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What to Serve with Perogies: 15 Incredible Dishes

Flavorize your perogi dinner with these superior sides and toppings.

Claire Onidi By
Claire Onidi
Passionate about food and pastries since always, Claire spends most of her time in the kitchen to develop new recipes. She is French but lived many years abroad.
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Updated November 8, 2022

Knowing what to serve with perogies to create an unforgettable meal can be challenging.

what to serve with perogies

There’s no right or wrong way to serve perogies. But I am often torn between choosing a hearty protein side or a light, refreshing salad.

It is largely argued that perogies originated in Poland. But the history of perogies is much broader than that. Traces of perogies have also been found in China and Europe.

The word “perogi” comes from the word pieróg, which is Polish for dumpling, and perogies can be either savory or sweet.

Like a dumpling, perogies have a doughy outside and fillings on the inside, which typically include mashed potatoes, cabbage, and sauerkraut.

Since the Poles have claimed the perogi as their own, you can always fall back on the classic Polish side dishes like kielbasa and cabbage rolls.

But nontraditional dishes are just as good!

Depending on the type of perogi you serve, it’s important to know what flavor to incorporate into your meal. Savory perogies should be served with meat or salad, while a sweet perogi should be served with sweet roasted carrots.

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01. Sour Cream

Sour cream is a common topping for potato perogies, but you don’t have to buy store-bought sour cream to enjoy it. This easy sour cream recipe requires heavy cream, lemon juice, and five minutes prep time.

Although there is an 18-hour resting period, it is well worth the wait once you have the thick and tangy condiment to top off your perogies.

Once it’s done, scoop your desired amount onto your perogies. I sometimes like to add green onion ad a garnish.

02. Gravy

Take your main dish up a notch by adding crispy bacon gravy to the mix.

Gravy isn’t a traditional Polish topping but still pairs perfectly with cheese and potato perogies. It’s almost like eating a loaded baked potato.

It takes 20 minutes to make and is excellent alone, but I like to add fresh herbs like parsley and basil while cooking for freshness and greenery. Or you could add some crispy fried onions to spice things up.

Serve it hot over top of your perogies, and make sure to get some bacon bits along with it.

03. Swedish Meatballs

Swedish meatballs are the perfect protein addition to a perogi dish. The main ingredients are white bread, milk, olive oil, onion, ground beef, ground pork, and seasoning spices like garlic powder, nutmeg, and butter.

The meatballs come with a sauce, but you can skip that step if you choose our sour cream and gravy toppings to go with it. The recipe takes 30 minutes to make, including the sauce cook time.

04. Kielbasa

Kielbasa is a Polish sausage Poles typically serve with perogies, meaning it’s perfect if you’re still wondering what to serve with perogies. It is an easy side dish recipe since it uses pre-made sausages and only a few other ingredients.

Sautee the bell peppers, yellow onion in olive oil, and melted butter until it’s softened and browning. Toss in the kielbasa and cook until it is browned; simply plate and serve with perogies.

05. Cabbage Rolls

If traditional Polish side dishes are what you’re after, consider making Golumpki. Cabbage rolls are a wonderful side dish that complements Polish dumplings perfectly.

It uses ground meat, boiled green cabbage, garlic and onions, and seasoning. Golumpki is also topped off with a rich tomato sauce.

The ground meat options include beef and pork but can be substituted depending on your food restrictions. It takes two hours to make cabbage rolls, so prepare them before your perogies for the best results.

06. Pork Chops

Any pan fried perogies meal needs a side of protein, so what’s better than pork chops? They’re oven baked and boneless, meaning these pork chops are easy to make and easy to eat.

Besides boneless pork chops, this side dish calls for olive oil, mustard, brown sugar, seasoning, and 25 minutes of your time to make each pork chop seasoned and delicious.

Don’t skip out on the broiling step because that’s what gives the pork chops the nice, browned appearance.

07. Caramelized Onions

Caramelized onions are one of my go-to topping for perogies and take 55 minutes to cook properly. The caramelized flavor elevates the perogies and adds diversity to the dish.

