Perogies are also known as Pierogi or Pirogi. They are a dumpling from Eastern Europe, most commonly associated with Poland and Polish food.
Perogies can have a savory or sweet filling. The dough is similar to ravioli dough and Perogies tend to be close in size. Traditional Perogies are filled with potatoes and cheese.
With such a simple filling it is no surprise that there are many delicious toppings and sides that can be served with Perogies. Read on to learn about 17 simple and delicious options.
17 Side Dishes to Serve With Perogies
Perogies have many available sides and toppings. Choosing what to pair with your Perogies may seem like a huge task. Here are 17 options to narrow down what you are looking for as a meal.
Salad is a delightful and light side that goes well with Perogies. Pierogi fillings can often be heavy so a light side, such as salad, is ideal.
Whip up a nice, tossed spring, summer, or autumn salad. Pair it with some pickled vegetables to add a bit of tartness to the dish.
If you like fruit, consider adding a seasonal fruit salad to your sides or serving it with whip cream as a dessert.
2. Vegetables: Pickled, Grilled, Steamed, Sauteed, or Raw
There are so many different ways to prepare vegetables that they are a great side option. Choose Pickled Vegetables, such a sauerkraut or pickled vegetable salad, or eat them raw with dips.
Grilled, steam or sauté your vegetables for a warm vegetable option. You can lightly season them with salt and pepper or follow a recipe for a specific flavor or roasted vegetable, such as cumin carrots.
Cucumber salad is a nice, refreshing side to go with warm perogies. Some popular options include: Creamy Greek Cucumber Salad, Cucumber and Beet Salad, and Greek Cucumber and tomato salad.
You can also slice up Cucumbers on a lettuce salad with tomatoes, onions, and mushrooms. Even simpler, slice up some cucumber with Tzatziki, hummus, and ranch dips.
4. Bacon and Onions
A popular side and topping for Perogies is sauteed onions and bacon. Bacon adds a salty and smokey flavor and onions add a sweet and earthy flavor.
Pair with Sour Cream for a creamier side. Do not like bacon? Sauté some onions and peppers, fajita style, it is surprisingly delicious with Perogies.
5. Cabbage and Bacon
Another popular side for Perogies is cabbage and bacon. There are a couple of ways to make this. You can cook the bacon until crispy and sprinkle it over a cabbage salad or cabbage slaw.
Another option is to sauté the cabbage and bacon together in a pan. For some extra color consider using a mix of purple (or red) cabbage, green cabbage, and white cabbage. Or cook Brussel Sprouts and bacon if you are not a fan of Cabbage.
6. Sour Cream and Onions
Sour Cream and sauteed onions are another popular side and topping for Perogies. Add some mushrooms for a more earthy twist on this delicious side.
Sprinkle in some crispy bacon or cook the mushrooms and onions with the bacon. Want crispy bacon and bacon-cooked mushrooms and onions? Use the bacon grease to cook the onions and mushrooms after you remove your perfectly crispy bacon.
7. Applesauce and Sour Cream
Another Polish favorite Applesauce and Sour Cream. These two are normally served side by side but not mixed together. If you have the time, Homemade applesauce is the best, but store-bought will do in a pinch.
Applesauce adds some sweetness to the meal and sour cream adds some tartness. They help lighten up a heavy meal of Perogies.
8. Cranberry Relish
Cranberry Relish, as well as other relishes, are a great side for Perogies. They can be more sweet or more sour. The brightness, or tartness, of the relish contrasts well with the heaviness, starchiness, of the Perogies.
You can put Cranberry Relish on the side or use it in an Apple and Cranberry Relish Salad. Like something spicy? Try Jalapeno Relish. Onion Relish and Tomato Relish are two other great sides.
9. Pork with Apple Chutney
Looking for more protein? Make some pork chops, pork loin, or pork cutlets and serve them with Apple Chutney. Like Applesauce, Apple Chutney is sweet, but it also adds a bit of tartness to the dish.
Pork and Apple Chutney pairs well with Perogies, Cranberry Relish and sauteed onions and mushrooms with sour cream.
10. Stew – Polish Coddle
Coddle is an Irish stew made of sausage and bacon. To make a Polish version use Polish sausage, Kielbasa, and bacon. Add Potatoes and Cabbage to round out the stew.
This is a heavy dish, so it is recommended as a side for Perogies in the wintertime or cold months. Eat your perogies on the side or float them in the stew.
Kielbasa is the easiest side. You can make it at home using a recipe or buy it from the store. Kielbasa is a delicious Polish Sausage and goes great with Perogies.
Pair Kielbasa with Perogies and something light like a salad. Sausages go well with pickled vegetables so consider putting some pickled vegetables or slaw on the side as well.
Brisket is another great meat option for Perogies. Southern Style Brisket pairs well with Bacon and cabbage as well as a fresh corn and tomato salad.
Another great pairing is Perogies, Brisket and Cobb or Wedge Salads. Slow cooked brisket is best, dip the Perogies in your delicious Brisket Juices.
13. Chicken Paprikash
Chicken Paprikash is another great side dish. Like Brisket, you are left with this delicious sauce that you can pour over your Perogies or dip your Perogies into the sauce.
This simple meat dish pairs well with Perogies and salad. Consider serving this with Perogies and some sauteed, steamed or grilled vegetables.
Ribs are another delicious southern inspired option for a side. Dip your Perogies in barbecue sauce or top them with slaw.
Ribs also go well with Chutney and Relish so consider what kinds would go best with your favorite Rib Recipe. You cannot go wrong with adding a Wedge or Cobb Salad to this delicious feast.
15. Tomato Sauce and Cheese
Tomato Sauce and Cheese are a great side for Perogies. Traditional Perogies, stuffed with potatoes and cheese, taste wonderful dipped in a favorite Tomato Sauce and sprinkled with some cheese.
Serve them like ravioli, smothered in sauce, or with the sauce on the side for dipping. Marinara or Bolognese are the most popular but do not be afraid to try another. If you like cheese, try a three-cheese sauce.
16. Taco Lasagna (or Enchilada Casserole)
Taco Lasagna or Enchilada Casserole might not sound like a great match, but they are. The sauce and the cheese go wonderfully with the Perogies.
Add some Fajita vegetables, sour cream, and pickled Jalapeno and Carrot Salad. Because of their versatile nature, Perogies make a great partner to this spicy and delicious dish.
17. Nacho Toppings
Last, but not least, Nacho Toppings go great with Perogies. Fry your perogies to get a crisp outside and top with your favorite Nacho Toppings. pickled jalapeno, cheese, salsa, guacamole, sour cream and more.
Instead of Tortilla chips you know have Pierogi Nachos. Surprise your friends with this awesome Taco Night Food Fusion idea.
And there you have it. Enjoy trying these 17 delicious side dishes with your Perogies. Whether the weather is warm or cold, we have got you covered.
Whether you are feeling Traditional or Food-Fusion, we have got you covered. Have fun mixing and matching these dishes to surprise and delight your family and friends. Happy Cooking!