Culinary Challenge Honorable Mention: Most Creative


Cosmic Crisp® Pierogi with Bourbon Sugared Apple Slices

Recipe by Lois Spruytte, honorable mention for Most Creative under the At-Home Chef Category of the Culinary Challenge!

  1. In a large bowl whisk together the salt and flour.  Make a well in the center and crack the eggs into it.  Using 2 butter knives cut the eggs into the flour/salt until the dough is somewhat shaggy.
  2. Slowly stir in the water until all is combined.  Turn dough into a flour covered counter.  Knead they dough for about a minute until it is smooth.  Return to the bowl and cover with plastic wrap.  Let it rest while making the filling.
  3. Put a very large pot of water on the stove and bring to a boil.  Add 2 tablespoons of kosher salt to the water.    
  4. Mix the filling ingredients in a large bowl until combined.   
  5. Pierogi instructions: Break off a tennis ball size of dough  keep rest of dough covered.  Roll out on a well floured surface until it is somewhat thin.  Using a 3 or 4 inch round cutter cut as many rounds out of your dough. 
  6. Place a medium sized scoop of the filling in the middle of each round.  Lightly brush inside edges with water.  Fold dough over the filling and pinch to seal.  Crimp with a fork. 
  7. Place4-5 pierogi at a time into the boiling water and cook for 8 minutes.  Drain on a wire rack lined inside a sheet pan.    
  8. In a large nonstick pan melt 4 tablespoons of butter over medium heat.  Add in the onions and let sauté for a minute. 
  9. Add in 5-6 pierogi to cover the pan. Cook over medium heat until light brown on both sides.  3-5 minutes on each side.   
  10. On a medium nonstick pan over medium high heat melt your butter add in sugar and bourbon.  Let cook for a minute then toss in the apple wedges.  Continue to sauté the apples for 3-5 minutes or until tender crisp.   
  11. Plate the pierogi and garnish with the apples. 
  12. Enjoy!


Main Dish Ingredients
  • Pierogi Dough 
  • 2 cups all purpose flour 
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt 
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup water, room temperature
  • Apple and Pork filling 
  • 1 pound fresh ground pork 
  • 2 Cosmic Crisp® apples,  peeled and grated 
  • 3 tablespoons of fresh sage, minced 
  • 1 clove of garlic,  minced 
  • 1 egg 
  • 1/2 cup plain breadcrumbs
Garnishing Ingredients
  • 1 red onion, sliced
  • 1 stick unsalted butter/divided
  • 2 tablespoons Turbinado sugar
  • 1 tablespoon bourbon3-4 Cosmic Crisp Apples®, sliced in wedges with skins on