Lazy Pierogies!

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We were over for dinner at our good friend's place last night and she made meatloaf and LAZY PIEROGIES! Not only have I never heard of these, I clearly didn't even know how to spell pierogi!... When it was baking it looked like cheeseless lasagna but ended up being much tastier than that. I would serve with sour cream, bacon bits and chives on top to make them even more "piergie"-esque.. Here is a recipe I found that sounds pretty similar:
Ingredients
10 potatoes, peeled and cubed
1 cup milk
1 cup butter, melted
1/2 pound bacon, diced
1 onion, chopped
6 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 (16 ounce) package lasagna noodles
2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese
salt and pepper to taste
1 (8 ounce) container sour cream
3 tablespoons chopped fresh chives
Directions
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
Place the potatoes in a large pot with water to cover over high heat. Bring to a boil and cook until the potatoes are tender. Remove from heat, drain, then combine with the milk and 12 tablespoons of butter, mash and set aside.
2. Melt the remaining 2 tablespoons of the butter in a large skillet over medium high heat. Saute the bacon until the bacon is fully cooked. Crumble the bacon and fold into the mashed potatoes. Saute the onion and garlic in the butter for 5 to 10 minutes until the onions are clear and set aside.
3.Cook the lasagna noodles according to package directions and cool under running water.
4. Put a layer of noodles on the bottom of a 9x13 inch baking dish and 1/2 of the mashed potatoes. Top this with 1/3 of the cheese, followed by a layer of lasagna noodles. Repeat this with the remaining potatoes, another 1/3 of the cheese and a layer of noodles. Then arrange onion and garlic over the noodles, and finally top all with the remaining cheese. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
5. Bake, covered, at 350 degrees F for 30, then uncovered for 15 minutes or until the cheese is melted and bubbly. Serve with sour cream and chopped fresh chives.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
Place the potatoes in a large pot with water to cover over high heat. Bring to a boil and cook until the potatoes are tender. Remove from heat, drain, then combine with the milk and 12 tablespoons of butter, mash and set aside.

Melt the remaining 2 tablespoons of the butter in a large skillet over medium high heat. Saute the bacon until the bacon is fully cooked. Crumble the bacon and fold into the mashed potatoes. Saute the onion and garlic in the butter for 5 to 10 minutes until the onions are clear and set aside.

Cook the lasagna noodles according to package directions and cool under running water.

Put a layer of noodles on the bottom of a 9x13 inch baking dish and 1/2 of the mashed potatoes. Top this with 1/3 of the cheese, followed by a layer of lasagna noodles. Repeat this with the remaining potatoes, another 1/3 of the cheese and a layer of noodles. Then arrange onion and garlic over the noodles, and finally top all with the remaining cheese. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Bake, covered, at 350 degrees F for 30, then uncovered for 15 minutes or until the cheese is melted and bubbly. Serve with sour cream and chopped fresh chives.
Basically a pierogi casserole is lasagna noodles, mash potatoes and cheese that is layered. One thing I have to say is DO NOT use no boil noodles, this a HUGE mistake. They need lots of juice to cook and pierogi casserole is not the recipe for them. Important to have something on the top. Whether it is cheese, onions, even mash potatoes, do not leave just noodles on the top, because the noodles will dry out.

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