Homemade Pierogi Recipe

This homemade pierogi recipe creates pillowy pockets of dough filled with a fluffy mashed potato center. The tender homemade dough will melt in your mouth. These cheese and potato pierogies are delicious served on their own, made into a casserole, or as a side to dishes like kielbasa and sauerkraut.

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Cold Tortellini Salad with Ranch Dressing

Too hot for pasta? Think again with this creamy cold tortellini salad with ranch dressing. Loaded with big bites of cheddar cheese, pieces of crumbled bacon, and cheese tortellini, this pasta salad recipe is anything but ordinary. A handful of ingredients and a quick 20 minutes and this cold tortellini salad is ready to go.

cold tortellini salad with ranch dressing in a stacked sky blue bowls is studded with cubes of cheddar cheese and crisp pieces of bacon

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Cheddar Bacon Ranch Pierogi Bake

Turn a bag of frozen pierogi into the most comforting casserole ever with this cheddar bacon ranch pierogi bake. With smoky bacon, smooth cream cheese and big ranch flavor, this dish pleases the whole family. Perfect for cold winter nights or for game day eats, this cozy casserole will warm you up and help you beat the dead of winter blues.

Cheddar bacon ranch pierogi bake

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Sour Cream Corn Bread Dumplings

When the Winter weather comes callin’, we go running straight for our biggest pot & our favorite batch of hearty chili. Obviously, no bowl of chili would be complete without a serving of cornbread. Skip the extra steps and combine the two with these yummy, savory Sour Cream Corn Bread Dumplings.

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Cheddar Bacon Ranch Quiche

Whether you’re planning your breakfast, brunch, or dinner menus– this Cheddar Bacon Ranch Quiche will be the unrivaled star of your spread. A flaky, buttery pie crust holds the perfect blend of soft fluffy eggs, sharp cheddar, crisp crumbled bacon, and rich ranch dressing. Each serving is a little slice of Heaven that’s just meant to be shared.

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Sous Chef Sunday: Grilled Mac N Cheese Sandwich

If you’ve never had a mac n cheese grilled cheese sandwich, then you’ve never really lived. It’s exactly what it sounds like: creamy macaroni and cheese stuffed into a sandwich with extra sharp cheddar and grilled until melty inside and golden browned to perfection on the outside. Some of you skeptic, health-conscious folk might be thinking that’s just way too much starch in one sandwich. WRONG! Those were my initial thoughts too, but alas, that is not the case. The starchy side and the sandwich aspect work harmoniously well together, creating a euphoric eating experience unlike any other. It’s a fusion of the ultimate comfort foods that results in a beautiful soul food hybrid. This, my friends, is heaven.

This recipe makes two sandwiches at once. Needing more than that? Just double the recipe as needed. I’ve always got to make 3 ‘batches’. Wanting to dial back the cheesiness a bit? You can opt out of adding the extra slices of cheddar? Even the cheese is flexible? Don’t like cheddar? American works well. Prefer a white cheddar macaroni and cheese? Use white cheddar slices, or even mozzarella or provolone. Cheese is very forgiving. 🙂

Grilled Mac N Cheese Sandwich

Grilled Mac & Cheese Sandwich

4 slices Sourdough (or other dense bread)
1½ cups leftover Macaroni & Cheese
8 slices American or Cheddar Cheese
2 tbsp Butter

 Directions

1. In a small nonstick skillet place heat ¾ cup of mac & cheese over medium heat.
2. Once warm (about 3-4 minutes), shape mac & cheese into a pile about the size of the bread and top with 2 slices of cheese.
3. Turn off heat.
4. Butter 2 slices of bread.
5. Place bread butter side down in another skillet over medium heat.
6. Top one of the bread slices with 2 slices cheese.
7. Use spatula to lift corner and check done-ness.
8. When lightly browned turn off heat. Use spatula to transfer mac & cheese rectangle onto cheese covered bread in the skillet.
9. Cover with the other bread slice, toasted side up. Gently press together with spatula and transfer to a plate.
10. Serve immediately.