rich and creamy, and it will melt in your mouth.

You can make brown gravy from scratch, but if you're in a hurry, you can use an instant or packaged mix instead. 

The best thing about making your own is that you can make it as thick or thin as you want, thick for a more filling meal, thin for something light.

To get the best consistency, whisk together the flour and water before adding them to the pan on medium-low heat. 

Gradually add in the milk while stirring until you reach your desired thickness. Add salt and pepper to taste before pouring into a bowl or onto your plate of perogies!

3. Dijon Mustard Sauce 

Dijon mustard sauce is next on the list of what to serve with perogies. Ingredients: Good quality Dijon mustard, water,  brown sugar, soy sauce, honey, red wine vinegar, salt and pepper to taste, garlic, butter, cut into pieces.

Instructions: Combine the Dijon mustard, water, brown sugar, soy sauce, honey, and vinegar in a small pot. Bring the mixture to a boil and cook for two minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste. 

Then, remove from heat and stir in the garlic until it is fully incorporated. Allow the mixture to cool for about 5 minutes before adding in butter pieces one at a time, whisking until all the butter has melted.

4. Pear Salad with Warm Bacon Vinaigrette 

The traditional side dish for a plate of perogies is mashed potatoes, but if you're looking for something different as what to serve with perogies, try this pear salad with warm bacon vinaigrette.

It's fresh and light, and the pears provide a nice sweetness that goes well with the savory bacon vinaigrette. 

When making this salad, don't be afraid to experiment and swap out ingredients based on what you have on hand or what you enjoy most! For example, if you like blue cheese more than feta, feel free to use it instead. 

Also, if pecans make your mouth water more than almonds, go ahead and switch those up too. This recipe makes enough for four servings so that everyone at the table can get their fill of deliciousness!

5. Pork Chops with Apple and Cider 

Pork chops with apples and cider is a great way to have what to serve with perogies because it's savory and sweet.

The spice from the pork combined with the tartness of the apple juice and vinegar creates a balanced dish that goes well with any side, especially mashed potatoes or roasted vegetables. 

Perogies are Eastern European comfort food that is traditionally stuffed with potatoes, onions, and cheese. There are many different ways of serving them, but this one will surely please most diners.

6. Garlic Butter Steak Bites 

Try garlic butter steak bites if you are looking for a way to spice up your perogies experience. This is a simple meal that can be prepared and served quickly. 

You can use store-bought frozen steak bites or make them from scratch. Here's how to prepare them: 

Heat the oil in a skillet on medium-high heat and add in the butter 

Cook the steak bites until they are slightly browned and crispy (about 4 minutes) 

Add in the minced garlic, salt, pepper, onion powder, and Worcestershire sauce. 

Cook for about one minute more, then remove from the heat. 

Toss with parsley if desired 

Serve over prepared boiled potatoes or boiled rice.

7. Applesauce

The next on the list of what to serve with perogies is Applesauce. My family used to make this dish when we had a lot of apples, but it can be made year-round.

It's easy, inexpensive, and great for using up apples that have been sitting in the fridge for a bit too long. 

To make applesauce: Peel, core, and chop the apples into chunks. Put them in a saucepan on the stove over medium-high heat with water just covering them. Bring the mixture to a boil and then reduce heat to low.

8. Perogie Poutine

One of the most popular dishes served with perogies is poutine. Poutine is a Quebec dish that was originally created by French Canadians and became very popular in Eastern Canada. 

Traditionally, poutine consists of fries, brown gravy, and cheese curds. The word poutine comes from the word pout-inne which means a mess in Old French.

9. Creamed Spinach and Mushrooms

The recipe for creamed spinach and mushrooms is a simple dish that pairs well with any meal. You will need the following:

Large onion, chopped 

Butter or margarine 

Fresh spinach, chopped (or one package of frozen spinach) 

Sour cream or low-fat yogurt 

Mushrooms, drained and sliced (drained) 

Salt and pepper to taste

10. Borscht

This hearty soup is perfect for a cold winter day. You can make it a whole meal by adding in some ground beef, sauerkraut, and dumplings. Or you could add the beets for a lighter soup. 

