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.
I am completely disappointed in this brand! I bought these pierogies from Aldi and made our dinner, to find that one box had 13 pierogies in it and the other box only had 5 pierogies in it! I cant say that I will ever buy this brand again knowing that I got ripped off!
Try returning it to Aldi for a refund. They’re usually really good about stuff like that.
Just return it to the store. They’ll replace it AND give you your money back!
I have bought these three weeks in a row. Never have I gotten a full box!
Can anyone tell me the approximate size of the pierogies in inches, L + W?
Eh, maybe two inches by three inches? I don’t have any on hand to be sure, though.
Very disappointed to find mono and diglycerides (aka trans fat) in the ingredient list. I plan to throw them in the trash.
I love Bremer cheddar cheese and spinach pierogie I bought them at Aldis I finished the box went back to the new Aldis at Alma School store in Chandler Az and was told maybe next year they will stock them again if I’d known that I would of bought more then 1 box. They are so good so disappointed like a little kid I don’t want to wait a year ugh
I love this brand of pierogie & wish it was available year round. It is the best I have had other than my grandmother’s homemade!
Looking forward to preparing these pierogi the first time for dinner tonight. Think I will boil, then brown in butter and serve with kielbasa, roasted brussel sprouts and applesauce. Condiments will include Deutsche Kuche German beer mustard from Aldi and sour cream.
The best! I bought one box of “loaded perogies” to die for. Wish I would have bought more. I just bought 6 roasted garlic that were just as good. Should sell year round!
I love Bremer perogies wish they sold them all year round