Italian Baked Pierogies

These Italian Baked Pierogies are a cinch to make…and they’re one heck of a tasty appetizer to serve during football season!

These Italian Baked Pierogies are a cinch to make...and they're one heck of a tasty appetizer to serve during football season!Like most kids, Robbie loves technology.  More specifically, Robbie loves my phone.  But he doesn’t want to grab my phone and play games.  Instead, he grabs my phone and wants to watch videos of himself.  Laura and I often use our phones to record videos of Robbie doing all sorts of cute 3-year-old stuff…and some not so cute 3-year-old stuff, too. 

These Italian Baked Pierogies are a cinch to make...and they're one heck of a tasty appetizer to serve during football season!A few months ago, Laura took a video of Robbie throwing a temper-tantrum.  This was an all out, face-flat-on-the-ground, feet-kicking, screaming fest.  In fact, it was pretty similar to what I do whenever I realize all the pizza is gone.  It was all we could do to keep from giggling during this tantrum, though.  I mean, Robbie felt genuine angst about the fact that his favorite pajamas were dirty.  But Laura and I kept looking at each other trying to hold back the laughs.  We managed to resolve that tantrum, and Robbie realized that other pajamas are indeed fun, too.

Well, Robbie discovered that video on my phone recently…and he started crying.  I asked him what was wrong, and he said “Robbie was upset.”  I think his heart genuinely heart for his younger self.  I felt terrible!  I went through my photos and videos on the phone and made sure to remove that video.  And as I was going through my phone, I found a ton of photos of menus.  That’s my phone.  Videos of Robbie and photos of menus.

These Italian Baked Pierogies are a cinch to make...and they're one heck of a tasty appetizer to serve during football season!Whenever Laura and I are out to eat, I enjoy just looking at the menus for unique ideas.  If I come across something fun, I usually just snap a quick photo with my phone.  I’ve always loved recreating dishes back home, so those photos are my reminder of fun recipe ideas.  One of the ideas that jumped out this time was this one for Italian Baked Pierogies.  These Italian Baked Pierogies were an appetizer at an Italian restaurant where we grabbed dinner one night, and they sounded awesome!  Laura and I didn’t actually order this appetizer as I usually just opt for bread dipped in olive oil whenever we go out for Italian.  But I knew I needed to recreate this idea back home!

These Italian Baked Pierogies are a cinch to make...and they're one heck of a tasty appetizer to serve during football season!This recipe for Italian Baked Pierogies is actually really simple.  The process is very similar to frying, except these pierogies go into the oven to bake.  A quick dip in an egg wash and then another quick dip in Italian breadcrumbs (with Parmesan cheese!) is all it takes to make this delicious recipe.  And this one is pretty fun, too, so it’s sure to make an impression on friends and family when you serve up a tray of these Italian Baked Pierogies!

These Italian Baked Pierogies are a cinch to make...and they're one heck of a tasty appetizer to serve during football season!Pierogies are a classic Polish food, and you can find all sorts of recipes with various fillings and flavor combinations.  My blog buddy Jeff posted a recipe for making pierogies from scratch, and I still want to try that out sometime.  But for now, I just used frozen pierogies from the store.  Pierogies are definitely a comfort food, and they’re delicious in their own right.  But then you put an Italian spin on this classic Polish dish?  Uh, awesome!  Make sure to serve these Italian Baked Pierogies with some warm marinara sauce for dipping, too.  College football bowl games are here, and the NFL playoffs are right around the corner.  You better believe I’ll be watching as many games as possible…with a plate of these Italian Baked Pierogies by my side.  Cheers, friends!

These Italian Baked Pierogies are a cinch to make...and they're one heck of a tasty appetizer to serve during football season!

