Homemade Potato and Bacon Perogies

I LOVE perogies. I love to sautee onions in butter and fry the perogies in the same pan. DELICIOUS! I usually buy them from the grocery store though and they usually aren’t that great. Chris used to live near a bunch of Polish bakeries and one thing we used to pick up sometimes were freshly made perogies. They are 100% better than anything you can find in a grocery store.

SO after countless bags of half rate perogies I decided to whip up a batch of my own. BEST EVER!!! The dough was AMAZING, and the potato/bacon stuffing was better than any I’ve ever tried because it was FRESH! I started with a recipe I got from AllRecipes.com, my favourite website for recipes. I changed it up a bit to accommodate ingredients I had and they turned out great!

I don’t know if I’ll be able to go back to the ‘other kind’ now 😛 ALSO, this is QUITE the process and if you plan on making a lot I would recommend getting a few people together to produce a perogie making line. It would cut down on time and potential frustration 🙂

Cheese, Potato & Bacon Perogies

  • 2 1/4 cups unbleached flour
  • 1.5 teaspoons salt
  • 1.5 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1 cup plain yogurt (no fat)
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 4 medium potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 3-4 pieces chicken bacon, chopped into small pieces
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheese
  • 1 tablespoon Parmesan cheese
  • A splash of skim milk
  • Salt, Pepper, Garlic Powder and a lil’ Onion salt to taste. Or whatever spices you like
  1. In a large bowl, stir together the flour and salt. In a separate bowl, whisk together the butter, yogurt, egg whites and oil. Stir the wet ingredients into the flour until well blended. Cover the bowl with a towel, and let stand for 15 to 20 minutes.
  2. Cook bacon using your preferred method and pat dry. Cut into very small pieces.
  3. Place potatoes into a pot, and fill with enough water to cover. Bring to a boil, and cook until tender, about 15 minutes. Drain, and mash with shredded cheese and Parmesan cheese with a little milk while still hot. Season with onion salt, salt and pepper and garlic powder. Set aside to cool.
  4. Roll out dough on a lightly floured surface until it is thin enough to work with, but not too thin so that it tears. Cut into circles using a cookie cutter, perogie cutter, or a glass. Brush a little water around the edges of the circles, and spoon some filling into the center. Fold the circles over into half-circles, and press to seal the edges. Place perogies on a parchment lined cookie sheet, and freeze. Once frozen, transfer to freezer storage bags or containers.
  5. To cook perogies: Remove desired amount of perogies into a highsided bowl. Fill with HOT tap water. In a frying pan heat butter or oil and sautee onions. When onions are half done use a slotted spoon and remove perogies from water and insert into hot pan with onions. Cook until golden brown on first side, flip and continue to cook until golden brown on second side. Enjoy immdeiately!!
Cheese, Potato and Bacon Mixture

Cheese, Potato and Bacon Mixture

FINISHED PEROGIES!

FINISHED PEROGIES!

Hours later and I have 34 perogies! You can tell the ones Chris did :P

Hours later and I have 34 perogies! You can tell the ones Chris did 😛

I like my perogies with a Sweet and Spicy sauce that you can pick up at most grocery stores!! They are also good with plain sour cream, yogurt (healthy alternative to sour cream) or some barbecue sauce.

Homemade crescent rolls

I wanted to make a few things for Easter dinner as my family was coming here to eat for our family dinner. This was the first time everyone came to our place for a Holiday meal and I LOVED IT! I made a few things like some peppermint patties, recipe posted below, a carrot cake with delicious cream cheese frosting, an old favorite MERINGUE COOKIES, bacon and two cheese scalloped potatoes and these delicious homemade crescent rolls! These were the biggest, fluffiest rolls I have ever seen. Quite frankly I wasn’t even 100% sure that they would turn out properly, as I have never worked with active dry yeast before. They were a HUGE success, literally 😛

I changed up the recipe just a little and used a bit of whole wheat flour, and didn’t coat my dough with the 1/4 cup butter it called for, I just didn’t see the point. They were still absolutely perfect, the outsides golden brown, the insides light, fluffy, delicious.

I halved the original recipe and it still made 16 buns which was still waaaay too many for our table of 6.

Delicious homemade crescent rolls

Delicious homemade crescent rolls

Crescent Rolls

  • 1/2 cup cooled mashed potatoes
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 1 1/4 cups warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
  • 1/3 cup white sugar
  • 1/3 cup butter or shortening
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoons salt
  • 3 cups unbleached flour 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
  1. In a large bowl dissolve yeast in warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C) until creamy, about 10 minutes.
  2. When yeast has been dissolved, mix in potatoes, sugar, butter or shortening, egg, salt and half the flour. Stir in the remaining flour 1/2 cup at a time until dough becomes stiff yet still pliable. Turn dough out onto a floured work surface and knead until smooth and elastic, about 8 minutes. Lightly oil a large bowl and insert dough. Cover well with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 8 hours, or up to five days!
  3. After at least 8 hours deflate the dough and turn out again onto a floured work surface. Roll out dough to a 12-14 inch circle and cut (using a pizza cutter) into 16 wedges. Roll wedges up tightly starting from the largest end, down to the point and form into a crescent shape. Cover and let rise for one hour while your oven is preheating.
  4. Bake, on parchment paper in a preheated oven for around 15 minutes, or until golden brown.
Rolls before they hit the oven

Rolls before they hit the oven

Delicious homemade crescent rolls

Delicious homemade crescent rolls

Potato Pizza

Ever have any leftover mashed potatoes that you just DON’T know what to do with [and you’re not a fan of how greasy potato pancakes are?].

