Hallo there friends 🙂
Today’s post is a recipe for a change. Well, not even for a full meal, but for a pierogi (or perogi, or pirogi, if you prefer) topping.
I first tried this at the amazing Cafe Polonez on Roncesvalles in Toronto, but honestly wished I got a little more than the small cup, because it was so good! Now, I’m making perogies and want that flavour (or at least, how I remember it), so I’m experimenting and so far, without having made the actual perogies yet, it tastes really good.
Mix crushed pecans with equal amount of (real) bacon bits, and splash in a modest amount of real maple syrup. I thought about buying real bacon to cook, but honestly, this is quicker and drier (no grease left over), and easy to mix up. I used a package of Oscar Meyer real bacon bits, so they’re a little chewy, which is what I was hoping for. I’m sure it would work just as nicely with real bacon pieces, but make sure they’re small enough to spoon onto your perogies. If you find your mixture is sweet enough but needs more liquidity, you can add a dash of water (I did), or a dash of oil (I did that also). Or you can keep it as a dry topping to add to your sour cream….. if that’s your style 😉
I’ll let you know how the final product fairs. I’ve thrown the mix into the fridge to hopefully meld the flavours even more. Plus, I’d like to see if this is okay to prepare beforehand, so less to think about when making the actual perogies. Oh, and I totally plan on frying onions as well, and may or may not actually add them to this mix. Probably not, cuz then I’d have to cut them small and I like fried onions long and skinny 🙂 Anyway, I’ll update this when it’s been eaten!
*Update: I have since made at least 3 batches of this topping, it was THAT AMAZING. The first couple of times were using the crushed pecans I’d picked up in the bulk section (pecans are flippin’ EXPENSIVE!), but not being able to find anything less than like $10 without going back to the grocery store, I picked up some salted sunflower seeds from Shoppers Drug Mart for under $3. Honestly, it’s the crunch that matters. The taste is slightly different, but I wouldn’t say it’s worse, because it’s still flippin’ AWESOME. And incredibly quick. Real bacon bits and sunflower seeds (approx. same amount), mix with real maple syrup and a little water to loosen up the syrup, and suddenly pierogies are incredibly more delicious. I don’t think I’d eat them without this topping anymore. So as for the update: 5 FLIPPIN’ STARS. Wait, lemme find a picture for that. Screw it, I don’t want to give someone credit for a picture of stars. I can make one. Here: 5 flippin’ stars.