Friday, May 11, 2012

Meatless Pierogies Stroganoff

Pierogies are a type of boiled dumpling or pasta pocket that are stuffed with various ingredients, usually including, but not limited to, mashed potatoes. They are a wonderful and tasty alternative to pasta or gnocchi in one-dish meals. Pierogies can be deep fried, sauteed or boiled. For this dish I sauteed them in butter.

Stroganoff is a dish usually based on beef (strips or cubes) that is browned and then served in a sauce made with sauteed onions, mushrooms, sour cream, and herbs. For meatless Fridays, however, I have developed the following recipe:

Ingredients:

1 can cream of mushroom soup
2/3 cup sour cream
3/4 cup milk
1 T Worcestershire sauce
1 T basil
3 T butter
1 onion, chopped
1 green bell pepper, chopped
1 pkg mushrooms, sliced
2 cloves garlic, minced
Salt and pepper to taste
1 bag pierogies (I buy them at Walmart)

Directions:

In a crock pot, combine the first 5 ingredients and set to 'low'
Melt 2 T butter in a skillet and saute onions until caramelized 
Add green peppers and allow to sweat
Add garlic and saute for another 2 minutes
Stir the vegetables into the sauce
Melt 1 T butter in a skillet and add pierogies, cook until brown and warm inside

Serve:

Place several browned pierogies onto a plate 
Spoon a generous amount of sauce over them
Garnish with parsley or basil leaves and serve