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In the battle of best dumpling on earth, the pierogi has a fighting chance for the championship. These Polish dough pillows are usually filled with farmer's cheese, potatoes, sauerkraut, mushrooms, meat or fruit. They're endlessly versatile and seriously comforting.
Pierogis, like all dumplings, can pretty much do no wrong. They're great as a side, as the main event or, wait for it... in a pierogi casserole. A pierogi casserole consists of pre-made pierogies layered with cheese, bacon and onions, that are then baked. Or it can be something even more amazing: a lazy person's pile of noodles, mashed potatoes, caramelized onions and cheese, that come together to taste like one giant baked pierogi. You read that right: a giant baked pierogi.
Making your own pierogis is easier than you might expect. The fun part comes in when you start playing around with different filling combinations, the possibilities of which are endless. Check out the 14 pierogi recipes below. As far as we're concerned, the pierogi knows no boundaries.