Potato and Bacon Perogies with Caramelized Shallots and Walnuts

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Quick Facts

Servings: 24
Prep Time: 2 hr.
Cook Time: 45 min.
Total: 2 hr. 45 min.
Kris Mullen
This fresh homemade version of the popular eastern European dumplings are fun to make, better tasting, and better for you.

Ingredients

  • For the Dough3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 Tbs melted butter, salted
  • 1 1/4 cup plain yogurt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vegetable oil
  • For the Filling2-3 large potatoes
  • 3 slices bacon
  • 2 shallots, finely sliced
  • 1/2 green apple, peeled and chopped
  • 1 Tbs olive oil
  • 1 Tbs walnuts, finely ground in food processor
  • 2 Tbs cottage cheese
  • 1 Tbs milk
  • 1 Tbs butter
  • 1/4 cup sharp white cheddar, shredded
  • 1/4 cup Gorgonzola, crumbled

Directions

  • In a large bowl, combine flour and salt. Set aside.
  • In a medium bowl, combine butter, yogurt, eggs, and oil. Whisk until smooth and fold into the flour mixture. Stir the mixture until the flour is fully combined and a light and sticky dough forms.
  • Cover the bowl with a cloth and let stand 1 hour. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.
  • For the filling, start with the potatoes. Peel and boil them until tender; about 15-20 minutes depending on the size. Drain and set aside.
  • In a large pot or Dutch oven, cook the bacon until crispy. Remove from pan, chop into small pieces, and set aside.
  • Add olive oil to bacon fat and heat medium-high. Sauté shallots in oil for 1 minute, reduce heat, and allow to simmer for 20-25 minutes or until they begin to caramelize.
  • Add diced apple to the pan and continue to cook on low heat until shallots are caramelized and apples are tender. Remove from heat.
  • Return bacon and potatoes to the pan and mash until the shallots, bacon, and apples are equally distributed throughout the mash.
  • Add cottage cheese, milk, butter, ground walnuts, white cheddar, and Gorgonzola and continue to mash until almost smooth and fully combined. Set aside.
  • To assemble the perogies, flour a large workspace and roll out the dough until it is ¼ of an inch thin.
  • Using a round cookie cutter or the top of a wine glass, cut rounds of dough and place 1 tablespoon of filling in the middle. Wet the edges of the dough and fold over, pressing the sides to seal in the filling. Use a fork to press down the edges so the filling is securely inside.
  • Place the perogies on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper and place in the freezer for 2 hours. Once they are frozen, move the perogies to a freezer bag and keep them frozen until they will be used.
  • To cook perogies, place them in a large bowl of hot water. In the meantime, warm olive oil over medium heat and sauté some onions and garlic. Add perogies to oil and fry until they are hot and golden brown. Serve with sour cream or Gorgonzola cream sauce.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 163
  Calories from Fat 74 (45%)
(13%)Total Fat 8g
(17%)Saturated Fat 3g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 3g
(11%)Cholesterol 32mg
(11%)Sodium 273mg
(4%)Potassium 155mg
Total Carbohydrate 17g
(3%)Dietary Fiber 1g
Sugars 0g
Sugar Alcohols 0g
(11%)Protein 5g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Nutrition facts are calculated by a food expert using nutritional values provided by the USDA for common products used as recipe ingredients. Actual nutritional values may differ depending on the amounts or products used and can be affected by cooking methods.

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