Pierogies with Cabbage, Bacon and Onions

April 12th, 2012

One of the items on our brunch buffet over Easter was a pierogi dish.  One of my commenters asked what pierogies were.   Pieorgies are filled dumplings with origins in Poland.  The filling is usually potatoes and cheese, but there are many possibilities for fillings.  My Daughter-In-Law Kristen got her pierogies frozen from The Fresh Market.  My Fresh Market did not have them, but Harris Teeter did have fresh ones in the Deli department.  You could also make your own.  I remember years ago going to a party where all Polish dishes were served and the hostess had made her own.  Epicurious has a recipe here.

I grew up with pierogies.  My Father’s family was from Russia and there was also a large Polish population in our small town in Michigan.  But to be honest with you, I had not had them in years until Kristen served them at Easter.  So I was anxious to get home and try a recipe using them.  My “ever-reliable” Gourmet collection yielded up a terrific recipe.  What is more compatible than cabbage, bacon, potato dumplings and dill?  We enjoyed this simple, quick dish for dinner.  I am thinking about making them from scratch one of these days.


PIEROGIES WITH CABBAGE, BACON, AND ONIONS (adapted from Gourmet Magazine)

12 Fresh or Frozen Potato and Cheese Pierogies
1 tablespoons olive oil
6 bacon slices, chopped
1 onion, halved lengthwise, then thinly sliced crosswise
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 1/2 lb Savoy cabbage, halved, cored and thinly sliced
1/2 cup water
Salt and pepper to taste
1/3 cup chopped fresh dill

If Pierogies are frozen,  parboil them in a pot of boiling salted water uncovered, stirring occasionally, 1 minute less than package instructions indicated.  Transfer with a slotted spoon to a colander to drain.  Pat dry.  If they a fresh proceed with the following instructions.

Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a 12-inch heavy skillet over moderately high heat until hot but not smoking, then saute  the pierogies, turning over once, until golden, about 4 minutes.  Transfer to a platter and keep warm loosely covered with foil.

Cook bacon in same skillet over moderately high heat, stirring occasionally, until crisp and golden, then transfer to paper towels to drain.  Pour off all but 1 tablespoon fat from skillet, then add the sliced onion and saute over moderately high heat, stirring until golden, about 8 minutes.  Reduce heat to moderate  , then stir in garlic, cabbage, water and salt and pepper and cook, covered, stirring occasionally, until cabbage is tender, 5 to 7 minutes.  Transfer to platter with pierogies and sprinkle with bacon and dill.

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7 responses to “Pierogies with Cabbage, Bacon and Onions”

  1. I’ve never had pierogies that I can recall and don’t see them in my local markets, but they sound delicious. Love the bacon, cabbage potato combination and would enjoy that even without the pierogies. You have me curious now and will look in the frozen food case next time I’m at Whole Foods.

  2. The Morrows says:

    Yummy! I have never heard of a pierogies. This dish would probably be good with just the cabbage, bacon and onions.

  3. Lynda says:

    While I’ve never had pierogies, I sure would love to try them. I haven’t seen them frozen here either, so I’ll have to try making them. The flavor combo sounds great!

  4. Bacon – cabbage – potatoes – cheese. Either a soon-to-be meal in my home or the best bath I’ll ever take! Gary

  5. Velva says:

    I have a Polish friend who shared her homemade pierogies with me-wow! Its never been the same, I am hooked too. I managed to try my hand at making them.

    Awesome recipe. Thanks for sharing.


  6. kwklett says:

    That looks delicious! Let’s make them from scratch together the next time you visit. I think Rachel would enjoy it too!

    Love you guys!

  7. kwklett says:

    Oh – and for your readers – frozen perogies aren’t too hard to find at most grocery stores. Two brands are readily available in the frozen food section of Harris Teeter, Food Lion, Kroger, etc…- Mrs. T’s and Cheemo. They are usually near the french fries.

    I get fresh perogies from the Fresh Market – they can be found in the Deli section (with their fresh soups, pizzas, etc…) in our Fresh Market, but I know they aren’t everywhere. I’m super excited to hear that you found fresh ones at Harris Teeter! I will ask about them next time I’m there!

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