Pierogies Poblanos by Chef Jose Garces

Pierogies Poblanos by Chef Jose Garces
  • Total Time (min) 45
  • Prep Time (min) 30
  • Ingredients 18
  • Servings 4


  • 2 boxes (each 12.84-ounce) Mrs. T’s® Mini Four Cheese Medley Pierogies
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped leeks (white parts only)
  • 1 shallot, small diced
  • 3 teaspoons fresh chopped garlic (about 3 small cloves), divided
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 3 medium poblano chiles, roasted, peeled and seeded and cut into 1/4–inch strips* (see directions below)
  • 5 tablespoons cream cheese
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 2 red bell peppers, julienned (seeds and core removed)
  • 6 cremini mushrooms, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup fresh corn, cut from the cob (canned or defrosted frozen corn is fine)
  • 1/2 cup diced zucchini
  • 1/4 cup crumbled Cotija cheese
  • Chopped cilantro for garnish


  • In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine olive oil, leeks and shallots. Sweat leeks and shallots until they are tender, about 5 minutes. Add 1 teaspoon chopped garlic and cook for 2 minutes.
  • Add chicken stock and heavy cream. Bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer over low heat.
  • Reduce sauce by half, about 20 minutes. Remove from heat. Place sauce in a blender with the chilies, cream cheese and cilantro. Blend on high until smooth and bright green. Reserve.
  • In a sauté pan, melt butter and vegetable oil. Add pierogies and sear lightly, about 7 minutes on each side or until lightly browned.
  • In a small sauté pan over medium heat, combine bell peppers, mushrooms, remaining 2 teaspoons garlic, corn and zucchini. Cook until vegetables are tender, about 3 minutes. Season to taste with salt.
  • Add poblano cream sauce and sautéed pierogies to vegetables, combine thoroughly. Garnish with Cotija cheese and chopped cilantro.
  • *You can also simply julienne the poblano chiles and cook them with the other vegetables rather than pre-roasting them.
  • Roasted Poblanos
  • To roast fresh chilies one by one on a gas stove, turn on one of the burners to high. Using tongs, place chiles one at a time over the flame, turning it until the skin is charred on all sides, about 5 minutes per chile. Alternately, dry-roast chiles in a sauté pan over high heat, turning them with tongs until charred on all sides, about 8-10 minutes.
  • Transfer charred chiles to a bowl and cover with plastic wrap – this will allow the skins to steam off. Once the chiles have cooled, use a damp kitchen tower to wipe the charred skins away from the flesh. Discard skins and stems, and cut open the chiles, scraping the seeds out with a knife.