Thursday, January 9, 2014

Potato, Bacon and Cottage Cheese Stuffed Pierogies & Giveaways #GayLeaFoods

Homemade Pierogies with Cottage cheese.

Cottage cheese is not something I really grew up with. Dad wasn't and isn't a cheese eater and Mom preferred cheddar. It wasn't until my sister moved out and made a lasagna for us, that I tasted cottage cheese. That's what most people think of, when they hear the word cottage cheese.... OK, well not everyone, but Hubby at least, LOL. When I told him I wanted to create a recipe using cottage cheese his first two words were "make lasagna". Don't get me wrong, I LOVE lasagna, but I already have quite a few lasagna recipes on my blog. I wanted to make something I'd never posted before. Something I knew the whole family would go Ga-Ga for; Homemade Pierogies!

I made pierogies years and years ago, when I had just moved out of my parents house. It was really simple to make, but it did take a fair amount of time. With two consecutive snow day this week, I had tons of time to play in the kitchen. The key to making homemade pierogies is to get all your filling ingredients cooked and ready before getting to work.When we buy pierogies at the store, we always grab the bacon flavoured ones, so I knew I wanted bacon in these. Bacon, potatoes, cottage cheese and onions, doesn't that sounds amazing? After last night's dinner, Hubby commented that we will never have to buy frozen pierogies again. I told him that if he gives me a day's notice, that may just be able to happen, LOL. The filling was creamy, slightly salty and delicious! The dough crispy and tender. Perfect!

Homemade Pierogies with Cottage Cheese

Potato, Bacon and Cottage Cheese Stuffed Pierogies
printable version

4 large yellow potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks
6 slices bacon
1 small onion
2 Tbs butter
1 C Gay Lea cottage cheese
1/2 C marble Cheddar, shredded

2 cups flour (extra for kneading)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 large egg
1/2 cup Gay Lea sour cream
1/4 cup butter, softened and cut into small pieces

To prepare the dough, mix together the flour and salt. Beat the egg and add it to the flour, followed by the sour cream and 1/4 C butter. Mix until the dough forms a ball. Knead on a lightly floured surface, or in mixer; until the dough looses most of it's stickiness; 5-7 minutes. I used my stand mixer with the dough hook for this. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and let rest in the fridge, for 20-30 minutes.

While the dough is resting, bring a pot of water to a boil. Season with a generous pinch of sea salt and add potato chunks. Cook until fork tender.

In the meantime, cook bacon by placing it on a parchment lined, rimmed cookie sheet and baking it in a 375 degree oven for approximately 10-15 minutes. Removed cooked bacon to a paper towel lined plate, to drain and cool. Finely chop bacon and set aside.

In a small skillet, melt butter over medium low heat. Add onions and cook until they become translucent; about 5 minutes. Let cool.

Once potatoes are cooked, drain them and return them to the pot. Roughly mash potatoes. Add the bacon, onions and cottage cheese, and mash until smooth. Scoop tablespoon amounts of filling, using a small scoop, into little balls and let cool.

Roll the pierogi dough on a floured surface, to 1/8" thick. Cut dough into circles using a 2" cookie cutter or drinking glass. Place a scoop of filling on each dough round and fold the dough over, forming a semi-circle. Press the edges together tightly; until the seam is hard to see.

Boil pierogies in salted water until they float to the top. Drain and lightly sautee in a skillet with olive oil, until lightly golden and crisp. Serve with additional sour cream, bacon and green onion. 

“Disclosure: I am part of the Gay Lea Blogger Campaign with Mom Central Canada and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.”


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Lisa Lefebvre said...

I used to make perogies with my sister when I was younger....never tried with cottage cheese though...these look great!!

Corrina said...

Hi Cindy!

Happy New Year! How are you enjoying all the snow we have gotten?

I am looking forward to trying these! I am sure my family will love them!

Katherines Corner said...

my hubby would love this. Unfortunately I cant have cottage cheese ( sad face) Thank you so much for helping to make the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop so much fun Hugs! P.S. I invite you to add your giveaways to my giveaway page

ZenHarmony said...

Other than in perogies, I love cottage cheese by itself, with a little fresh ground pepper.

Bev said...

I love adding cottage cheese to scrambled eggs. It gives them a really creamy texture and adds lots of protein.

Marjorie/cenya2 said...

I like cottage cheese with just salt and pepper on it.
I make my own homemade perogies when I have a special occasion.

Pam Gurganus said...

My favorite cottage cheese recipe is using it in lasagna!

Pam Gurganus said...

I like my cottage cheese with a little sweetener and vanilla and put it on toast!

Brenda Penton said...

I like adding unsweetened jam to my cottage cheese and eating like that as a snack.

michelle tremblett said...

I love cottage cheese with scrambled eggs and toast :)

Glogirl said...

I like to eat my cottage cheese plain, by itself.

Daughter of The KING said...

I've made cottage cheese and I've made potato, bacon & onion perogies; have never combined all the above to make them. Will definitely have to make them. They look yummy :)

pamalot said...

I usually prefer it cooked in a recipe.
pam w h

Susan Broughton said...

I like to eat my cottage cheese in a bowl with canned fruit (usually Mandarin Oranges)The liquid from the oranges is so good combined with that cottage cheese!

Susan Broughton said...

I also like cottage cheese in my lasagna recipe instead of ricotta. or a combination of the two. to me the cottage cheese makes the lasagna creamier.

ksceviour said...

I prefer my cottage cheese in lasagna,,yum!
(Karla Sceviour)

Maggie K. said...

My favourite way to enjoy cottage cheese is plain. I also like it in lasagna.

Miz Helen said...

Hi Cindy,
These look fabulous, I can almost taste them. Thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and have a great weekend!
Miz Helen

Lindsay T said...

I love cottage cheese plain, straight out of the container - no recipe needed!

Belinda M said...

my favorite recipe that includes cottage cheese is lasagna

Belinda M said...

I like my cottage cheese plain

Doris Calvert said...

I like my cottage cheese with green onion and salt and pepper on toast, also in lasagne

jemrah said...

with fruit - for breakfast

ginette4 said...

I like it in my homemade lasagna

Julie Bolduc said...

I likeit in my pasta sauce

Honey What If.... said...

I like my cottage cheese in lasagna.

Honey What If.... said...

I don't have any recipes.

flowerchild said...

I like cottage cheese in lasagna

Soozle said...

I usually eat it plain or with some fruit in it- that's my favorite way :)

Erika E said...

I like my cottage cheese with salt and pepper.

Tammy D said...

I love cottage cheese in lasagna!
(Tammy Dalley)

tanyab79 said...

Often have it in lasagna but sometimes just as is with some pepper.

Michelle B said...

I love ham and cottage cheese sandwiches!

Andrew Pham (apham17) said...

Cottage Cheese in Lasagna

Andrew Pham (apham17) said...

favorite recipe that includes cottage cheese is lasagna

Anonymous said...

I use cottage cheese in my Lasagna and I also like it mixed with fruit
Florence C

jopfoh said...

tomatoes yum

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lushka said...

I like my cottage cheese straight up!

Jenn Erin said...

my mom makes this amazing cheesy crustless quiche with cottage cheese