Italian Baked Pierogies

These Italian Baked Pierogies are a cinch to make…and they’re one heck of a tasty appetizer to serve during football season!
5 from 10 votes
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 276kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 12-oz. box frozen pierogies, thawed
  • 1 cup Italian breadcrumbs
  • tsp dried Italian seasonings
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 Tbsp Parmesan cheese grated
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • 2 large eggs
  • marinara sauce for dipping

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400°F.
  • Line a baking tray with parchment paper; spray parchment with nonstick baking spray. Set pan aside.
  • Using a large bowl, combine breadcrumbs, Italian seasonings, garlic powder, Parmesan cheese, salt and black pepper.
  • Using a shallow dish, add eggs and whisk together lightly.
  • Working with one pierogi at a time, dip both sides in the egg mixture and then dip both sides in the breadcrumb mixture. Place pierogi on prepared baking sheet. Repeat process using remaining pierogies.
  • Bake for 22-24 minutes, or until tops of pierogies are golden brown. (Tip: While pierogies are baking, warm marinara sauce in microwave or on stovetop.)
  • Serve pierogies hot with marinara sauce for dipping.

These Italian Baked Pierogies are a cinch to make...and they're one heck of a tasty appetizer to serve during football season!

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28 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    I take pics with my phone of recipes in magazines when I’m at the doctor’s office. I don’t want to just rip out the page so I snap a pic. I usually forget they are there…maybe it’s time to go back and check my phone. These baked peirogies are a great idea. They look like a perfect appetizer!

    1. Yes! I have totally taken pics of recipes in magazines at the doctor’s office and also when standing in line at the pharmacy. (I feel like our pharmacy line is always 20 minutes…at least!) Every once in a while I look back at those pictures, and I think “man, I should make something like that.” But then I just forget again. Haha! Thanks so much, Kathy!!

  2. huh! I never knew you could buy these! They look good! I’m telling you, the hardest thing about being a parent is not laughing when your kid does something. Well, until they drive.

    1. Yes! You can totally buy pre-made perogies. We’ve eaten them a couple of times, but I’ve gotta say I prefer them this way with the crunchy topping. Yum! 🙂 Oh no…don’t even talk about kid’s driving. I can’t take that right now, Mimi!

  3. 5 stars
    My mother has the same video of my brother throwing a fit at 2. He’s kicking himself around in circles on the floor with a bright red face and it’s hysterical–only she took it with her giant camcorder (the kind you had to prop on your shoulder) and refuses to erase the tape :). It’s so sweet that Robbie was upset by his video though. What a darling little guy! And these pierogies? If I don’t get about a dozen really soon I think I’ll throw a very similar fit.

    1. Oh, I totally remember those over-the-shoulder video cameras! My Dad had one, and he’d record us coming down every Christmas morning to see if Santa had visited. I have vivid memories of that camera!

      Oh no, I can’t have you throwing a fit, Kelsie! One dozen Italian Baked Perogies coming your way stat! 🙂

  4. 5 stars
    What a clever idea, David! I imagine raviolis would work pretty well here, too – you know, Fried Ravioli, the St. Louis delicacy? I’ve never had pierogis, but this seems like a great way to try them! Thanks for the inspiration!

    1. Ohh…raviolis would work quite well I bet! I can’t say that I’m familiar with Fried Ravioli, but I think I need to familiarize myself with that one ASAP. 🙂 Pierogies are quite yummy, and the crunchy breadcrumb layer here makes them even better. Give ’em a shot sometime when you need a unique appetizer!

  5. 5 stars
    Photos of menus? Sneaky you! I do like to recreate a recipe from the restaurant once in a while (However, restaurants don’t surprise me too often. After all, how can you surprise a person who’s combined Italian pasta and lavender?) Once I took a couple of pictures from the culinary book, though. I know that wasn’t right thing to do, but I didn’t want to get a new book because of only 2 or 3 interesting ideas. And I still embarrassed about that fact even though I’ve never tried those recipes. I love how you combined two cuisines together, and this twist on pierogies sounds and looks delicious David!

    1. Hah! I get your point here, Ben. Once you’ve made a dish with pasta and lavender, there’s not much left to surprise you. 🙂 Nah, I wouldn’t feel bad about snapping a few photos from a culinary book. It happens. I wonder if you could make lavender-filled pierogies? You should work on that!

  6. Thank you so much for mentioning my pierogi post! I’m deeply honored. Now, about this Italian business … if I deviated that far from the traditional, my family would disown me. However modern Poles back in the old country will put just about anything in a pierogi, so you’re in good company. I’m all for it!