Here's what you'll need: Cooked beets, onion, peeled and quartered,  dried chervil or dill weed,  bay leaves, and salt and pepper to taste.

In a large pot over high heat, saute the onion for about 5 minutes until it turns golden brown. Add in the beets and cook them for about 8-10 minutes until they start to soften up.

11. Garlic, Lemon Broccoli, and Green Beans

I think contrasting flavors is the best way to pair any dish. So, if I were to serve a dish of perogies, I would want to have a side of something acidic.

This way, you are getting some sour and some sweet simultaneously. 

My favorite is garlic lemon broccoli and green beans for their fresh flavors that contrast well with the blandness of the potatoes in the pancakes.

The acidity from both sides will make your taste buds sing!

12. Caramelized Cabbage and Bacon

This dish is a nice change from the same old mashed potatoes. You can also make a creamy garlic sauce for it by adding garlic, butter, and milk or cream. 

It's really a perfect side dish for any meal that needs something extra but doesn't take too much time. Ingredients: Bacon grease, onion, garlic, salt and pepper, cabbage, coarsely chopped.

Instructions: Melt the bacon grease over medium heat in a large skillet. Add the onion and garlic and cook until they are softened and translucent.

Season with salt and pepper, then add the cabbage and increase the heat. Cook, stirring often until tender, then turn off the heat.

13. Cucumber Salad

Mix together mayo, sour cream, dill weed, and garlic powder until everything is fully incorporated. Mix in the cucumbers and seasonings until they're well coated. 

Serve chilled or at room temperature as an appetizer or side dish for any meal. Super refreshing and will have a cooling effect on you, even if it's hot outside! It also has a ton of crunch from the cucumber, so it's nice and fresh.

14. Hunter's Stew

Hunter's stew is next on the list of what to serve with perogies. Bigos is an Eastern European hunter's stew.

It's not a dish you often see in this part of the world, but it's a delicious and hearty meal that's perfect for winter. 

Traditionally, bigos is made with either wild game or pork. Since we don't have access to the kind of meat used in the original recipe here, we use ground beef instead.

15. Rainbow Carrots and Apple Slaw

This Polish-inspired slaw is made with just two main ingredients. A classic way to serve your perogies is with sour cream, but what about if you want something a little different from what to serve with perogies? 

We've come up with some options that will keep things interesting. To make this side dish as what to serve with perogies: Peel and chop one large carrot into matchsticks and toss it in a bowl along with shredded cabbage, chopped fresh dill, salt, and pepper.

Next, drizzle on extra virgin olive oil and apple cider vinegar for a tangy flavor. Toss well before serving. 

Slice an apple into matchsticks, then toss in a bowl along with red cabbage (or any other variety of cabbage), carrots, grated ginger root, salt, and pepper.

16. Kielbasa and Sauerkraut

One of the most popular dishes served alongside perogies is kielbasa and sauerkraut. Kielbasa is a Polish-style sausage that can be made from pork or beef.

While sauerkraut is a type of fermented cabbage dish that is often served as a side. If you don't have either in your home kitchen, they can be easily found at any grocery store!

So, they are quick and easy to make from scratch using ingredients from your local grocer's produce section. Both end our list of what to serve with perogies.

Conclusion

Perogies are a popular Eastern European food that’s traditionally stuffed with potatoes and cheese and fried. Depending on how many you eat, they can be served as an appetizer, side dish, or main course. 

A single serving of perogies will typically serve about three to four people, so it’s easy to plan your menu around these tasty treats! Above are ideas for what to serve with perogies.

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Kingsley Ibietela Felix

Kingsley Ibietela Felix is a web publisher, blogger, editor & webmaster at Home Quirer, The Bingeful, Animal of Thing, The Quirer & Game Cranch, he is also the founder of Krafty Sprouts Media, LLC. Follow me on social media @iamkingsleyf.

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