Crispy Ricotta Pierogi with Warm Apple-Cabbage Salad & Browned Butter

Crispy Ricotta Pierogi

with Warm Apple-Cabbage Salad & Browned Butter

30 MIN
2 Servings
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From the Test Kitchen

With this dish, we’re welcoming in the season by preparing one of our favorite comfort foods—pierogi. The national dish of Poland, these stuffed dumplings have been enjoyed since the 13th Century. To save time without sacrificing flavor, we’re using pre-made dumpling wrappers and crimping the dough around a delicious filling of ricotta cheese and classic spices. Smothered in nutty browned butter and served with a warm salad of sweet apple, aromatic fennel and hearty cabbage, these crispy pierogi make for the perfect early-autumn dinner.

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  • Nutrition
    PER SERVING
  • Calories
    700 Cals (est.)
fresh
ingredients
Crispy Ricotta Pierogi with Warm Apple-Cabbage Salad & Browned Butter
Title
  • 12 Dumpling Wrappers
  • 1 cup Part-Skim Ricotta Cheese
  • 1 Apple
  • 1 Baby Fennel Bulb
  • ¾ lb Cabbage
  • 2 Tbsps Butter
  • 2 Tbsps Champagne Vinegar
  • ⅓ cup Sour Cream
  • 2 tsps Pierogi Spice Blend (Poppy Seeds, White Granulated Sugar, Ground Nutmeg & Whole Dried Caraway Seeds)
time-saving
tips & techniques
Prepare the ingredients:
1 Prepare the ingredients:

Wash and dry the fresh produce. Remove the dumpling wrappers from their package and stack on a plate; cover with a damp paper towel. Pick off and reserve some of the fennel fronds (the green, thread-like tops of the plant); cut off and discard the fennel stems. Trim off and discard the root end of the fennel bulb; thinly slice. Core the cabbage and thinly slice. Core the apple and cut into matchsticks; place in a bowl and toss with the vinegar.

Form the pierogi:
2 Form the pierogi:

To make the filling, in a medium bowl, combine the cheese and half the spice blend; season with salt and pepper to taste. Fill a small bowl with lukewarm water. Lay the dumpling wrappers on a clean, dry work surface. Spoon about 1 tablespoon of the filling into the center of each dumpling wrapper. Using your fingers, lightly moisten the edges of the wrappers with water; carefully fold the wrappers in half over the filling. Using a fork, press down on the edges down to crimp and seal the pierogi. Transfer to a plate and cover with a damp paper towel.

Start the vegetables:
3 Start the vegetables:

In a large pan (nonstick, if you have one), heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the fennel and cabbage; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, 2 to 3 minutes, or until slightly softened and fragrant.

Finish the vegetables:
4 Finish the vegetables:

Add the apple, remaining spice blend and 2 tablespoons of water to the pan of vegetables; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, 2 to 3 minutes, or until the cabbage has wilted; season with salt and pepper to taste. Transfer to a large bowl and set aside in a warm place. Wipe out the pan.

Cook the pierogi & brown the butter:
5 Cook the pierogi & brown the butter:

In the pan used to cook the vegetables, heat a thin layer of oil on medium-high until hot. Add the pierogi in a single, even layer. Cook 1 to 3 minutes on the first side, or until lightly browned. Flip and add the butter. Cook, occasionally spooning the butter over the pierogi, 1 to 3 minutes, or until the pierogi are golden brown and crispy and the butter is dark brown and fragrant. Remove from heat, reserving the browned butter in the pan.

Plate your dish:
6 Plate your dish:

Divide the pierogi between 2 plates. Top with the finished vegetables and a few spoonfuls of the browned butter from the pan. Garnish with the fennel fronds. Season the sour cream with salt and pepper to taste and serve on the side for dipping. Enjoy!

Tips from Home Chefs

1 Prepare the ingredients:

Wash and dry the fresh produce. Remove the dumpling wrappers from their package and stack on a plate; cover with a damp paper towel. Pick off and reserve some of the fennel fronds (the green, thread-like tops of the plant); cut off and discard the fennel stems. Trim off and discard the root end of the fennel bulb; thinly slice. Core the cabbage and thinly slice. Core the apple and cut into matchsticks; place in a bowl and toss with the vinegar.

2 Form the pierogi:

To make the filling, in a medium bowl, combine the cheese and half the spice blend; season with salt and pepper to taste. Fill a small bowl with lukewarm water. Lay the dumpling wrappers on a clean, dry work surface. Spoon about 1 tablespoon of the filling into the center of each dumpling wrapper. Using your fingers, lightly moisten the edges of the wrappers with water; carefully fold the wrappers in half over the filling. Using a fork, press down on the edges down to crimp and seal the pierogi. Transfer to a plate and cover with a damp paper towel.

Form the pierogi:
Start the vegetables:
3 Start the vegetables:

In a large pan (nonstick, if you have one), heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the fennel and cabbage; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, 2 to 3 minutes, or until slightly softened and fragrant.

4 Finish the vegetables:

Add the apple, remaining spice blend and 2 tablespoons of water to the pan of vegetables; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, 2 to 3 minutes, or until the cabbage has wilted; season with salt and pepper to taste. Transfer to a large bowl and set aside in a warm place. Wipe out the pan.

Finish the vegetables:
Cook the pierogi & brown the butter:
5 Cook the pierogi & brown the butter:

In the pan used to cook the vegetables, heat a thin layer of oil on medium-high until hot. Add the pierogi in a single, even layer. Cook 1 to 3 minutes on the first side, or until lightly browned. Flip and add the butter. Cook, occasionally spooning the butter over the pierogi, 1 to 3 minutes, or until the pierogi are golden brown and crispy and the butter is dark brown and fragrant. Remove from heat, reserving the browned butter in the pan.

6 Plate your dish:

Divide the pierogi between 2 plates. Top with the finished vegetables and a few spoonfuls of the browned butter from the pan. Garnish with the fennel fronds. Season the sour cream with salt and pepper to taste and serve on the side for dipping. Enjoy!

Plate your dish:
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