Pierogies prepared in an air fryer are undoubtedly one of the meals that we are asked to prepare the most often. Potatoes and cheese are the main ingredients in these tasty delights that resemble soft pillows. They may be served as a snack, a side dish, or even as a meal on their own.
WHAT ARE PIEROGIES?
Pierogi are a kind of European dumpling that resemble a little pillow and are prepared by first being filled with either a sweet or savory filling before being fried. When I first came across these delicious dumplings in the frozen food area of my neighborhood grocery store, I couldn’t contain my excitement to attempt cooking them in the air fryer.
Potatoes and cheese were the only ingredients in the pierogies I could find, but that was more than enough flavor. They are available for purchase frozen and filled with a variety of meats, cheeses, vegetables, and condiments, to mention a few of which are beef, cheddar, sauerkraut, and onion. I use Kasia’s brand, and the air fryer brings out the perfect amount of crunch in them.
WHAT YOU NEED TO MAKE AIR FRYER PIEROGIES
You are going to need an air fryer in order to create them. With the help of my Cosori Air Fryer – 5.8 quart, I was able to prepare these frozen pierogies. It only takes 12 minutes to cook them from frozen, and the cooking time drops to around 10 minutes after they have defrosted significantly.
Even while it is possible to create this dish from scratch, I cheated and used frozen pierogies that had previously been cooked so that it would be a quick snack or an easy lunch. You will also need an air fryer and approximately one tablespoon of olive oil in addition to the pierogies.
What you choose to serve with your pierogies will determine what other optional ingredients you need to use. I prefer mine to be eaten in their natural state and accompany them with sour cream on the side for dipping. You may add onions that have been caramelized, mushrooms, sausage, cabbage, or even vegetables for a topping that is more typical in Polish cuisine.
HOW TO MAKE AIR FRYER PIEROGIES
To begin the process of cooking these frozen pierogies in the air fryer, begin by arranging them out in the basket of the air fryer in an even manner. While they are being air-fried, you should prevent them from overlapping or stacking as much as possible so that they can cook more evenly. If necessary, continue cooking the food in separate batches.
You may coat each piece by tossing it, spraying it with cooking oil, brushing it with olive oil, or spraying it with cooking oil. This will result in pierogies that are crispier, and it will also prevent them from adhering to the basket. After giving them a light coating of olive oil, place them in an oven preheated to 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 10 to 12 minutes, or until they have a golden color and a crispy consistency. Halfway through the cooking process, flip them over.
CAN I MAKE FROZEN PIEROGIES WITHOUT OIL?
If you absolutely don’t want to use oil, you don’t need to since the baskets that come with air fryers are often non-stick. The oil, in my experience, contributes to the crispiness of the final product.
MY AIR FRYER DIDN’T COOK THEM THE SAME. WHAT DID I DO WRONG?
There is more than one kind of air fryer. Because wattages might vary, it is important to do a cooking time trial before using this recipe for the first time. Begin by cooking them for 7-10 minutes, and then continue cooking them for an additional 2–4 minutes until they have a golden color and a crisp consistency.
CAN I RE-HEAT PIEROGIES?
Keep any leftovers in an airtight container, and then microwave them for three to four minutes, or until they reach the desired temperature.