Pierogi with Bacon and Chives and braised cabbage
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.
- 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)
- 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
- 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)
- Apples / Chives - Prep as directed. (Note: You can leave the peel on the apples as you chop them.)
- 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.
- While water is boiling or oven is heating, place a Dutch oven over medium heat.
- 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.
- 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.
- Meanwhile, cook pierogi according to the method you chose.
- When cabbage is tender, stir in vinegar. Taste and season with some salt and pepper.
- Serve pierogi with bacon and chives on top. Enjoy with sour cream and cabbage on the side.
I had to add a fair amount of salt to the cabbage, which probably would have been less of an issue in the bacon version.0 Helpful
This was fine, it wasn't too much work. I love cabbage so that is always a welcome addition. We added some red pepper flakes to the cabbage to spice things up a bit.0 Helpful
Cabbage turned out as one note. Would definitely use less garlic next time. I think maybe making more of a quick sauerkraut with the cabbage and adding the apples at the end raw would be better.0 Helpful
I thought it was good but no one in the family agreed, so this is not going on the favorites list.0 Helpful
This was one of my favourite meals I've made with CookSmarts. We swapped out bacon for kielbasa. I used coleslaw mix to cut down on the prep time, so it all came together in about 20 minutes!0 Helpful
Pretty good. My husband really liked it, I thought it was just OK. Good quality bacon makes a difference! I'd like to see more meals with pierogis!0 Helpful