A few times a year, Aldi sells pierogi, a popular Central European food. These often show up during Lent, when many people are looking for meatless meal options.
Technically, the Polish word pierogi is plural, but Wikipedia states that most English-speakers add an “s” anyway, and Aldi sells them as pierogies. Regardless of how you pronounce or spell them, pierogi are well liked in my household.
Aldi’s Special Buy (ALDI Find) Bremer Pierogies come in a few flavors. My family prefers the Potato and Cheddar variety, but this year Aldi has introduced new flavors: Spinach and White Cheddar, and Roasted Garlic. They’re sold frozen, and each box contains about three servings (with four pierogis being one serving).
Pierogi consist of pasta or something like a dumpling filled with potatoes, cheese, meat, or any number of fillings. If you make them homemade, your filling options are limited only by your imagination.
I don’t make pierogi homemade, though, instead opting to buy them whenever Aldi sells them. They make a good, simple dinner sauteed in butter and served alongside a salad. My kids also like them sauteed and tucked into a thermos in their lunch bags for hot school lunches.
Aldi’s Bremer Pierogies come with several preparation options: boiling, sauteing, baking, deep frying, or cooking in the microwave.
To boil, bring 2 quarts of water to a boil. Add the frozen pierogi and cook on medium-high heat for 5-6 minutes. Drain and serve.
To saute (my preferred method), place frozen pierogi on a heated skillet with butter or oil. Saute over medium heat, turning occasionally until golden brown on both sides, for approximately 8 minutes. I have the best success if I make sure the skillet is very hot before adding pierogi; otherwise the outsides get overcooked while the insides are still cold. Sometimes I have to let the pierogi saute for another minute or two to ensure they are thoroughly heated.
To bake, preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place frozen pierogi on a rimmed baking sheet coated with nonstick spray. Spray both sides of the pierogi. Bake 18-20 minutes until pierogi are nicely browned, turning halfway through baking time.
To deep fry, preheat oil to 350 degrees. Place frozen pierogi in oil for 4 minutes until they are golden brown and float.
The fastest method is microwaving. To microwave, place pierogi in a microwave-safe bowl. Cover pierogi completely with water and loosely cover the bowl with plastic wrap. Microwave on high approximately 5 minutes. Drain and serve.
The box also gives a recipe:
“Quick & Easy Casserole”
12 Bremer Potato & Cheddar Pierogies
1 jar (26 oz.) alfredo sauce
8 oz. precooked ham cubes
12 oz. precooked broccoli florets
8 oz. cherry tomatoes
1 1/2 cup bread crumbs
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine frozen pierogies in a 9×13 pan with precooked ham cubes and precooked broccoli florets, and stir in alfredo sauce. Add cherry tomatoes. Top with bread crumbs. Bake for 30-40 minutes until bubbling and hot.
Aldi’s Bremer Pierogies are a Special Buy (ALDI Find) that appear a few times a year. They’re a nice Polish-themed treat for lunch, dinner, or even tucked into a thermos for a school lunch. Recommended.