Lasagna noodles layered with real mashed potatoes, onions, butter, and cheese - the easier way to enjoy fresh pierogies on a busy weeknight!
I absolutely love, love, love recipes like this! I usually get my recipe ideas flipping through magazines, taking out old cookbooks from the library (or even better, finding them at thrift stores!), and of course browsing through Pinterest. But not this one!
My mom told me that at their last church dinner, one of the ladies brought this Pierogi Casserole and it was a total hit with her and my dad - she had to have the recipe! And of course the next time I was over her house and she's telling me this story, she made a copy of the recipe and handed it to me. I LOVE getting hand-me-down recipes, don't you?
Pierogies have always been a favorite of mine, but I have to admit, I preferred the frozen boxed kind to the fresh! I grew up in Philly and fresh pierogies meant LOTS and LOTS of slimy onions - which you all know I despise! The annoying part is that they probably tasted fanstastic if I could just get past those onions, haha! I've since had freshly made pierogies with a better ratio of potato and onion and OH MAN are they the best ever!
I don't know about you, but there's no stinkin' way I have time to make those things during the week - not with school and soccer and Paul's schedule and church and library and playdates ... oh yeah, and attempting to keep up with the housework! You know how much I love simple recipes, and this is one you have to try!
I used one of my favorite dinner shortcuts - Simply Potatoes. Making mashed potatoes in itself is a time consumer, so I love using these! Simply Potatoes is a line of fresh, never frozen, potato products located in the refrigerated dairy section of your supermarket and made with real ingredients. Fresh mashed potatoes AND pierogies without the hassle? I'm in!
1 box lasagna noodles, cooked and drained
1 onion, diced fine
2 (24 oz) packages Simply Potatoes (5-6 cups mashed potatoes)
1 stick of butter, sliced in 16 slices
18 slices American Cheese
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a skillet, saute diced onions until transluscent, set aside. Empty mashed potatoes into a large mixing bowl and stir/fluff with a fork. In a greased 9 x 13 baking dish, layer lasagna noodles, scoops of 1/3 of the mashed potatoes, 1/3 of the sauteed onions, 5 slices of butter, and 6 slices of American Cheese. Repeat layers twice more (3 layers total). Cover loosely with foil, and bake in preheated oven for 20-30 minutes or until cheese is melted and casserole is heated through.
This is a slam dunk, kid friendly dinner with real mashed potatoes that any mom can feel good about serving because it sneaks in a bit of nutrition even when you're in a pinch for time! And of course, it's absolutely delicious! For more recipes and ideas be sure to check out Simply Potatoes Favorites and Simply Potatoes on Pinterest.
Here are some more of my favorite casseroles: