I love pierogies. I cheat like a mother …
1 covered casserole dish, like a French White
1 batch mashed potatoes, at least 3 pounds of potatoes worth
1 batch lasagne noodles, cooked most of the way
1 bag shredded cabbage for cole slaw, dump into the pot of boiling water and scoop out and drain then pat dry
couple pounds of onions, sauteed in butter til almost carmelized
lots of butter melted and mixed with dried garlic granules and fresh or dried parsley
bottom layer brush the casserole with a schmear of the butter, then lay on a single layer of noodles
next, a layer of potatoes, then a layer of cabbage, drizzle with some butter, layer of onion
next, layer of noodles, potatoes, cabbage, butter, onion
repeat til you get to the top layer of potatoes drizzle with the last of the butter. Cover and bake til all toasty and warm, maybe 15 to 20 minutes at 400 degrees F.
Tastes pretty much the same, dead easy [friends call it polish lasagne =)]
Unless you make all the assorted sauces for the lasagne, it is dead easy.
I like to make manti, any sort of little dumpling, actually though I can and have made the assorted different types of wrappers, I just buy wonton wrappers and go to town. They come in round or square, and assorted sizes. These are giant manti, cooked in shakshuka, instead of in broth. Makes for a good hearty winter breakfast. I cheat and make raw manti recipe meatballs and freeze them. All I need is a package of wonton skins and a smidge of time and I have ‘instant’ manti =)