    1. Hey, thank you for posting the pierogies, my friend! I still want to go back and make that recipe sometime. You know, when we’re not in the middle of moving houses (just around the corner!) or chasing a naked 3-year old through the house (real-life version of Calvin & Hobbes). As far as these pierogies, I certainly wouldn’t want you to get disowned from the family. Guess you’ll just have to make these and hide in the basement while you eat ’em all, huh? Cheers, Jeff!

  7. 5 stars
    Ha! Yes I take photographs of menus too. And Lynne and I send each other video and pictures of our cat. I love the idea of these baked peirogies. I don’t think I’ve ever seen peirogies at our local Italian restaurants so I might have to give these a go to see what I’m missing!

    1. How funny that you and Lynne send videos and pictures of your cat back and forth. I get it though! Your phone is probably full of cat pictures and food pictures. 🙂 So pierogies are traditionally a Polish dish, but adding the Italian breadcrumbs turns these into an Italian(ish) appetizer. No matter the origin, they’re delicious! Thanks, Neil!

        1. That’s what we should do, Jeff! Get all of us on the same street and then assemble pierogies on the weekends. Maybe through a ravioli Sunday in there somewhere…you know, just for kicks. 🙂

  8. 5 stars
    Awwww – poor little fella!! So cute though!! Love trying to recreate recipes from restaurants or even put spins on them and these pierogies look SO good! I’m not gonna lie- I bet I could eat a lot of these. But, they’re baked so that’s a-ok, right 😉 I’ll pretend you nodded ‘yes’ 🙂 Cheers, my friend!

    1. Robbie sure is cute, but man he is also really trying at times! As far as eating a lot of these baked pierogies…let’s just say ‘been there, done that.’ Haha! These are a really fun appetizer! Hope you’re having a great week so far, Dawn!

  9. 5 stars
    I love it that Robbie enjoys watching videos of himself! You may have a little actor on your hands… 😉

    Your Italian Baked Pierogies look so delicious, David. I’m thinking New Year’s Eve party fare…love that they’re baked instead of fried!

    1. Hah! Actor? Maybe. Robbie does like watching himself in videos!

      And you make a great point about these baked pierogies being good for New Year’s Eve. I love it! I might have to make another batch for us this year. 🙂 Hope your week is going well so far, Marissa!

  10. 5 stars
    What do you get when a Pole marries an Italian, Italian Baked Pierogies! A brilliant appy idea and one I’ll put on my New Years Eve “to make” list. David, I’m sure glad to know that I’m not the only one to photograph menus. Was doing it even before the coming of the smartphone. I’ve even been known to pinch a menu or two.

    1. Haha! It’s not often that you see a recipe which blends Italian and Polish…but this one does it. 🙂 This would indeed make a great appetizer for New Year’s Eve. It’s super easy, and it’s really quite delicious, too! And as far as pinching those menus? We’ll keep that secret between us. Hah! Thanks, Ron!

  11. 5 stars
    I’m always taking photos of menus, too. Or parts of menus. I prefer those photos to those of food in restaurants. I’m always finding menus so inspiring. These look and sound delicious, and I love that they’re not fried, but baked. I’m in.

    1. I find menus so inspiring, too, Valentina! They’re perfect for when you want to break out of the routine. I don’t think I would have ever thought about pierogies as an appetizer idea…but now these are one of our favorites! 🙂 Thanks so much, my friend. I hope your week is going well!

  12. I have a lovely Polish friend who makes the most delicious Pierogies. I love the Italian twist on this classic Polish dish and I have to admit I never tried to make Pierogies myself but I think I might give this recipe a try. It looks too good! I am sure you are going to get many more fun & happy videos of Robbie during Christmas that he’ll enjoy watching later. I am wishing you and your family a wonderful Christmas and a great start to the New Year!

    1. So this recipe is super easy, but only because I used pre-made pierogies. I’m guessing homemade pierogies are a lot more difficult to make…but I’m also guessing that homemade pierogies are a lot more delicious, too! 🙂 You make a great point about videos of Robbie during the upcoming holidays. I’ll be sure to take a bunch! I hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas and happy New Year, too, Miriam. Cheers!

    1. Hey there, Alexandra! I see you’re digging back into the archives a bit. 🙂 Thank you for that! These pierogies are delicious, and they’re just downright silly when it comes to how easy they are! Actually, thanks for the reminder here…I should put these on the menu here again soon. Hope your week is going well, my friend!

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