VeganMoFo Pierogi Triple Threat & Giveaway!

Yes, you read that right. Tomorrow is my birthday, and I like to celebrate in style.

So, I have synced up with (Jessy and Kittee), both of whom I adore and admire, to bring you a triple dose of gluten-free vegan pierogi madness! Instead of just one dose of pierogi, you get a three way! Are you excited yet?

Well, brace yourself, because this is gonna be one humdinger of a pierogi overload.

Jessy and I both grew up on these Polish dumplings, and ever since we first went gluten free- we had been yearning for their stuffed goodness to dance back into our lives. Kittee, well, she is simply a master of all things food. Period.

So, we all three decided to team up and do a simultaneous gluten free-vegan pierogi post for VeganMoFo!

Hooray… pierogies are part of my vegan/gluten free life once more. What a glorious birthday present!

Okay so, check out these gal’s pierogies, and then get my recipe down below. I present to you:

Pierogi #1: by Kittee~ Cake Maker to the Stars

Pierogi #2: by Jessy ~ HappyVeganFace


Pierogi # 3: by me:

Gluten Free Vegan Pierogies

makes about fifteen 4″ pierogies



  • 2 1/2 cups sorghum  flour
  • 1 1/2 cup potato starch
  • 1 cup tapioca flour
  • 2 1/2 tsp xanthan gum
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp flaxseed meal mixed w/ 2 tbsp water
  • 1 1/2 tbsp margarine
  • 1 3/4 cup + 2 tbsp cold water
  • some extra (softened) margarine and sorghum flour for rolling dough


Whatever your heart desires. I used this recipe for oniony mashed potatoes from my non-gluten free pierogi recipe.


1) Make sure your filling is prepared and, if you made a hot filling like mashed potatoes, you want to make sure it has had a chance to cool. It’s way easier to just have this ready to go and somewhat room temp so it doesn’t mess with the dough’s consistency.

2) In a large mixing bowl, combine sorghum flour, potato starch, tapioca flour, xanthan gum and salt. Mix well until blended.

3) Next, cut in margarine ( I use my hands) until all is perfectly mixed in with the flour.  Using electric mixer, add in prepared flaxseed meal and water until stiff dough results.

4) Divide into 3 sections and lightly grease your hands with a little margarine. Knead dough until workable.

5) Roll dough out onto very lightly floured surface until about 1/4 inch thick. I was using a smidgen of margarine to help knead the dough until workable. This prevented the pierogi dough from drying out as I worked with them.

6) Once you have your dough rolled out, use a medium sized bowl to cut out about a 5″ circle. Sometimes a flat spatula helps during this process if it feels like the dough may stick to your work surface.

7) Place about a tablespoon of filling on top of the dough circle.

8) Then fold over the dough, using softened margarine to remedy any dryness. This is key, because you don’t want any holes in your dough. What you want is a perfectly sealed pocket.

9) Once you have the pierogi folded over, pinch the sides up and around and crimp with fork to seal.

Make sure its extra water tight because you will be boiling these guys. Even a small hole can be doom for a pierogi. Repeat until all dough has been used.

10) Next,  have a pot of boiling water going. Drop in about 2 pierogies at a time, stirring gently once or twice to prevent sticking. Let boil for 3 minutes and then remove from water.  Repeat until all dumplings have been boiled.

These are pretty good just boiled, my son and husband loved them this way- but I preferred them fried in a little oil and then lightly salted.

I am still working to perfect my recipe where they taste just as amazing boiled as they do fried. I have some big shoes to fill with my family’s glutinous pierogi recipe. For now, I’ll happily fry these up. You should too- you will not be disappointed!

I served mine with a dallop of coconut cream and some kraut.

Life is good. ♥

Oh, yes, and did I mention a giveaway?

In celebration of my almost turning thirty… (ehem) I am giving away this sweet messenger bag with an handprinted rhino on it.

omg, don’t you love it?!

I actually got one for myself because I loves it so much, and wanted to extend the rhino-bag love out to you folks! And, you know what’s extra cool about this bag? It was hand-printed by my friend Saraparelle.

