Monday, November 16, 2009

Bacon Cheddar Perogies

My husband went to Canada on his mission, and they had a lot of perogies (basically a potato filled ravioli).  We would occasionally get them from a specialty Canadian store, and then WalMart started carrying them, but every now and then I make them.
Traditionally, they are cooked in water, just like pasta, but we prefer ours crispy, so we fry ours (not deep fried).

4 c. mashed potatoes
1 Tbsp. dried chives
1 Tbsp. dried parsley
salt, pepper and butter to taste
1 c. cheddar cheese, shredded
¼ small onion, chopped small
8 slices bacon, cooked crisp and crumbled
2 packages wonton wraps

Combine all ingredients and wrap in wontons. Seal edges with water.
Fry in bacon grease or olive oil until browned on both sides.  Serve immediately.

Will keep fresh in fridge for 2-3 days.
To Freeze: lay out (separated) on cookie sheet and freeze.  Store in ziplock bag.

If you've never used wontons before, lay them out individually on a clean counter or cutting board. 
Spoon about 1 Tbsp. mixture into the middle.
Dip a pastry brush in water, and run it along the outside edges of each piece. 

Top each wonton with an additional wonton and press the edges together (the water will create a seal).  If you can find circle wontons, I prefer those.  If not, after forming each square, wrap the outside edges in towards the middle, forming a circle.
Square corners burn easily, and when frozen are very sharp, often ripping through the freezer bag.

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