Pirogi Casserole

My roommate ended up with an abundance of potatoes so we decided to try out a potato based recipe last night.

Ingredients:-5 potatoes, peeled and cubed
-1/2 cup milk
-1/2 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

This recipe came from AllRecipes.com -- http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Pierogi-Casserole/Detail.aspx

Preheat oven to 350.

The diced potatoes need to be boiled until soft. These will be combined with the milk and butter, then mashed.

Meanwhile, cook the onions and garlic in a skillet until translucent.

And cook the lasagna noodles according to the package directions.

Although the original recipe did not call for these steps to be performed consecutively , it helped save time.

Once all of the above steps are complete assemble your casserole.

A layer of mashed potatoes and cheese on the bottom. Add a layer of noddles on top.

Repeat the layers above one more time, then add the onion/garlic mixture.

Add one more layer of noodles and top with cheese.

Bake uncovered for 30-45 minutes.

Top with sour cream, season with salt and pepper, then serve.

Personally, I don't think this recipe was as good as the last few I made, but it wasn't bad. We halved the recipe as usual (and left out the bacon, ew).

Also, everything in the dish was one color...it looked bland. This was partially because we could not find chives at any of the grocery stores near us, that would have at least added a little green. It tasted like a pirogi...but it was a lot of starch for one meal.

To each their own, however; my boyfriend liked the casserole so much he took all of the leftovers home.


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