Monday, June 17, 2013

Baked Pierogi Casserole

My BFF (a.k.a. Meg) stayed at my house for a month while working on her dissertation. I had pinned a recipe for Baked Pierogi Casserole a while ago and knew Meg would be the one to try it out on! :)

If you do not know what a pierogi is, it is awesomeness.  Or as Wikipedia would say...
Pierogies are dumplings of unleavened dough – first boiled, then they are baked or fried usually in butter with onions – traditionally stuffed with potato filling, sauerkraut, ground meat, cheese, or fruit.
I did not have pierogies until I went to college in western PA (IUP!) where they are an essential food group.  I was hooked, so I had to try this recipe!

16oz frozen pierogis (Mrs. T's of course!)
2-3 slices cooked bacon,crumbled (I ate the bacon, it didn't make it to casserole night)
1/3 cup cream cheese
1/2 cup chicken broth
1/4-1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
chopped green onions, optional

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Lightly spray 13x9 baking dish with non stick cooking spray. 
Arrange frozen pierogies in the dish.
In a saucepan, mix cream cheese and chicken broth. I love onions with my pierogies, so I sauteed some onions in the saucepan first:

Stir frequently until cheese is melted and smooth. Pour melted cream cheese mixture evenly over pierogies:

Sprinkle evenly with cheddar cheese.  (I added a little extra!)
The dish looked too big, so I transferred to a smaller dish:

Bake 20-25 minutes until cheese is bubbly and pierogis are warmed through.
Garnish cooked dish with crumbled bacon & chopped green onions.

Dishing it out was a little bit messy... but that just made it taste better!

And of course, this is how it should look (LOL):

It was yummy!!!

 Make sure to visit Meg's Blog here: