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Bacon Pierogi Bake

Photo: John Autry; Styling: Leigh Ann Ross
Total time 38 mins
Yield 4 servings (serving size: 3 pierogies and 2 tablespoons sauce)
Similar to Italy's ravioli, "pierogis" are Polish dumplings made from unleavened bread dough and stuffed with a filling, typically made from potatoes.  In this dish, potato-and-onion pierogis are covered with a creamy sauce and cheese, then baked until bubbly and topped with bacon, green onions, and tomatoes.  Bake in individual gratin dishes for fun individual "casseroles," and serve with a green salad.

Ingredients

  • 1 (16-ounce) package frozen potato and onion pierogies (such as Mrs. T's)
  • Cooking spray
  • 2 center-cut bacon slices, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/3 cup (3 ounces) 1/3-less-fat cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup fat-free, lower-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup (2 ounces) shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup thinly diagonally sliced green onions
  • 1/4 cup chopped seeded plum tomato
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Nutrition Information

  • calories 303
  • fat 12.8 g
  • satfat 6 g
  • monofat 4.3 g
  • polyfat 0.4 g
  • protein 12.1 g
  • carbohydrate 36.4 g
  • fiber 2.2 g
  • cholesterol 38 mg
  • iron 0.4 mg
  • sodium 646 mg
  • calcium 141 mg

How to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 400°.

  2. Arrange the pierogies in an 11 x 7-inch glass baking dish coated with cooking spray. Cook bacon in a saucepan over medium heat until crisp; remove from pan. Set aside.

  3. Add garlic to drippings in pan, and cook for 30 seconds, stirring constantly. Add 1/3 cup cream cheese to pan, and cook for 1 minute or until cream cheese begins to melt, stirring frequently. Gradually add chicken broth to pan, stirring with a whisk until smooth. Pour the cream cheese mixture evenly over pierogies. Top evenly with 1/2 cup cheddar cheese. Bake at 400° for 20 minutes or until bubbly and thoroughly heated. Remove from oven, and sprinkle with bacon, green onions, tomato, and pepper.

Cook's Notes

Pierogis are yummy potato-filled dumplings you can purchase from the freezer section of most major supermarkets.  Using this convenience to jump-start dinner is not just economical, but it'll save you lots of time in the kitchen, as well.