Pause Your Netflix to Make These 3 Easy Recipes Using Frozen Pierogies

published Feb 18, 2019
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Queso Dip with Broccoli & Aged Cheddar Pierogies
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You know you’re on a serious Netflix binge when you get that judge-y “Are You Still Watching?” message and yell back to your screen, “It’s the middle of winter, my dog is asleep on my legs, and I want to understand those Russian Doll memes, so of course I’m still watching, Netflix!”

We know you have four episodes left, but you can press pause long enough to eat and feed your friends. Mrs. T’s® Pierogies have been around since 1952, and they’re the perfect thing to eat over this weekend’s stream-fest. If you’ve never had a pierogy (yes, Mrs. T’s spells it with a y), they’re stuffed with the stuff you love — creamy mashed potatoes, cheesy goodness, and other big, bold flavors. They’re easy to prepare and delicious no matter how you prepare them — whether baked, boiled, sautéd, or grilled — and they’re available in full and mini sizes right in your frozen foods aisle.

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Mrs. T’s makes 14 flavors of pierogies, but since you’re reading this on your phone during the closing credits, we’ll stick to highlighting three of them for now. These recipes build on the already savory flavor of Mrs. T’s Pierogies, they’re ready to share, and yes, Netflix, we’re still watching!

Queso Dip with Broccoli & Aged Cheddar Pierogies

You could mindlessly polish off a bag of tortilla chips, or you could lightly coat Mrs. T’s Broccoli & Aged Cheddar Pierogies with those same chips, bake them until they’re golden brown and serve them with a tangy queso dip. That’s not even a choice, is it?

Queso Dip with Broccoli & Aged Cheddar Pierogies

Prep time 3 minutes

Cook time 25 minutes to 27 minutes

Serves 10 to 12

Ingredients

  • ½ cup

    all-purpose flour

  • ½ teaspoon

    chili powder

  • 1

    large egg white

  • 6 ounces

    tortilla chips

  • 2

    (16-ounce) packages Mrs. T’s Broccoli & Aged Cheddar Pierogies, thawed in hot water

  • Cooking spray

  • 1 pound

    white American cheese, shredded

  • 1

    (4-ounce) can diced green chiles

  • 3/4 cup

    whole milk

  • Pico de gallo and chopped fresh cilantro, for serving

Instructions

  1. Arrange a rack in the middle of the oven and heat to 400oF. Fit a wire cooling rack into a rimmed baking sheet.

  2. Prepare the ingredients for breading the pierogies in three separate shallow dishes. Combine the flour and chili powder in the first bowl. Whisk the egg white and 1 tablespoon of water in the second bowl. Pulse the tortilla chips 10 to 12 times in a food processor fitted with the blade attachment until finely ground. You should have about 2 cups of tortilla crumbs. Transfer to the third bowl.

  3. Working with 1 pierogy at a time, coat both sides into the flour then shake off any excess. Dip into the egg white mixture. Then cover the pierogies in the ground tortilla chips, pressing to make sure the pierogy is well-coated. Arrange in a single layer on the wire rack and repeat with the remaining pierogies.

  4. Bake until golden-brown and crisp, flipping halfway through, 18 min.

  5. Meanwhile, place the cheese, chiles, and milk in a saucepan over low heat. Cook, stirring often, until the dip is smooth and warmed through, 5 to 7 minutes.

  6. Transfer the dip to a serving bowl and top with pico de gallo. Sprinkle cilantro over the pierogies and serve with the queso dip.

Goat Cheese & Prosciutto–Wrapped Pierogies

It’s a proven fact that all foods taste incredible when they’re served on a toothpick, and Mrs. T’s Four Cheese Mini Pierogies (yep, mini!) are no different. Add some prosciutto, goat cheese, pepper jelly — and those crucial toothpicks — and you’ll have appetizers that are designed for passing down the couch — assuming everyone is willing to share.

Goat Cheese and Prosciutto–Wrapped Pierogies

Prep time 10 minutes

Cook time 16 minutes to 18 minutes

Makes 28 pieces

Serves 9 to 14

Ingredients

  • 2 teaspoons

    olive oil

  • 1

    (12.84-ounce) package Mrs. T’s Four Cheese Mini Pierogies (do not thaw)

  • 4 ounces

    fresh goat cheese, divided

  • Hot Pepper Jelly, ¼ teaspoon per pierogy

  • 14 slices

    prosciutto, halved lengthwise

  • Toothpicks, for serving (optional)

Instructions

  1. Arrange a rack in the middle of the oven and heat to 400oF. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.

  2. Place the Mrs. T’s Four Cheese Mini Pierogies on the baking sheet, drizzle with the oil, and toss until well coated. Spread into an even layer. Bake until golden-brown, flipping halfway through, 16 to 18 minutes total.

  3. Scoop 1/2 teaspoon goat cheese onto a pierogy, top with ¼ teaspoon hot pepper jelly, then wrap with a slice of prosciutto. Secure with a toothpick, if desired. Repeat with remaining pierogies, goat cheese, hot pepper jelly, and prosciutto.

Spicy Firecracker Pierogies

This one takes Mrs. T’s Classic Cheddar Pierogies to the next level with a spicy glaze that slaps harder than the soundtrack for The Umbrella Academy. One 16-ounce package of Mrs. T’s Pierogies makes three entree-sized servings — and they can be on the table (or on a plate in your lap) in about 25 minutes.

Spicy Firecracker Pierogies

Prep time 5 minutes

Cook time 22 minutes

Serves 3 to 6

Ingredients

  • ¾ cup

    packed light brown sugar

  • ¼ cup

    hot sauce

  • 1 tablespoon

    apple cider vinegar

  • 2

    cloves garlic, minced

  • ¼ teaspoon

    kosher salt

  • ¼ teaspoon

    freshly ground black pepper

  • 2 tablespoons

    unsalted butter

  • 1

    (16-ounce) package Mrs. T’s Classic Cheddar Pierogies (do not thaw)

  • Sliced scallions, for serving

Instructions

  1. Place the sugar, hot sauce, vinegar, garlic, salt, and pepper in a saucepan and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce the heat to low and simmer until reduced slightly and thickened, about 10 minutes, stirring frequently. Remove from the heat and set aside.

  2. Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add Mrs. T’s Classic Cheddar Pierogies and cook until browned, flipping occasionally, 8 min. on each side (16 minutes total), stirring frequently. Remove from the heat, pour the sauce over the pierogies, and toss until coated and glazed in the sauce. Stirring frequently.

Find out where to buy Mrs. T’s Pierogies and stock up for this weekend’s binge! And from now until March 8, enter to win a 1-year premium Netflix subscription and a 1-year supply of Mrs. T’s Pierogies.