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Pierogi with Bacon and Chives
and braised cabbage

Active: 40 min Total: 40 min
Pierogi are stuffed dumplings that are filled with creamy potatoes, cheese, or meat and are common throughout Central and Eastern Europe. They are time-consuming to make from scratch, but are widely available in the freezer section of most grocery stores, giving us a great shortcut for this weeknight meal!
Smarts: Most pierogi that we found had instructions to cook straight from the freezer by either boiling or baking. We've noted it in the recipe below, but be sure to read the package directions and choose your preferred cooking method.
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Ingredients

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Servings:
4
Pierogi with Bacon and Chives:
  • Bacon - 6 strips, chopped
  • Chives (opt) - 1 Tbsp, chopped
  • Pierogi, any type - 16 oz (look for these in the freezer section; sub ravioli or gnocchi)
  • Sour cream - 1/3 cup (sub plain or Greek yogurt)
Braised Cabbage with Apples and Carrots:
  • Cabbage, red - 12 oz, thinly sliced
  • Carrots - 5 oz, shredded (purchase pre-shredded carrots or use a box grater)
  • Garlic - 4 cloves, chopped
  • Apples, any type - 1, diced
  • Butter - 1 1/2 Tbsp
  • Vinegar, apple cider - 1 1/2 Tbsp

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Prep

  1. Cabbage / Carrots / Garlic / Bacon - Prep as directed. Combine cabbage and carrots in one container. Store garlic and bacon in their own containers. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  2. Apples / Chives - Prep as directed. (Note: You can leave the peel on the apples as you chop them.)

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Make

  1. Check packaging on the pierogi you purchased for cooking instructions. Most can be prepared by boiling or baking, so prepare a pot of water or heat the oven, depending on your cooking preference.
  2. While water is boiling or oven is heating, place a Dutch oven over medium heat.
  3. Add bacon to heated Dutch oven and saute until crisp, 5 to 6 minutes. Transfer bacon to a paper towel-lined plate. Drain off all but 1 Tbsp / 15 mL of bacon grease (for 4 servings; adjust if customizing) and return Dutch oven to heat.
  4. To heated Dutch oven, add butter and then garlic and apples. Saute until garlic is fragrant, ~2 minutes. Add cabbage and carrots with a pinch of salt. Continue cooking until cabbage is tender, 14 to 16 minutes, stirring frequently.
  5. Meanwhile, cook pierogi according to the method you chose.
  6. When cabbage is tender, stir in vinegar. Taste and season with some salt and pepper.
  7. Serve pierogi with bacon and chives on top. Enjoy with sour cream and cabbage on the side.

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Reviews

Ratings

Original (40)
Gluten-free (1)
Paleo (2)
Vegetarian (10)

26 reviews

I loved this! The braised was so flavorful and delicious. I was in a vegetable rut and this was so fun and new.

By: Helen
Posted: Oct 27, 2021
Diet: Vegetarian
0 Helpful

I liked this one! Quick and easy. I realized after slicing the cabbage that I was out of apple cider vinegar. Ended up using balsamic and it worked!

By: Deb
Posted: Oct 26, 2021
Diet: Vegetarian
0 Helpful

Peirogies with bacon/sour cream is amazing. Cabbage is meh.

By: Sara
Posted: Oct 25, 2021
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Recipe is pan seared pork chops but the picture shows peirogies. The reviews also talk about peirogies.

By: Emmylou
Posted: Jul 26, 2020
Diet: Gluten-free
0 Helpful

Delicious. Wish I had added more salt to the veggies, and maybe a few nuts for crunch.

By: Lauren
Posted: Mar 25, 2020
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Bought jarred red cabbage and got the pierogies from a local euro mart. Easy Peasy and everyone loved it.

By: Eric
Posted: Feb 17, 2020
Diet: Original
0 Helpful