On my list of “If you could only have 5 foods for the rest of your life what would they be”, pierogies and pizza are 1 and 5 respectively.
Believe it or not, until now, I have never had the two of them combined. I’d heard tales of pierogi pizza and it always sounded so amazing so I decided to finally give it a go.
Best. Decision. Ever.
Hawaiian pizza (recipe coming soon) is still my number 1 but Pierogi pizza has come in strong at number 2. So much cheesy, bacony, pierogi goodness!
3/4 cup hot tap water
1 1/2 tsp yeast
2 tsp sugar
1 Tbsp oil
1/2 tsp salt
2 – 3 cups flour
2 cups mashed potatoes (leftovers work fine)
1 large onion, diced
1 lb bacon, chopped
1 cup mushrooms, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
3 cups aged (or extra aged) cheddar, shredded & divided
Prepare crust – In a bowl, whisk together hot water, yeast, and sugar and let sit to bloom for 5 minutes.
Stir in oil and salt and add in flour slowly until stiff dough forms. Knead for 2 minutes – dough should be smooth and not sticky. Set in an oiled bowl, cover with a tea towel, and let rise somewhere warm for an hour.
Dough should double in size.
After dough has risen, press out into a pizza pan.
Cover and let rest while you prepare your toppings.
Heat the mashed potatoes in the microwave and mix in 1 cup of the shredded cheddar. Set aside and let cheese melt into the potatoes. Stir once or twice to combine.
Fry the onion and bacon until bacon is cooked. Add in mushrooms and cook until mushrooms soften. Add in the garlic and fry for 1 – 2 more minutes. Remove from heat.
Preheat oven to 450.
Drop the potatoes by the spoonful over the crust. Press gently to spread evenly. Sprinkle with a pinch more cheese.
Spread the cooked bacon filling over the potatoes. Then sprinkle with the remainder of the cheese.
Place in 450 oven and bake until heated through, crust is browned around the edges, and cheese is melty and bubbly.
Let cool for about 5 minutes before slicing.
Top with a dollop of sour cream and a sprinkle of chives.
Now enjoy the best pierogi pizza ever.
FYI – If you find the addition of mushrooms odd, just leave them out. We always serve our pierogies with fried onions, mushrooms, and bacon but I know a lot of people only do onions and bacon.
Not sure why I waited so long to try pierogi pizza but I definitely won’t wait so long for the next one!