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Beth Hillson’s gluten free pierogies recipe

January 9, 2012

In our last blog post before the holidays, Beth Hillson was kind enough to share her background, inspiration, and favorite recipes from her new cookbook titled Gluten-Free Makeovers. We asked our fans which home cooked meals they didn’t have a gluten free recipe for, and Beth kindly offered to put together a recipe! If you are looking for something new to try check out this great recipe and if you would like to see some more recipes similar to this, be sure to pick up a copy of Beth’s new cookbook – Gluten-Free Makeovers!


Potato and Cheese Pierogies

Reprinted with permission from Gluten-Free Makeovers by Beth Hillson (Da Capo Press, 2011)

Gluten Free Pierogi

Image Courtesy of Oksana Charla

Makes 28 To 32 Pierogi


2½ pounds small white or red potatoes, peeled and cubed

4 ounces regular or low-fat cream cheese

4 to 6 ounces deli-sliced American cheese, broken up into pieces (individually wrapped slices are not recommended)

¾ cup shredded mozzarella cheese (about 3 ounces)

Salt and pepper to taste


1½ cups Basic Blend (see recipe below)

½ cup chickpea flour or other high protein flour

2 teaspoons xanthan gum

½ plus ¼ teaspoon salt

2 eggs

½ cup water


Olive oil

Basic Blend – whisk together:

2¾ cups rice flour

1¼ cups corn or potato starch

1/3 cup tapioca starch/flour

For serving:

2 tablespoons butter or non-dairy buttery spread

1 large onion, peeled, halved, and thinly sliced

Sour Cream


Every Christmas, Lisa Turcotte and her grandmother made pierogi from an old family recipe. The two were covered in flour and the kitchen was a disaster, but they had so much fun that it became a tradition of its own. First they experimented with different fillings and doughs until they found one that the family preferred. When Lisa was diagnosed with celiac disease, the two adapted the family recipe so she could continue to enjoy the pierogi. Her grandmother is gone, but Lisa needs only prepare a batch of these delicious Polish delicacies to return to those special times. Whether you come to Pierogi by tradition or for the first time, you, too, will think a grandmother has visited your kitchen when you taste this gluten-free makeover.

For the filling: Boil the potatoes in salted water until soft. Rinse and drain well.

While still hot, mash the potatoes with the cream cheese, American cheese, and mozzarella cheese. Taste and add salt and pepper. Refrigerate until firm which will make it easier to fill the pierogi. Any extra filling can be served in place of regular mashed potatoes.

For the dough: In a large bowl, combine the flour blend, chickpea flour, xanthan gum, and salt. Mound the flour mixture and make a well in the center. Drop the eggs into the well and cut into the flour with a knife to break the yolks. Add the water and knead until firm. The dough will be sticky, but do not add additional flour.

Place the dough on a work surface and let rest for 10 minutes covered with plastic wrap. Divide the dough in half. Between sheets of plastic wrap that have been sprayed with vegetable oil spray, roll each half into a thin (1/16 of an inch) circle. Cut the circles with a 3- to 4-inch biscuit cutter. Roll out the excess dough and cut until all the dough has been used.

Place a small spoonful of the filling a little to one side of each round of dough. Do not overfill or the pierogi will be difficult to seal. Fold over and pinch the edges together firmly, using oiled plastic wrap. Use the tines of a fork to form lines along the edges, if desired. If they are not sealing well, moisten the edges with water. Cover with plastic wrap.

Bring a large skillet of water to a boil and reduce to a simmer. Add salt and olive oil. Drop the Pierogi into the water. Do not crowd the pan or they will stick together. Cook for 3 to 5 minutes, stirring gently to make sure they do not stick to the bottom of the pan. They will rise to the top as they cook. Lift out of the water carefully with a slotted spoon.

Arrange in a single layer on a large platter. Do not crowd or pile the pierogi. The uncooked will stick and the cooked will lose their shape and lightness.

To serve: In a medium skillet, melt 1 tablespoon of the butter over medium heat and sauté the onion until nicely caramelized, about 10 minutes. Remove from the pan. Heat the remaining butter and sauté a few pierogi at a time. Serve pierogi with the caramelized onions, sour cream, and sauerkraut or a mixture of these.

Boiled pierogi can be frozen. Cool completely and wrap in a single layer in wax paper and then place in a zip-top bag to freeze. Reheat by sautéing or boiling briefly.

Gluten Free MakeoversTo see more recipes like this, and to discover more than 175 great gluten free recipes – be sure to check out Beth Hillson’s new gluten free cookbook, Gluten-Free Makeovers.

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