13 Aug Pulled Pork Perogie Lasagna
Recipe for 8×8 square baking dish – Serves 6-9 people
- 1.5 bags pulled pork perogies, boiled and cooled (approximately 24 perogies
- 1/2 cup BBQ sauce (approximate/ to taste)
- 5-6 slices of thick-cut bacon, cooked and roughly chopped
- 3 cups mozzarella, grated
- 500g ricotta cheese
- 4 handfuls of fresh spinach or spring greens
- 1 red or yellow pepper, chopped
- 2 cups mushrooms, sliced
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- Green onion and/or cilantro garnish
- 4 cups whole milk (do not use skim)-room temperature (pull out half-hour prior to cooking)
- 5 tablespoons flour
- 6 tablespoons butter, melted
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon Char Blue Premium spice rub or chipotle powder
- 3 cups purple cabbage, shredded
- 1 Green apple, julienned
- 1/2 fennel bulb, julienned or shredded
- 1/2 cup cilantro, chopped
- 2 green onions, chopped
- 1 medium jalapeno, thinly sliced in rounds
- 1/4 cup toasted sunflower seeds
- 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
- 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 3-4 tablespoons fresh lime juice
- 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon red pepper
Boil perogies until they float. Drain and set aside to let cool. Toss with a splash of olive oil or lay on a baking tray to keep from sticking together*
Meanwhile, heat a large pan on medium-high heat. Add olive oil. Add garlic, mushrooms, pepper and a pinch of salt. Sautee until they start to get shiny. Add spinach and 1/4c water and sautee until wilted. Remove from heat and set aside to cool. Once cool, drain any excess moisture While this is cooling, make bechamel sauce and slaw.
Gently flatten perogies by pressing down with your fingertips. Some of the fillings will leak out, this is okay Flatten until 1/4 inch thick.
In the bottom of a square glass baking dish, ladle a thin layer of bechamel sauce. Add a layer of perogies, then brush generously with barbecue sauce. Spread half of the ricotta evenly over this layer. Sprinkle half the veggies and chopped bacon. Generously sprinkle mozzarella (it helps hold it all together!). Add a thick layer of bechamel sauce and spread evenly with the back of a spoon/ladle. Repeat with the second layer, then top with more mozzarella and chopped bacon. Garnish with green onion and/or cilantro and slices of perogies. Cover with foil, place on a baking tray (to prevent spillover), and bake at 350 for 20min. Remove foil and bake an additional 10 minutes. For a crispy top, instead, broil for 2-5 minutes or until golden brown and bubbling.
Remove from oven and allow to stand for 10-15 minutes (this allows the lasagna to set up so that it does not run). Slice and serve with a side of Texas slaw. Garnish with more green onions.
In a medium saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. While whisking, stir in flour one tablespoon at a time, to make a thick paste. Continue to constantly whisk for 1 minute until bubbly and slightly browned. Slowly whisk in ROOM TEMPERATURE milk (if milk is cold it will seize the butter/flour mixture and make it lumpy), one cup at a time, and whisk until smooth. Bring the mixture to a boil, allowing it to thicken until it is the consistency of regular yogurt. Mixture WILL thicken to Greek yogurt consistency as it cools. Remove from heat and set aside. The sauce should pour but be thick enough so that it sits on top of each layer of lasagna.
Cut vegetables as indicated and gently toss together. Add dressing and allow to sit for 10 minutes prior to serving.
Whisk together ingredients until incorporated.