There are few dishes I get really excited about, but I am crazy about these Sweet Potato Pierogi with Caramelized Onions and a side of sauteed red cabbage mixed with Granny Smith Apples! Serve with a side of vegan sour cream and a sprinkle of caraway seeds and you have one amazing meal!
These are so easy to make, it’s all about preparation. Don’t be intimidated. You could even use store bought round wonton wrappers if you’d like. Just be sure they don’t contain egg, as many of them do.
What I love about this recipe is that no one would even know it’s vegan. It contains every component of a traditional pierogi dish. We built upon the flavors and substituted, where necessary, to veganize it. Actually, there are only a few vegan ingredients: almond milk, margarine, sour cream and cream cheese. All readily available at most specialty (and many mainstream) grocery stores. There are a few brands available, these are just a few that I use.
Sweet Potato & Caramelized Onion Pierogi With Sauteed Red Cabbage & Apples
Combine all ingredients for the pierogi dough in the bowl of an electric mixer. The dough will be sticky. This is normal. It’s a very tender and flavorful dough. Use plenty of flour on your hands, the roller and surface you are using. Let it rest in the refrigerator while you prepare the rest of the ingredients.
A few people have asked to see the process fo making the pierogi, so here’s a little photo tutorial 🙂
1 C Cake Flour (this makes for a more tender dough. If you don't have it, use All-Purpose)
1/4 tsp salt
FOR THE SWEET POTATO FILLING:
1 large Sweet Potato, roasted
1/4 C Onions, caramelized
1/4 tsp minced Garlic
1 Tbl vegan Margarine
2 oz. vegan Cream Cheese
1 tsp Salt
1/4 tsp Pepper
FOR THE CABBAGE:
1 small head Red Cabbage, sliced
1 Granny Smith Apple, cubed
1-2 tsp Oil
1 Onion, thinly sliced
2 Tbl Flat Leaf Parsley
2 Tbl Red Wine Vinegar
1 tsp Caraway Seeds
1/4 C Water
Vegan Sour Cream
Parsley and Caraway Seeds for garnish
In the bowl of an electric mixer, combine all of the ingredients for the dough. Wrap in plastic wrap and let rest in the refrigerator. For easier handling, as it is a sticky dough, you could also place in the freezer for 10 minutes prior to using.
Roast the sweet potato whole until fork tender along with a small onion, sliced and tossed with about 1 tsp of oil. This will be added to your sweet potato. You could also peel, dice and boil them. You'll just have to saute the onion separately and caramelize in 1 tsp of oil. Allow to cool.
Meanwhile, in a large saute pan with the oil hot, add the onions and cabbage using the water after they start to soften to allow the mixture to steam. Saute until somewhat tender. Add the rest of the cabbage mixture ingredients & continue to saute until tender. Set aside.
In the bowl of a food processor, add the cooled sweet potato and onion. Add the remaining ingredients for the sweet potato mixture and process until almost smooth. Taste for seasoning, add more salt and pepper if necessary.
Using a well-floured surface and rolling pin, roll dough to about 1/4 inch thick. Allow to rest for a few minutes. Using a large round cookie cutter, cut circles and place about 1 Tbl of filling in the center of each. Fold over and press to seal. Using a fork, crimp edges and use the cookie cutter if you need to trim up any excess. The most important thing is to be sure they are sealed or they will seep out during the boiling process. Place on a lined sheet pan as you make them and complete all before proceeding.
Heat a pot of salted water to boiling. Gently place a few pierogi at a time in the water. They will float to the top when they are ready. Remove to a towel-lined cookie sheet to drain.
Heat a skillet on high heat and add 1 tsp of oil. Add the drained pierogi and quickly brown on both sides.
Serve with the cabbage mixture and a side of sour cream.
Garnish with parsley and a few more caraway seeds.