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postheadericon Colcannon

In ode to the Irish roots that run deep in the Coal Region, here is a very simple yet very tasty dish great for family suppers or a warm and filling meal on a cool day. Each family has a version they like best, here is a very quick and easy one – enjoy!

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  1. Place potatoes in a saucepan with enough water to cover. Bring to a boil, and cook until fork tender.
  2. Place bacon in a large, deep skillet. Cook over medium high heat until evenly brown. Drain, reserving drippings, crumble and set aside. In the reserved drippings, saute the cabbage and onion until soft and translucent. Putting a lid on the pan helps the vegetables cook faster.
  3. Drain the cooked potatoes, mash with cream or milk and season with salt and pepper. Fold in the bacon, cabbage, and onions, then transfer the mixture to a large serving bowl. Make a well in the center, and pour in the melted butter. Serve immediately.
Recipe Notes

Some people like to add garlic, sliced scallions...the choice is yours, this dish is very each to customize to your taste.

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postheadericon Pierogie Casserole

Pierogies made the traditional way are labor intensive, but oh-so-good.  Try this “lazy pierogy” casserole and get the taste of tradition without all the work.  Great for potlucks.

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Cook Time
45 minutes
Servings
12
Cook Time
45 minutes
pierogie-lasagna
Pierogie Casserole
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Servings
12
Cook Time
45 minutes
Servings
12
Cook Time
45 minutes
Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a 9- x 13-inch baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. Cook lasagna noodles according to package directions; drain and set aside.
  3. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, melt butter. Add salt to onions and saute 8 to 10 minutes, or until lightly browned; reserve 1/2 cup sauteed onions for topping. Add remaining onions, pepper, and cheese to mashed potatoes; mix well.
  4. Place 3 noodles on bottom of prepared baking dish. Spread 1/3 of potato mixture over noodles. Repeat layers until a total of 4 layers of noodles and 3 layers of potato mixture have been placed (end with a layer of noodles on top). Top with remaining sauteed onions.
  5. Cover with aluminum foil and bake 25 to 30 minutes, or until heated through.
Recipe Notes

Freezer-friendly version: Follow recipe above except for baking. Cover with a few layers of foil (to prevent freezer burn) and freeze. When ready to eat, place frozen entree in refrigerator to thaw for 24 hours in advance. Once thawed, cook at regular time and temperature

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postheadericon Halushki

Inexpensive and hearty! Great warmed up the next day.

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  1. Cook noodles as directed on package in salted, boiling water until tender but still firm. Drain.
  2. Melt 1/2 cup butter in a large skillet over medium heat; cook and stir onions until translucent, 5 to 10 minutes.
  3. Cut cored cabbage into 1 inch pieces. Add remaining butter and cabbage to onions, cook stirring occasionally until cabbage is softened.
  4. Season with salt and black pepper. Place cooked noodles and cabbage and stir gently to combine.
Recipe Notes

Instead of noodles, you can use 2 packages (1 lb) commercial prepared gnocchi.  (or go all "old-country" and make your own dough balls!)

If you like your cabbage softer, cook it to your desired consistence before mixing it with the noodles or gnocchi.

You can also fry three pieces of bacon cut into small strips, add the reserved bacon grease to your butter for frying the onions and the cabbage and return the reserved, browned bacon to the pot with all the ingredients before serving.

 

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