Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Bacon Pierogi Bake



Pierogi is a word that I had never even heard until I was twenty seven and moved to Philly, what had I been missing out on? I see them everywhere now, there's even a delightful take out kitchen close by that sells several different types of pierogi. Sour kraut, loaded baked potato, even Philly cheese steak Pierogi is on their menu. They're delicious, creamy and full of stuf that fill the belly and warms the soul.

For those of you unfamiliar with pierogi, they are a dumpling originating from Eastern Europe (think Russia, Poland etc). They are filled with a variety of different things, but potato seems to be the most common. And then they are usually served with sauteed onions and sour cream, oh, I'm hungry just thinking about them!

Aside from getting them at restaurants, you can also get them frozen from grocery stores. But to be honest, I've never been that impressed with the frozen version, and consequently have had a box of them hanging out in my freezer longer then I'd like to admit.

So this recipe came in very handy to dress up the poor neglected pierogi in my freezer, and made them SO delicious. The sauce and cheese coats the already cheesy pierogi and adds so much great flavor. And let us not forget that there is bacon in there too. Need I say more?

Check out the recipe here!

25 comments:

Cassie said...

I have all sorts of things sitting the freezer that need to be used... ravioli, tater tots, veggie burgers, soups and stews from past cooking adventures... thanks for the reminder to use them up!

Leslie said...

I love love love pierogis, I make them all the time! Love this version

Holly said...

this bake looks sooo yummy!

Ann said...

Teresa, I've never had a pierogi. I've heard of them but I didn't know much about them. Now, I'm dying for one. Your dish looks wonderful! Nice pictures, too.

Kim said...

Teresa- I love pierogi, even Mrs. T's. In my book they're all good. There is a place in Cleveland's West Side Market that sells about 50 different varities, every filling you can imagine. The philly cheesesteak version you mentioned sounds awesome.

Saying all that, this bake sounds wonderful! I love that cheesy sauce and all the toppings. Will have to bookmark this one.

Erica said...

ah! I had never heard of them until I went to Penn State! My roommate pulled them out of the freezer and I was like what the heck are those? They are delicious! I usually like them boiled, but a bake sounds wonderful!

Pam said...

I've never had pierogis but after seeing your photos, I suddenly have a craving for them.

MaryBeth said...

I simply LOVE Pierogi, I have never seen them done in a dish like this before. This is fantastic!

Mary said...

What a gorgeous dish. The color is wonderful. I love pierogi and your recipe has set my brain to buzzing. I hope you have a wonderful day. Blessings...Mary

Barbara Bakes said...

I haven't had pierogi yet. Sounds like I've been missing out. The sauce looks fabulous too!

Jennifurla said...

You need not say anything else, sold.

Julie said...

I think I've only ever had the freezer version and wasn't impressed. But served like this...I think I would love 'em!

Liz said...

Good gracious, this looks over the top! Bacon, pasta, and cheese. What is not to love!

Debbie said...

I love pierogis and have only started eating them recently. They are delicious and I love the way your dish looks!

Brownieville Girl said...

new to me too - they look delicious!

Barbara said...

I had a Polish friend years ago who made pierogi all the time...and taught me. Haven't done it in years. Hate to be stupid, but I had no idea you could buy them frozen.
Anyway, I like the way you've sauced these up. Of course bacon makes all the difference, Teresa! :)

girlichef said...

Yum, I love pierogis! Potato and cheese are my favorite sauteed in butter and onions and bacon. Omg. Now I want some. Yours are killer!!

Chow and Chatter said...

yum love pierogi :-)

Burp and Slurp~! said...

Ooh I adore pierogi of course, since I'm a huge dumpling fan...but I've never tried them cooked this way before...or with bacon!!! This is terrific. I must have this. Must.

The Blonde Duck said...

You had me at cheese and bacon.

Deborah said...

The only way I've ever had pierogis are the frozen ones. This sounds like something we'd love!!

Joanne said...

I only ever had pierogi ONCE when I made them myself...and they truly are delicious things when done right. I lvoe that you included the frozen ones in a casserole to try to dress them up! Sounds delicious.

Chris said...

I discovered pierogis when I was big into long distance cycling and all my friends were eating them to carboload prior to 100 mile rides. I've only had the frozen version but want to try making my own.

Shelby said...

I love pierogi! I usually buy the frozen ones....have never had the desire to make them other from the box. lol. These look yummy!

Libby said...

Gonna have to try this! I have heard of pierogis but never have tried them. I bet they are yummy!!