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The Misadventures of Mrs. B: Deconstructed Pierogi

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Sunday, February 6, 2011

Deconstructed Pierogi

I've been craving comfort food lately - had you noticed? I mean, the homemade pasta, the ultra-meaty and rich bolognese, the braised onions to go in my stew.  Yeah.  Comfort city, kids.

And here's another example of the sort of food that makes me wanna curl up under a Snuggie (yeah, I said Snuggie) with a bowl and dive on in.  A really big bowl.

Ever since I was little my mom has made this dish - what's better, it's something her mother made.  I love the idea of carrying on tradition like that.  Until I started making my own pierogi, the ingredients seemed sort of disjointed to me - I mean, who combines macaroni, cottage cheese and sauteed onions? Um, Polish people who make pierogi, that's who.  I had the big revelatory moment while making a batch.  One of my favorite meals, one I ask my mom to make on my birthday, is merely deconstructed pierogi.  And boy, is it comforting.  I could eat it every day.

Seriously.  It's ridiculous.

I added a little touch of my own, by the way.  The crumbled bacon lends a whole new level of texture and flavor.  Of course you don't have to add it - I just happened to have a couple of pieces left over from breakfast the day I made this! 

Deconstructed Pierogi

1/2 pound marcaroni
2 tablespoons butter
1 medium onion, diced
1 cup cottage cheese
1-2 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled (optional)
Salt and pepper, to taste

Cook macaroni according to package directions and drain.  Return to pot.

In saute pan, melt butter.  Add diced onions and cook over medium heat until softened and browned.  Add to pot of cooked macaroni, along with cottage cheese, salt and pepper.  Stir well to combine.

Serve with bits of crumbled bacon on top.

Stupid easy, isn't it? But the flavors meld so well - I promise you, you can't go wrong with this.  It grosses my husband out when I eat it, but he just doesn't know what he's missing.

What's your favorite comfort food?

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Blogger KLZ said...

Everything with cheese and bacon is good. Especially pierogi

February 7, 2011 at 8:26 AM

Blogger Lisa said...

I need to try this! I'm all about the comfort food these days and we love pierogis. Thanks for the idea!

February 7, 2011 at 9:29 AM

Blogger Katie @ This Chick Cooks said...

Anything with butter and bacon is good in my book. This sounds good to me :)

February 7, 2011 at 10:07 AM

Anonymous Brandie@thecountrycook said...

The bacon does it for me.This sounds wonderful!!

February 7, 2011 at 10:15 AM

Blogger Liz Mays said...

That looks utterly fantastic!

February 7, 2011 at 11:42 AM

Blogger Jenny said...

This sounds delicious. I always see stuff 'deconstructed' but would never have thought of this.

I'm sending this recipe along to my daughter!

And bacon? I am soooo totally in!

February 7, 2011 at 3:52 PM

Anonymous Jen Kiss said...

Ok. First I think it's adorable that you're pictures have you're personal watermark. And I also think you're amazing for doing this blog. You have no idea. That being said...I get pierogis, I get polish food...I don't get pasta and cottage cheese. I don't think I can...I mean I can't even say it out loud. I have a sensitive gag reflex when it comes to cottage cheese. If it doesn't have apple butter, I don't really go near it. But I really want this dish based on the picture! Let's have a pot luck reunion and you bring this.

February 7, 2011 at 7:51 PM

Blogger Elizabeth said...

I never would've thought to put cottage cheese and pasta together, but you make it sound so good!

February 7, 2011 at 9:32 PM

Blogger Karen said...

Wow, Jen, talk about comfort food, this is it! Thanks for sharing. Love it that this recipe is a family tradition. gonna start this tradition in my family. Stopping by for Mouthwatering Monday. blessings on your day!

February 8, 2011 at 12:34 AM

Blogger Anna said...

That looks delicious!! Yummy! Stopping by from SITS! Love your elevator pitch!

February 8, 2011 at 1:22 AM

Blogger Val said...

My mouth is watering!! YUM

February 8, 2011 at 8:34 AM

Blogger Delene said...

1 question. Did
Did you drain the cottage cheese? I recently returned from a shopping trip to Poland (POTTERY) and was able to fall in love with pierogis!

February 8, 2011 at 10:48 AM

Blogger Farah Jasmine said...


February 8, 2011 at 11:48 AM

Blogger MrsJenB said...

Delene - thanks for the question. I did not drain the cottage cheese because otherwise the dish would turn out pretty dry. Yes, there's butter, but really not enough for all that pasta.

February 8, 2011 at 2:05 PM

Blogger alissa {33shadesofgreen} said...

This looks delicious! I'm half Polish and LOVE pierigi's! Total comfort food for sure. My Mom and I make every year.

February 9, 2011 at 7:22 PM

Blogger Jennifer said...

Interesting. . . I don't have anything that comes close to this in my recipe file. I'm always looking for new ones, so I'm bookmarking it! Thanks for sharing, stopping by from HofH.
Scissors & Spatulas

February 9, 2011 at 11:33 PM

Blogger Team Chastain said...

Love the entire concept!! I think my hubby & son (both really big on pierogies) would enjoy this. Thanks for sharing!

February 9, 2011 at 11:53 PM

Blogger Christina @ It's a Keeper said...

Hi! I host a weekly blog hop -- It's a Keeper Thursdays. I'd love for you to stop by and link up!

Christina @ It's a Keeper

February 10, 2011 at 7:54 AM

Blogger Candace said...

I think this recipe looks wonderful! Thanks for sharing it!

February 10, 2011 at 11:04 AM

Blogger Miz Helen said...

Hi Jen,
Deconstructed sounds like constructed to looks amazing and I am all about the Snuggie and big bowl. Thank you so much for bringing your Deconstructed Pierogi to Full Plate Thursday for us to enjoy and please come back!

February 10, 2011 at 3:03 PM

Anonymous Andrea said...

I tried pierogi for the first time when I was in Krakow a few months ago and loved it. I'm not sure how I would go making this myself but I might give it a go.

February 11, 2011 at 7:05 AM

Blogger Olga Poltava said...

Looks and sounds delicious. And bacon is optional, so I can skip it as I am vegetarian. Thank you for sharing this easy recipe.
Happy Valentine's Day!

February 11, 2011 at 7:57 PM

Blogger Jenn Erickson said...

Awesome! What a totally original and creative approach to pierogi. I love it! The bacon really took it over the top! So glad you joined the party at Rook No. 17 and hope you'll be back to treat us to more of your creativity again! Jenn

February 15, 2011 at 2:00 AM


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