Well this is the leftover taters dish for YOU then, and can usually be made with stuff that you’ll already have in your fridge!

This is another recipe where I just eye the ingredients! Your layer of potatoes and toppings of choice can be whatever you like best so have some fun!

I’ve had to recall this recipe from memory, so if you know of any variations, please feel free to let me know 🙂

Potato Pizza

  • Leftover mashed potatoes [try adding one sweet potato with your regular white potatoes for a lil’ something different].
  • Whole wheat pitas.
  • Sour cream.
  • Cheese.
  • Toppings of choice: pepperoni, bacon, any peppers, pineapple, broccoli, tomatoes, onions.
  1. Preheat oven to 375 for a softer crust, and 425 for a crisper crust.
  2. Spread layer of warmed mashed potatoes over your pita bread.
  3. Next spread a thin layer of sour cream as your sauce.
  4. Sprinkle cheese over sour cream and top with ingredients of your choice.
  5. Cook on baking sheet until cheese is melted or until crust reaches desired crispiness.

Leftover mashed potato pizza

Leftover mashed potato pizza

Bacon and Egg Potato Salad

This is the recipe for my delicious bacon and egg potato salad that ALWAYS gets gobbled up first, and even though it is only a salad, often outshines the main course!

I used to think that this type of salad was only for the summer time, but who am I to restrict such a delicious salad to only the summer months?

For this masterpiece I’m not a stickler about exact measurements so have some fun with it and use as much or as little as your personally like best.

Bacon and Egg Potato Salad

  • Potatoes washed, peeled, cubed and boiled until soft. Poke with a fork to check how hard they are after boiling for around 10 minutes!
  • Bacon that has been cooked and chopped.
  • Soft boiled eggs. Boil water and then insert eggs. Remove from heat and let stand for at least 12 minutes. Let cool and then remove shell and break apart with a fork.
  • Green onions, chopped [whites and chives]
  • Broccoli, stems removed and cut into smaller pieces.
  • Sometimes I like to add orange or yellow chopped peppers too.
  • Cheese of you choice to grate into salad.

For the creamy sauce I typically use a concoction of mayo, a little dijon mustard, a little caesar dressing [homemade or store bought], salt & pepper and some dry dill. Start with 1/2 a cup mayo, add a lil’ squirt of mustard and caesar and then add your spices and see how it tastes. Alter this to suit your own tastes.

  • Mix potatoes, eggs, bacon, green onions, broccoli and cheese in a large bowl while potatoes are still warm. Grate cheese of your choice throughout salad. Pour as much or as little creamy mixture over potatoes that you like and enjoy! Enjoy while still warm, or chill to enjoy later.
Creamy Sauce concoction

Creamy Sauce concoction

Cooked potatoes, bacon, onions and veggies ready to be mixed

Cooked potatoes, bacon, onions and veggies ready to be mixed

Bacon and egg potato salad

Bacon and egg potato salad

We had a friend over recently and while he was reaching for seconds of this wonderful salad, he had a chance to say that it was BY FAR the best potato salad he has ever had…which then prompted another man in the house to follow suit 😛

Oven Baked Cheese and Bacon or Veggie Potato Skins

This recipe originally called for about 2 cups of oil to fry the potato skins in. I modified it and by cooking the potato skins in the oven coated in oil I was able to reduce the amount down to around one teaspoon!!! Much healthier if you stick with the veggie skins and SOOO delicious. We went out to a Restaurant last week and ordered Potato skins to compare and the ones that I made were soooooo much better!

Restaurant quality potato skins in your own home!

This recipe is enough for an appetizer for two. Double up as needed, they go fast!!!

Cheese and Bacon Potato Skins

Cheese and Bacon Potato Skins

Potato Skins

6 Small, Round, New Potatoes WASHED

Cheese shredded, your choice to taste

OPTIONAL

Bacon or Ham cooked and diced, to taste

Green Onions diced, to taste

Broccoli diced, to taste

Sour Cream to dip

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Wrap pricked and washed potatoes in tinfoil and place in preheated oven for about 45 minutes. WHY PRICK POTATOES? http://food.ivillage.com/cooking/0,,33n,00.html
  3. After 45 minutes removed potatoes from oven and remove tinfoil. Let cool briefly.
  4. Cut each potato in half and scoop out inside leaving a thin edge of potato. [This is best done when potatoes are still slightly warm as they are easier to scoop! I use a rounded metal measuring Tsp. Cuts through the potato really easily and the extra potato can be saved for potato pancakes :0 ]
  5. After you have scooped each potato place flat side down on tinfoil lined cookie sheet. Rub each potato skin with a small amount of oil until all are completely covered.
  6. Place back in oven for 10-15 minutes until they begin to crisp up.
  7. Remove skins from oven again and fill with different mixtures of Cheese, Bacon, Green Onions and Broccoli, or whatever you like. Leftover Chili makes a great potato skin!!!
  8. Stick back in oven until cheese melts, approximately 4-5 minutes.
  9. Let cool slightly and serve with sour cream or your choice of dip.

Scoop out inside leaving a 1/4 inch layer of potato. Lay down on covered cookie sheet and cover with a tiny amount of oil

Scoop out inside leaving a 1/4 inch layer of potato. Lay down on covered cookie sheet and cover with a tiny amount of oil

Cook oil covered potato skins in oven about 10-15 minutes until desired crispiness is reached

Cook oil covered potato skins in oven about 10-15 minutes until desired crispiness is reached

Potato skins stuffed with yummy cheese and bacon. Mmmm

Potato skins stuffed with yummy cheese and bacon. Mmmm

Finished Potato skins. ENJOY!

Finished Potato skins. ENJOY!