Vegan Kale Pierogi with Sweet Potato Filling

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Inspired by fresh kale and sweet potatoes on hand and the desire to create something different, I thought of pierogi which, I’m embarrassed to say, I had never made. An online search turned up kale-filled pierogi, but not dough with the kale incorporated, which is what I wanted to try, so I set out to get it right for the fall/winter holidays and beyond.

Vegan Kale Pierogi with Sweet Potato Filling

My first try yielded marginal results. I made the dough in a food processor and, though it turned a lovely color of green, it was too tough. Not so tough that the pierogi were inedible; just not quite up to par because I sought a beautifully tender dough. For my second and final try, I minced the kale in a food processor, but made the dough by hand with a bit more moisture and that more than did the trick. My non-vegan husband is a huge fan of these kale pierogi. In fact, I came home craving them one day for dinner only to find he had eaten the last of them. Here’s wishing that you are quicker on the uptake than I was!

Special Diet Notes & Options: Vegan Kale Pierogi

By ingredients, this kale pierogi recipe is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, peanut-free, nut-free, soy-free, vegan, and vegetarian.

Vegan Kale Pierogi with Sweet Potato Filling
 
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Serves: 4 servings
Ingredients
  • 2 cups white whole wheat or unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 3 ounces stemmed, de-ribbed, fresh kale, quickly blanched in boiling water and completely dried (I like to blanch a day ahead to be sure it is absolutely dry)
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • ⅔ cup + 3 tablespoons warm water
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup seasoned, mashed sweet potatoes (I steam them and mash with salt, pepper, and a pinch of nutmeg; this I also like to do a day ahead)
  • ½ cup dairy-free margarine, melted
  • 2 tablespoons dry rubbed sage
  • Caramelized Onion: 1 onion, halved, cut into slivers, and caramelized (I use 1 tablespoon of olive oil and sauté the onion in a large skillet for about 20 minutes over medium to medium-high heat; sometimes I add a tiny bit of natural sugar and balsamic vinegar to speed the process.)
  • Optional garnish: lightly salted and toasted pumpkin seeds and fresh sage sprigs
Instructions
  1. Fill a large pot ¾ full with water, add a tablespoon of salt, cover loosely, and bring to a simmer over medium-high heat. Line a baking sheet with Silpat and oil a 9-inch glass or ceramic baking dish. Add kale to water and blanch for about two minutes--should be bright green and hold its shape--remove to a colander, shock with cold water, and drain well, reserving water and returning to pot. Pat kale dry and mince in a food processor; avoid creating a paste.
  2. Return water to a simmer. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, use a fork to combine flour, kale, and sea salt. Make a well in the center and quickly add water and olive oil, stirring to gradually incorporate the dry into the wet ingredients. Avoid over-mixing.
  3. Turn out dough onto a lightly floured work surface (I use my counter top), and knead just a few times or until dough forms a smooth ball. Avoid over-working the dough. Divide in half and form into two balls, covering one with a dish towel. Roll the first ball into a 1/16th to ⅛th inch thick circle or oblong shape. Lifting and flipping a time or two to insure that dough isn't sticking, and adding additional flour to the work surface a teaspoon at a time if needed. Cut out circles with a 3½-inch diameter sturdy glass or round cookie/doughnut cutter. Place on prepared baking sheet. Place a scant 2 teaspoons filling in the center of each circle. Moisten the edges with water, fold in half, bringing dough up and over filling to form a crescent, and pinch to seal. Edges will have a rustic fluted look.
  4. Add all 10 pierogi to simmering water, let water return to a simmer, and cook for 4 minutes; the pierogi will rise to the top. Remove to a colander with a slotted spoon and then transfer into prepared baking dish. Keep warm. Repeat with remaining dough and filling.
  5. Melt together dairy-free margarine and sage and pour over pierogi. Serve topped with caramelized onions and garnished with toasted pumpkin seeds and fresh sage sprigs.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 5 pierogi

About Author

A vegan blogger, freelance writer, and food stylist, Betsy DiJulio is the author of The Blooming Platter Cookbook: A Harvest of Seasonal Vegan Recipes. For her love of cooking, Betsy has worked as a caterer, taught private cooking classes, and won national recipe competitions. As a writer, Betsy focuses on vegan and organic food, art, home and garden design, and green initiatives. Visit Betsy’s website, The Blooming Platter.