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.