We went to art school together. It’s true! Well, she wasn’t “Saraparelle” back then- but she certainly was an excellent draftswoman and painter.  Together, we drafted many a composition and unintentionally inhaled a lot of turpentine fumes by way of inadequate ventilation. An occasional jaunt or two to Taco Bell and some late night excitement may have happened throughout the years as well. Oh, we had such good times. :)

Anyways, here’s some deets about the bag from her shop:

This heavy weight canvas messenger bag is complete with a Rhinoceros head hand-printed lovingly on the front flap.

Use it for books, a laptop computer, a diaper bag, beach bag, you name it, it can hold tons!

This milk chocolate brown bag is made from 100% cotton. Has an adjustable shoulder strap with metal slider; large front flap with Velcro closure; back exterior has an extra large pocket. Front exterior has two pouches and a large zippered pocket plus two handy side pockets. Interior has two medium sized pockets and lots of room.

Depth: 5.5″
Height: 11.5″
Length: 15.5″

To enter for a chance to get your hands on this nifty bag, just leave a comment telling me how you would love to have it- and/or how much you love pierogies.

Oh, and be sure to enter your email into the comment form (I won’t ever ever share with anyone, I promise!)… so I can get ahold of you if you win!


That’s it! Open to anyone and everyone around the world.

Okay, so now that you have skipped on over to Kittee & Jessy‘s blogs and drooled over their pierogies…

you should totally hop on over to Sarah’s shop and by me yourself a tee-shirt.

Happy Friday! Happy Birthday! and Happy Pierogi Day!

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94 Responses to VeganMoFo Pierogi Triple Threat & Giveaway!

  1. […] make!! I ended up making gluten-free beet piergoies. I used this recipe for the filling & this one for the dough. I have never had them before, so I wasn’t sure if they came out good or not. […]

  2. Kristin says:

    I made this tonight with my husband. I actually ended up having to add MUCH more water than listed. I don’t know why that was- i’m pretty sure I followed the recipe exactly. Anyhow, adding extra water to the dough did the trick marvelously. Thanks for posting!!

  3. Samantha says:

    I tried these last night with this vegan chili and they were amazing! thank you!! Also, check out this chili recipe its fabulous and they went super well together


  4. […] VeganMoFo Pierogi Triple Threat & Giveaway! | Manifest Vegan on November 19, 2010 at 4:00 […]

  5. Diana M. says:

    Oh, how I love pierogies! I have been missing them since I went vegan and now I can’t wait to make these – thank you! And the rhino bag is totally adorable – I’d love to carry it around! :)

  6. […] Manifest Vegan is giving away a rhino-print messenger bag by Saraparelle. The deadline to enter is Friday, November 26th @ midnight EST. […]

  7. Those perogies look crazy good!

  8. Lindsey says:

    Mmmm. I keep meaning to try to make pierogi. Thanks for the recipes.

  9. Miranda says:

    I put those pierogies on my make-very-soon list. That is an awesome bag!

  10. Cheryl says:

    Fashion statement at school!!! I would pack, flash, and use it and abuse it!!

  11. Momo says:

    Wow! Those perogies look amazing! I have never had vegan perogies and happen to have gluten free flour on hand so I think I might give these a whirl. That messenger bag is intense! I love the print, rhinos are one of my faves and it would be pretty awesome to win since I don’t have a purse or bag…I carry my stuff around in my reusable shopping bags and my roomies joke about me being a crazy bag lady. haha. Thanks for posting the recipe, I can’t wait to try it!

  12. valen says:

    That bag is awesome! Its different, thats why I like it!

  13. nik says:

    I love this beautiful bag and OMG Saraparelle is so artistically awesome!
    and I love pierogis because they are like little treasures of deliciousness wrapped up in a handful of heaven. :)

  14. Aaron says:

    I’ve never had pierogis, but anything momo-like is a winner in my book

  15. Maria says:

    Happy belated birthday! …what a beautiful occasion for my first commenting on your awesome blog, I’ve been drooling over your wonderful recipes and gorgeous photography for some time now… :-) Well, and with those pierogis tomorrow’s dinner is set – I’ve always shyed away from making them but now’s the time to finally do so! Yeah and my eyes just widened upon seeing that beautiful bag. :-)

  16. E.j. Swider says:

    i LOVE pierogo’s and i LOVE rhinos and i LOVE bags!

