Pierogi Lasagne

Friday, 18 January 2013

  Pierogi Lasagne

One of the things I love to make are Pierogi's.   If you are not familiar with what they are . . . they are an Eastern European Dumpling with is made with a type of pasta dough covering and a potato based filling.   

 The filling can have mushrooms in it with the potato, or meat, sauerkraut, cabbage or cheese, or sometimes even a mixture of several of those . . . but almost always it will have potato.

 Pierogi Lasagne

They are kind of like Eastern European Ravioli . . . and you boil them in lightly salted water and then fry them in butter with onions.    Served up with a dollop of Sour Cream, they are a real treat!   

I normally make my own from Scratch following a recipe given to me by a Hungarian friend many, many years ago.  (If you click on that it will take you to the recipe and some tasty photos of them.)

We enjoyed making them together on my first Christmas in Calgary Alberta. It was my first ever Christmas far away from my family.

 Pierogi Lasagne 

Pierogi for Christmas was a family tradition of hers. It was really a lot of fun for me to learn how to make them from scratch, being taught not only by a person who knew what she was doing but who was a good frien.

I have had this Pierogi Lasagne recipe in my to do file for quite some time now.   I think I originally printed it out from the Mr Food site, but I can't be sure, as it was a copy and paste job.   

I finally got around to making it the other day and let me tell you . . . it was F-A-B-U-L-O-U-S!!   It tasted just like the real thing, with a lot less faff!

Pierogi Lasagne

There was no rolling out and filling dumplings, or boiling them.  There was no frying them in butter.   You simply fry some onions, boil some lasagne noodles and make some mashed potatoes. 

The potatoes are mixed with cheese and some of the fried onions, and then layered with the noodles in a baking dish, and baked.  It was really easy!

 Pierogi Lasagne

The recipe does make a rather lot and it says you can freeze it, but in all honesty . . .  I have never actually tried to freeze it.  I have to say up front, I have never liked the texture of potato dishes once they've been frozen.   

To that end, I was able to successfully cut the recipe down to a third the original quantity, serving only 4 so that was great!  We had it fresh one night, served up with a salad and then we had the leftovers reheated for a quick supper the day after with some vegetables.

Pierogi Lasagne

It's probably not the healthiest meal in the world. Mostly because of the cheese and fried onions . . . but it's probably a lot healthier for you than regular pierogis because you are not sauteeing anything but the onions in fat.   

And in fact, I cut the amount of oil used to fry the onions down quite a bit as well, only using 1 TBS for the whole lot, which divided between 4 servings would be quite considerably less.

 Pierogi Lasagne

Using half fat cheese for the filling, and low fat sour cream for the garnish meant that it wasn't all that bad for us.  It was cheap to make, filling and incredibly tasty!   

We both enjoyed it very much . . . even the pasta hater in the house!

 Pierogi Lasagne

*Pierogi Lasagne*
Serves 12
Printable Recipe

This is fantastically delicious!  It's also very easy to make and quite economical.   It's also quite easy to cut the recipe down.  I cut it down by a third today and it was fabulous.

1 package of lasagne noodles, cooked as per package directions
2 TBS vegetable oil
5 medium onions, peeled and finely chopped
1/2 tsp ground black pepper
2 dessert spoons of cream cheese
8 ounces grated strong cheddar cheese (2 cups)
6 cups of warm mashed potatoes (seasoned to taste with salt and pepper, a bit of nutmeg, a knob of butter and some warm milk)

Pierogi Lasagne

Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat.  Add the chopped onions.  Cook, stirring occasionally, for 8 to 10 minutes, until they are lightly browned.  Don't let them burn.  Reserve several TBS to sprinkle over the top of the casserole.  Stir the remainder into the mashed potatoes, along with 3/4 of the cheddar cheese and the cream cheese.  Taste and adjust seasoning as desired.

Preheat the oven to 180*C/350*F/ gas mark 4.  Butter a 9 by 13 inch glass baking dish.

 Pierogi Lasagne

Cover the bottom of the dish with 1/4 of the noodles.  Top with 1/3 of the potato mixture, spreading it out with a fork.  Top with another fourth of the noodles.   Repeat with 1/3 of the potatoes.  Top with another fourth of the noodles and then the remainder of the potatoes.  Top with the last of the lasagne noodles  Sprinkle with the remainder of the cheese and sprinkle with the last of the sauteed onions.

Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until heated through and golden brown on top.   Let stand 5 minutes before cutting into squares to serve.

Optional:   Garnish each serving with a dollop of sour cream. 

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  1. I love me some pierogis!!! I think this would be absolutely fab with a little thick-cut bacon sauteed crisp and crumbled in with the potatoes. Thanks so much Marie!!!I would definitely cut this in thirds as well. Much love - Raquel

  2. Wow - this baffles me somewhat but I am definitely intrigued! Lasagne with potatoes - I mean, who knew?!

  3. Back in @ the 1980's Jeff Smith, The Frugal Gourmet, had a recipe like this. I am still looking for it, but will try this in the meanwhile

  4. Hi 😊 I used farmer’s cheese, instead of cream cheese, traditional cheese in Polish pierogi. No cheddar either. Still came out great without all the prep for dumplings 😊 thanks for sharing 😊


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