Arugula and Goat Cheese Pierogies

I hope everyone had a fantastic holiday! Did you spend time with friends and family? Did you get any cool cooking-related gifts? Did you eat too many cookies? My answer is “yes” to all those.

Every Christmas, we eat a big Polish dinner. This used to take place on Christmas Eve, but since Hubs and I are so busy on that day, we have moved the dinner to Christmas Day. I try to make a new filling each year, and this time I went with arugula and goat cheese. I’ve heard great things about these pierogies, and they didn’t disappoint. The pepperiness from the arugula blended well with the tangy goat cheese and sweetness from the onions.

adapted from The Veselka Cookbook
by Tom Birchard and Natalie Danford

Arugula and Goat Cheese Pierogies

Arugula and Goat Cheese Pierogies

These pierogies are best eaten fresh. The arugula loses its vibrancy and some of its flavor when reheated.


1 Tbs butter
¼ c chopped onion
5 oz arugula, chopped
8 oz. goat cheese
6 oz. cream cheese, softened
Salt and pepper
Half a recipe for pierogi dough


  1. Heat butter in a saute pan over medium heat. Add the onion and cook until lightly browned, about 10 minutes. Place onions in a large bowl. Mix in the arugula, goat cheese, and cream cheese. Stir until well combined. Season with salt and pepper.
  2. Make the pierogi dough according to the instructions. Cut out into rounds about 4” in diameter. Stuff rounds with about 2 Tbs of arugula filling. Lightly wet the edges of the rounds and pinch closed. Drop pierogies in boiling water and cook about 4-5 minutes. Drain and serve.


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Sweet Comments:

  1. I was wondering when I’d see these babies on your blog! Now, being 100% Polish, I’m typically a pierogie purist. So I didn’t think I’d be interested in having them with anything other than the standard filling. But this looks beyond fab! I can’t wait to try them!

  2. I think I will try this recipe. The arugula would give it a nice bite.

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