  17. Heather says:

    I love this blog, that bag, AND pierogies!

  18. Jordanne Beach says:

    Your blog is always on the list of food blogs I regularly visit when people pester me about where I get my inspiration :)

    I do admit to having a soft, fluffy spot for rhinos in my leafy heart – they’re my favourite example of an herbivore even carnivores hesitate to muck with, and their babies are stumbling, clumsy little bundles of adorable. Oh, squee. That bag would have the place of honour as my roller derby travel pack; it does look like it will fit a goodly number of boutfits.

  19. Seglare says:

    Happy (now belated?) Birthday! :) I have never had pierogi, but they look great!

    The strap of my favorite messenger back broke about a week ago, so I’d desperately need a new bag. Plus, the color would match the buttons on my jacket, too. ;)

  20. Hilary says:

    Rhinos are so cute!! I would love to have a bag that cool!! Also, I love your site and the pierogies look delicious!

  21. Bobbie says:

    Super cute bag! And I’ve never had pierogies, but they do look pretty good!

  22. Melissa H. says:

    Pierogies are awesome, and even more awesome when they are vegan and gluten-free. I love your site!
    p.s. Rhinos are cool too. ;)

  23. I love the bag! My son loves animals and it would be perfect for him.

    I also love pierogies and haven’t had them since I went vegan, over 6 years ago! I need to make some soon.

  24. Erin says:

    Nice job on the pierogis! I really enjoyed reading Kittee’s and Jessy’s versions too.

    Rhino bag – so cute!

  25. Eva says:

    Never tried pierogies. I would love to try it though. AND CUTE RHINO bag!

  26. Caeli says:

    I’ve never even heard of pierogies…but now i’m going to have to try them, they look delish.

    That bag is incredible, i’d love it. I’d actually love it even more for my boyfriend, I know he’d be blown away by it. It would be a lovely surprise :)

  27. Cait says:

    I would LOVE that messenger bag! my backpack needs to be replaced (I’ve been using it for 10 years) and the rhino is cool.

  28. Courtney says:

    I love pierogie! I can’t wait to give your version a try :-) And that bag is super cute!


  29. Janice Barger says:

    OH Thank you for these recipes. Perogie are a staple in our house for the Holidays. My son’s sweetie is vegan and I didn’t know how I was going to be able to accomodate them this year. It has always been a tradition to have the family help with the perogie and this year, not only will she be able to learn our family traditions, she will be able to make these for her to enjoy with the rest of us, I may try some of hers also, haha. Oh, and if I should win the bag, it will be her gift from me for x-mas, she will LOVE it

    • allyson says:

      you’re welcome Janice! If your son’s sweetie is okay with eating gluten, I have another non-gluten free pierogi recipe that was my absolute favorite before going gluten free. It’s on this website and I linked to it above where I specify the filling. :) Hope you enjoy!

  30. gail joyce says:

    I should have this bag because my birthday is the 27th and I will be 49. I need the rhino to help me CHARGE my way to 50 and to symbolize that I am strong enough to shush anyone who says I eat too many pierogies!

  31. danielle says:

    thanks so much for posting this recipe (here and on foodgawker where i found it). my boyfriends mom was diagnosed with celiac and ive been feeling the pressure to cook things she can eat too. this was perfect to make and actually tasted reallly good (other recipes ive found, not so much :\)
    this is definitely worth repeating.
    (and that messenger bag is adorable. honestly, id love to give it to her for christmas)

    • allyson says:

      fantastic! I’m still working out some kinks… so I’ll hopefully be posting another pierogi recipe soon… but they are perfect for me to enjoy right now! Thank you for giving them a try. :)

  32. tammy says:

    I love pierogies, and I love that bag. Great recipe, and happy birthday!

  33. sophia says:

    whoa! that bag is really cool and i’d love to have it. also, pierogies! definitely on my list!

  34. Jennifer says:

    Seriously??? That bag is awesome. I could totally see my husband sporting it instead of the girly diaper bag he now has to carry when he tries to take our daughter out by himself. Fun.