Sweet caramelized onions can also be stored in the refrigerator for up to one week if leftovers exist. Simply put them on whatever dish you want to eat them with and reheat them in the microwave.

Sometimes I pair caramelized onions with sour cream to mix things up.

08. Bacon Wrapped Brussels Sprouts

Brussels sprouts can be controversial, with many people disliking the versatile vegetable. But it’s another story once the bacon is involved.

This recipe takes 15 minutes to prep and 30 minutes to cook and yields four dozen bacon-wrapped brussels sprouts. It also includes a dipping sauce made from mayo, honey, and cayenne pepper.

It’s the perfect combination of sweet, spicy, and savory and goes amazingly with perogies.

09. Green Salad

A tossed green salad is the perfect way to offset the heaviness of a perogi dish and other heavy sides.

Green and red lettuce give off an earthy flavor, offset by the honey dijon dressing and apple cider vinegar flavor. The chopped vegetables, sunflower seeds, and fried bacon bits add a diverse crunchy texture.

If you want to add more flavor to the salad, add some shaved parmesan cheese or dried cranberries on top.

10. Cucumber Salad

This cucumber salad is probably one of the most refreshing dishes because it’s crisp and creamy, with a little zestiness.

The recipe requires only eight ingredients, which include cucumber, garlic, dressing ingredients, and seasoning. The dressing calls for either sour cream or yogurt, so I chose Greek yogurt to make the dressing thicker since the cucumbers can make it a bit watery.

It would help if you sharpened the knives you use because you must thinly slice the cucumbers for the cucumber salad to have the desired outcome.

11. Mashed Potatoes

Mashed potatoes are an excellent side dish for any meal, including perogies, and this mashed potato dish will change the game for you.

You will need Yukon gold potatoes, salt, salted butter, milk, cream cheese, sour cream, and garlic. You probably already have all these ingredients at home which makes this recipe one of the easiest.

It takes about an hour to make this side dish, so prepare it before making the perogies, so they finish cooking simultaneously.

Once it’s done, you’ll be left with the creamiest, tastiest mashed potatoes you will ever have.

12. Roasted Cherry Tomatoes

Roasted vegetables are a healthy side dish for any meal, and these slow roasted tomatoes are perfect for perogies.

If you find perogies dense in flavor, tangy roasted cherry tomatoes are a great way to combat the taste.

Cook the tomatoes at 375°F for an hour and 30 minutes or until caramelized. Ensure you buy fresh oregano sprigs and garlic cloves for the best results, and salt it if necessary.

I usually add salt and pepper closer to the end so it sticks to the tomatoes better.

13. Broccoli Salad

Broccoli salad is undoubtedly one of my favorite side dishes. It’s got the ideal blend of broccoli, onions, cheddar cheese, dried cranberries, seeds, and bacon in every bite.

The dressing is primarily mayonnaise and vinegar with lemon juice and spices.

It takes only 35 minutes to make and can be prepped ahead of time. If you choose to prep ahead, put the bacon aside, so it doesn’t get soggy from the dressing.

14. Carrots and Parsnips

Roasted carrots and parsnips with maple syrup and cardamom is a delicious side dish that pairs well with sweet perogies. And if you’re looking for a healthy option, this recipe is only 169 calories per serving.

Bake the dish at 425°F for 30 minutes, and prep and cook other side dishes and perogies as you wait.

Roasted carrots and parsnips go great with a salad, so try out one of the salads listed above.

15. Roasted Vegetables

Roasted vegetables like onions, brussels sprouts, carrots, and squash are a great addition to a perogi main dish.

They can be sweet and salty when done correctly and are a nutrient-rich, healthy alternative.

It takes 50 minutes to cook, but you have soft, aromatic roasted veggies by the end. They are also best served fresh out of the oven, so keep them in a warming drawer until you are ready to serve them.

What to Serve with Perogies: 15 Incredible Dishes

Directions


  1. Select the side dishes you want to try.

  2. Prepare the ingredients and supplies.

  3. Create an unforgettable meal.

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