Pierogies With Pizzazz

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Pierogies With Pizzazz
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Although this hearty, warm-the-soul appetizer looks a bit labor-intensive, fear not: the pierogies (the half-moon-shaped dumplings that are a Polish specialty) can be found ready-made in the frozen-foods section of many supermarkets.

What you'll need

  • 2 (16.9-ounce) packages frozen potato and Cheddar cheese pierogies (there are 12 pierogies per package)
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary or thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 cup chive-flavored cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped sun-dried tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped green or black olives
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh basil
  • or parsley

How to make it

  1. Boil the pierogies according to the package directions. Drain thoroughly.

  2. Heat the oven to 425º. In a large bowl, combine the olive oil, rosemary (or thyme), salt, and pepper. Add the pierogies and toss to coat them thoroughly.

  3. Arrange the pierogies, in a single layer, on an ungreased baking sheet. Bake until just beginning to brown, about 15 minutes. Transfer baking sheet to a wire rack and let cool for 5 minutes.

  4. Spread the pierogies with a thin layer of softened cream cheese. Atop the cream cheese, sprinkle chopped tomatoes, chopped olives, and basil. Transfer the pierogies to a serving platter. Makes 24.

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