  35. Shellyfish says:

    Happy Birthday (because I think it’s today)! What a sweet way to celebrate your birthday – with pirogies! Pirogies are one of my favourite things in the world. I’m so happy you gf’d them because it would be so sad to not have pierogies in your life. I make them a few times a year – making them for Thanksgiving, actually.
    That bag is so cool – I love the rhino because he’s a badass and beautiful at the same time. I would love to have a super-cool bag like that!

  36. Gloria says:

    Oh, my gosh- pierogies and rhinos, two of my favorite things!

    I was first introduced to pierogies when I went vegetarian, and they were one of my favorite, staple foods for years until I went vegan. The pierogies I always bought from the store have eggs in them, so I haven’t had pierogies in a year or so. This is the first vegan pierogi recipe I’ve come across, so I can’t wait to try it… this made my night!

    Plus, who doesn’t love rhinos? They’re so cool, and they’re herbivores! :) Love your friend’s bag.

  37. Danie says:

    I honestly would have never thought to make pierogies on my own. Thanks for the recipe! The rhino bag is great. Art on your hip.


  38. Emily says:

    I haven’t had a pierogi since my Latvian grandma made them for me pregan, but I would love to try a vegan version.
    And what a beautiful bag!

  39. sara says:

    i haven’t had perogies in years, i don’t know why — i do remember liking them quite a bit! yours look awesome. i’d love to win the bag — such a cool rhino drawing!

  40. Vegan Aide says:

    Great looking pierogies and bag. I love that it’s gf.

  41. Laurel says:

    Hope you had a wonderful day, I know you sure made this character happy:


  42. Klee says:

    O my gosh– that bag! Those pierogies! What a lovely pairing somehow!

  43. Heather says:

    mmm pierogies! I would love to try them gluten free, but for now I’m stuck deep frying Mrs. T’s every football sunday! This rhino bag is gorgeous and I’m sure I could fill it with enough pierogies for every vegan I know.

  44. Jeanine says:

    Oh my goodness! Perogies x 3 is more than I can take! Just seeing them makes me drool. We always make them the way Grandma did, with mashed potatoes, browned onions & cheddar cheese. Can’t wait to have these back in my GF life! thanks!

  45. Chris M. says:

    I love pierogis. Thanks for the recipe and the giveaway.

  46. I love pierogies! I’d like one right now, in fact. I really enjoy seeing how you use different flour combinations; gotta try this.

    And YES I’d like that messenger bag; who knew a rhino could be so endearing?! Aw.

  47. Rachel S says:

    Freshman year, living in the dorms was the first time I ever had pierogies. That’s one of those things I thought I had given up forever when I went vegan, which made me really sad! You have made me happy again = )

  48. Rachel says:

    That bag is FANTASTIC! I got a new laptop a while back and that is precisely what I need to put it in. And best of all–did you ever play that ridiculous getting-to-know-you game at some summer camp or another where you go around in a circle and say “Hi my name is *whatever* and I like *something that starts with the same letter as your name*”? I always used Rhinoceroses.

  49. Emmy says:

    All the Pierogi look gorgeous!!! Yum

  50. phoenix says:

    The bag is awesome – and the pierogies look delicious!

  51. Kara says:

    Hi there! You have no idea how happy I was to see both a vegan and gluten free recipe for pierogies! All of my mother’s side of the family is completely Polish and I went vegetarian at 14 and vegan at 19 due to severe food allergies with dairy. I just turned 23 myself on the 14th so yay for November birthdays! I’m definitely going to have to try this out both for my childhood memories as well as my heritage roots. The messenger bag is also adorable and I love the the detail in the rhino!

  52. danna says:

    my heart jumped when i saw this bag! i’ve always had a special love/fear of rhinos. believe it or not my godmother gave me a coin to “protect me from rhinos” when i was a kid (i was scared of them) and i’ve lost the coin! i desperately need something “rhino” in my life again and this bag is beautiful.

  53. Jesse N. says:

    The bag looks great! Love rhinos!

  54. Cecil says:

    mmmmm, pierogies! what a perfect birthday meal. As for the rhino bag – it’s almost as good as pierogies (it’s hard for anything to be AS good as pierogies, so that is actually high praise, indeed)

  55. Catharine says:

    The handbag looks awesome! I defn need something sturdy to hold all my books!

