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Cheater Pierogi Recipe
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Cheater Pierogi

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"Whether you're an old pro or brand new to the joys of pierogi, I hope you give these easy, cheesy dumplings a try."

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Original recipe makes 50 pierogi Change Servings
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  • PREP

    45 mins
  • COOK

    1 hr 15 mins
  • READY IN

    2 hrs 10 mins

Directions

  1. Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add chopped bacon and onions; cook and stir until the bacon is crisp and the onions are browned, 6 to 8 minutes. Remove bacon and onions to a small dish, reserving about 2 tablespoons of the bacon fat for frying the pierogi.
  2. Place potatoes into a large pot and cover with salted water; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until tender, about 20 minutes. Drain and mash until smooth. Allow to cool for 10 minutes. Season with salt, black pepper, and cayenne pepper. Stir in 1 egg and farmer's cheese. Cover and refrigerate until chilled, about 30 minutes.
  3. Beat 1 egg with 1 tablespoon water in a bowl for the egg wash.
  4. Place 2 to 3 wonton wrappers at a time on a lightly floured work surface. Brush the edges lightly with the egg wash. Place about 2 tablespoons of filling in the center of each wrapper. Fold each pierogi in half and lightly press the edges together to seal.
  5. Bring a pot of salted water to a boil and cook pierogi in the boiling water until they float, 2 to 3 minutes. Drain.
  6. Transfer pierogi to the skillet with reserved bacon drippings in batches and cook over medium heat until lightly browned, about 2 minutes per side. Transfer to a bowl, toss with the bacon and onions, and serve garnished with sour cream and chives.
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Footnotes

  • Cook's Note:
  • Cover wonton wrappers with a damp towel while you work so they don't dry out.
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Reviews More Reviews

Most Helpful Positive Review
Jan 07, 2013

So easy! Ok so I didn't follow the potato filling recipe, but I did use wonton wrappers and it works great! I used about 2 teaspoons filling and crimped the edges with egg white. I boiled them 2-4 minutes then let them cool completely. I froze them and sauted them when needed in butter and they are excellent (similar to store frozen perogies). very good!

 
Most Helpful Critical Review
Dec 24, 2012

These were just ok, the egg roll wrappers were kind of chewy or tough. The filling was good. Would make my own dough if I make it again.

 

10 Ratings

Feb 22, 2014

I am so entertained by your videos Chef John. I loved your square dancing joke, and a dough-seal-dough your pierogi! I decided to give your grandmother a rest and made my own dough. Your filling however, is excellent Chef and very easy and fun to make. I look forward to making more of your recipes.

 
Apr 19, 2014

These taste good, but the texture of the wonton wrappers is thinner and a bit off from regular perogies. They also look pretty ugly, but that might just be me.

 
May 04, 2013

I tried this and these were great! reminded me of my grandma :> Making these again this weekend, yummmm!

 
Dec 31, 2012

Actually, wonton wrappers are usually square. I think you are looking for dumpling (shui jiao) skins. I don't know why the other reviewer used egg roll wrappers! Dumplings and wontons are designed to be boiled, unlike egg rolls!

 

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Nutrition

  • Calories
  • 524 kcal
  • 26%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 37.6 g
  • 12%
  • Cholesterol
  • 122 mg
  • 41%
  • Fat
  • 30.7 g
  • 47%
  • Fiber
  • 1.9 g
  • 8%
  • Protein
  • 23 g
  • 46%
  • Sodium
  • 846 mg
  • 34%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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