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Thanksgiving Leftovers - Pierogies

Roasted Garlic Pierogies made from Thanksgiving leftovers

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Thanksgiving Leftovers - Pierogies

An excellent use of leftover Thanksgiving mashed potatoes. Pierogies are quick to make and easy to store. Makes 3 dozen.
Prep Time1 hour
Cook Time30 minutes
Total Time1 hour 30 minutes
Course: Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Polish
Keyword: appetizer, leftovers, Mashed Potatoes, pierogi, pierogies, side dish
Servings: 9
Calories: 120kcal


  • 1 cup Mashed potatoes
  • 2 cups All purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 8 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 shallot


  • In a large bowl combine flour and salt.
  • Add egg, 4 tbsp butter, and sour cream. Combine until dough starts for form.
  • On a well floured surface lightly knead dough just until it comes together, less sticky but still moist.
  • Wrap dough tightly in plastic wrap and rest in refrigerator for 30 minutes up to 2 days.
  • Cut dough into four pieces keeping the remaining three wrapped.
  • Roll out dough into an 1/8" sheet.
  • Using a 2" cookie cutter or wide mouth glass and cut rounds.
  • Fill each round with a spoonful of mashed potato, wet half of the edge of the wrapper and pinch the close (or use a fork).
  • Pierogies can be cooked immediately or frozen for 4 weeks.
  • Add small batches of pierogies to boiling water for 2 minutes or until they float.
  • Immediately transfer to a saucepan with 4 tbsp melted butter to fry.
  • Once pierogies have a golden brown crust on both sides remove from pan and add slices shallots.
  • Serve immediately with crispy shallots and horseradish aioli (4:1 mayo and horseradish, splash of lemon juice)

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Have you tried this using your leftover mashed potatoes to make pierogies? Let us know how it went in the comments below!

Tools Needed

You’ll need just a few simple tools for this recipe. You probably already have most of them in your kitchen:

Hands cutting pierogi dough

Thanksgiving is one of our favorite meals of the year, but the leftover can get a bit old. Seriously, how many turkey sandwiches with cranberry sauce do you really need? Turning your unfinished dishes into another meal can help save money and reduce food waste. The best part? These pierogies are just plain delicious.

This year, use your leftovers to create something as good as your Thanksgiving dinner was.

What is a pierogi?

Pierogies are an Eastern European dumpling that can have any number of sweet or savory fillings. Your leftover thanksgiving mashed potatoes make the perfect stuffing for these pierogies, and elevates your leftover beyond reheating them in the microwave. For bonus points, check out our Roasted Garlic & Rosemary Mashed Potato recipe!

Are pierogies vegan/vegetarian/gluten-free/etc?

If you follow each ingredient in our recipe, you end up with a dish that is vegetarian but is NOT gluten free, paleo, or vegan.

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