  56. celyn says:

    Have a wonderful birthday! Your pierogies look delicious, and the bag is just beautiful.

  57. Jennifer says:

    Of course I’d love to have that bag! I’d for sure bring it with me next time I take the kids to the zoo. I’d make it a point to stop by and show the rhinos. They’ll love it!

  58. Katrina says:

    Pierogies are one of my favorite foods. Potato-cheese to be exact. Oh my goodness, I love them!

  59. Hannah says:

    Oh my, I desperately need that Rhino bag because my housemate is one of those fashionista people who owns so many lovely things…. and I don’t. This would totally give me something to wear out and about with pride when with her :D Your friend is so talented!!

  60. Cadry says:

    That bag is just gorgeous. It could bring some levity to my normal workday! And pierogies are the bees’ knees!!

  61. Ricki says:

    That’s a gorgeous bag! And I adore pierogies–haven’t had them in ages, and certainly not since I went gluten free! Yours look mouth wateringly delicious. :)

  62. veganlisa says:

    Happy happy pierogi-fest/birthday. The Rhino bag is beautiful! Stunning. Much like all of the photos your share on your blog. You are an incredible talent.

  63. Nicole says:

    My husband is going to LOVE that there are not just one, but three fabulous vegan women who share his love of pierogies. He would eat them three times a day, every day, if he could. I’m definitely going to have to make these for him. Thanks for the recipes!

    P.S. Cute messenger bag!!

  64. Kelly G. says:

    I love pierogies so much that I’ve vowed to try making a batch from scratch this veganmofo, seeing as I’ve had trouble finding vegan ‘rogies in my store’s freezer section! Probably I’d better hurry, since it’s already the 19th. Thanksgiving, maybe ;)

    Also: what an adorable bag!

  65. Beth says:

    Hey, happy almost b-day! The 30’s are awesome. I promise ;-)

    That bag is the epitome of awesomeness! I love it!

  66. Amy says:

    So many pierogies, everywhere I look!!!!! I love your photo at the top of the post. It’s been years since I’ve had pierogies… not once as a vegan even! Shameful!!! The messenger bag is awesome. I’d fill it with brownies and pedal the streets doling them out to people.

  67. Erin Fisher says:

    Hello! I’m a student in northern CA studying rare grasses and working towards their recovery. I absolutely adore the rhino bag and would love to carry my school books in it to class ;-)
    Not to mention that a pierogi is the PERFECT student snack! I’ve been eating more and more gluten free these days and I can’t wait to try your recipes!
    Thanks for being so vegan awesome! :-)

  68. meansoybean says:

    That bag is so awesome!
    I love pierogies. Pair them up with some vegan beer sausage and you’ve got a drunken Polish party in your mouth. We actually top them off with fried onions and mushrooms, and serve with a knob of margarine. I really like ones filled with sauerkraut but angrynorwegian doesn’t.
    It’s kind of difficult finding ones that don’t have egg in the dough, but the no name ones of a Canadian grocery chain are both cheap and vegan — a good combination, IMO.
    It’s especially difficult to find dessert pierogies that are vegan. But sweet ones seem a tad counter-intuitive.

  69. Fanny says:

    I love pierogi! Yours looks great too.

  70. Jessie says:

    Oh, pierogi, you are the most delicious comfort food. My aunt and uncle spend 2 full days making giant batches of these and share them with the whole family. My favorite part is the greasy fried onions that they smother the pierogi with. YUM! The frozen ones just can’t compare.

    And that bag is adorable! I love cute and functional bags.

  71. Dana says:

    Oh, the pierogi look amazing! As does the messenger bag. I could definitely use a new, not to mention cooler, traveling bag. :-)

  72. Melissa Hansen says:

    Wow! That bag is fantastic, and milk chocolate brown! I love it, and pierogies too. Haven’t had one in ages, but I might have one tonight!

  73. saraparelle says:

    love it allyson!! thanks so much for choosing my bag for your giveaway!! <3 <3 <3 <3

  74. Vaishali says:

    A very happy birthday, Allyson, and hope tomorrow’s a beautiful day.
    All the pierogis look incredible– thanks to you and your friends for sharing the recipes. I’ve never actually made one before, but am completely inspired now!
    Saraparelle must be incredibly talented because that bag is both beautiful and one of a kind.

  75. Brandi says:

    That bag is just the coolest thing. I love rhinos they are so cute with their horn and all.

    I have a great memory of pierogies. The first time I had ever heard of them was over at my friends house. I think we ate frozen ones, but that were yummy, cheesy, and potato-y. I think it would be fun to make a vegan one with daiya cheese and potatoes with maybe a hint of garlic. mmmmm :)

  76. Nichole says:

    I’ve never had a pierogi before, but what are potatoes (that’s all I’ve ever seen them stuffed with) not good in?!

    That bag is super adorbs! I have a bit of an etsy addiction…at least this year I put it to good use and have picked out some awesome Christmas gifts for my family!

  77. Dylan Mandel says:

    Happy bday! almost 30 is the new almost 25! at least that’s what I tell myself..
    that bag is super awesome, and, I need a new one badly – mine is leather and it’s the last item to replace since going vegan. ok, time to pierogi!

  78. Michelle says:

    Not only do I have and undying love for perogies as I scanned through the recipe and then it brought me to the super awesome rhinoceros. I just can’t resist, I love that bag! And am definitely checking out all the other super cool things on Sarah’s page.

  79. Sugarbear says:

    Happy Birthday, Allyson! The pierogies look delish!

  80. Eve says:

    My boyfriend has been lusting after pierogis something awful for weeks now, and I guess this triple threat challenge is pretty much a sign that I should really get over my fear of gf dough! Your recipe has joined the ranks of the numerous manifest:vegan posts that I’ve starred in my google reader -I swear pretty much every second recipe I mark is yours! :)
    And!: that bag is marvelous, and I love the uniqueness of a rhino. Thanks for the giveaway! :)

  81. Laurel says:

    Happy, happy birthday and isn’t it just like you to share the love.
    Of course I absolutely adore the Rhino bag but the post made me laugh out loud as well. It reminded me of visiting my husband at University when he was doing his MFA. All those talented people in the print lab with all those noxious fumes. Good times though. Taco bell, cheap food, beverage of choice and great caring friends with whom to share your dreams while making lifelong memories. That has got to be one of the best times in anyone’s life.

  82. I put seitan, mushroom gravy and peas in mine. It was to live for!

  83. Sarah S. says:

    I’m loving this triple threat of pierogis, you gals rock! Also loving Sarah’s shop. I sent a link to someone who MUST OWN a bearTAUR tshirt. I am particular to the hot pink unicorn tote myself. I certainly wouldn’t turn down that rhino messenger bag, either. What a generous giveaway!

  84. jessy says:

    squeeeeeeeeeeee for pierogies! they look fantastical, Allyson! oh my goodness – they make me sooooooo happyfaced!

    happy birthday a day in advance, my friend! i hope your birthday is filled with everything you love the most!!!


  85. LazySmurf says:

    That bag is amazing!!!! I love pierogies too, once I had an all dumpling party, it was a lot of work but so worth it. Everything is better wrapped in dough.

  86. kittee says:

    aw, yea! yay. happy birthday in advance of tomorrow. your pierogies look swell!!!


  87. Leinana says:

    Those look so delicious! In college, I went home with a Polish friend for a break and spent 2 weeks in Warsaw & Krakow. One of my favorite memories from that trip was my friend’s mother making us homemade pierogies. Have often thought about making them myself, but was never inspired by any recipe I found until now!

  88. Mihl says:

    I am going to rent a truck so I can collect my share of the pierogi overload from your place. And then I’ll be off to Kittee and Jessy.

    That bag is absolutely amazing! Such a beautiful rhinoceros. Most beautiful bag I have ever seen!

  89. Kat says:

    the bag is so cute! very unique & artsy… would go well with everything! mmm pierogis… I have been GF for about 6 years now, and just this past summer I was in NYC and everyone was eating pierogis and they looked sooo good (not GF of course) – thanks for sharing the recipe!

  90. Noelle says:

    I have not have any since I was in Germany. My ex’s mom had lots of Polish influence and taught me hoe to make them but I have not had a chance to make them. Looks delicious!

  91. Jen says:

    That recipe looks amazing! And the bag is super cute, i love it!