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Sizzle Into Summer

BBQ Family Meals

Summer is filled with wonderful activities that will have our kids running around all day long. Whether they are swimming, playing sports or just playing neighborhood games, a busy kid always makes for a hungry kid after a long day of playing. Pierogies are a perfect summertime meal and so easy you can kick back and relax to the quiet sizzle of Mrs. T’s on the grill for dinner.

Watch the sizzle with the sound up!

Summer days are long and hot, most of the time we’re exhausted by dinner and need easy dinner recipes for the family. Our Sweet and Sour Pierogy Kabobs has tons of flavor and the grilled pierogies create a tasty texture! Peppers and pineapple are great on kabobs because when they are cooked with such high heat the juices and flavor really enhance the whole dish. Layer all the ingredients on to a skewer and let the grill do the rest! The colorful peppers and pineapple make a beautiful pattern that’s Instagram ready.

Another fun summer dinner idea on the grill is this Buffalo Chicken Skillet. Using a skillet to cook on the grill is an easy way to get all those smoky elements we love from grilling with a lot less trouble. This dish calls for shredded rotisserie chicken and buffalo sauce sauteed with Mrs. T’s Pierogies. Rotisserie chicken is a convenient ingredient because it’s already cooked and you can always use leftovers for tons of other dishes. The main is so easy that the sauce is definitely worth the little extra prep. With just 10 ingredients and a blender you will have a refreshing and cooling sauce to go with your spicy main course.

BBQ Side Dishes

Every BBQ needs some delicious sides! A few sides are always a crowd pleaser like corn on the cob, salads, fruit bowls, and potatoes. Conveniently, Mrs. T’s has the potato covered because if you’re not feeling pierogies as your main, try some great sides! Taking corn on the cob street corn and making it into a flavorful pierogy dish with Grilled Spicy Pierogy Mexican Street Corn is a unique and tasty twist on a summer classic. Feeling more of a salad vibe? We’ve got that too! Try this  Avocado Ranch Mini Pierogy Salad for a refreshing and tasty side.

Grill Tips

To help with these recipes here are a few grilling tips:

  1. Grill marks doesn’t = cooked food. Check temperature.
    1. Beef, pork, lamb and veal (steaks, roasts and chops): 145° F with a three-minute rest time.
    2. Ground meats (beef, pork, lamb and veal): 160° F
    3. Poultry (whole or ground): 165° F
  2. Always start with clean hands!
  3. Separate any raw ingredients.
  4. Fruit and veggies may not need to be cooked to any certain temperature, but they do have an optimal temperature for flavor and texture. Cut all veggies into small pieces and cook on medium heat.

Nothing quite beats the sound of a grill getting started because that means the family is winding down for dinner. Check out our ASMR video of grilling some delicious kabobs to enjoy some summer sounds, anywhere.

Don’t forget! Tag us on socials if you try out these recipes, we love to see how they come out.

 

Cooks With Collars and Pierogis for Beginners

Pierogis bring back family memories for Msgr. Thomas Orsulak of Reading, Pennsylvania. “My Slovak grandmother used to make them from scratch,” he said. “It is like comfort food for us.”

For those following the Catholic food world, Cooks with Collars will sound familiar. A cooking competition launched in the Allentown, Pennsylvania, diocese in January, it featured more than two dozen priests in an online competition to raise funds for local parish communities. The event was a great success and brought in more than $220,000.

Among those participating was Msgr. Thomas Orsulak, pastor of St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church in Reading, Pennsylvania. (more…)

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Setting the Perfect Picnic with Mrs. T’s

Picnic Party Ideas 

Have you been stuck inside binge-watching Netflix for too long? It finally feels like the never-ending winter season has passed and Spring has Sprung! Now it’s time to get outside.

One of our favorite ways to enjoy an easy outdoor meal is to pack a picnic—but not just any old picnic. People are putting together beautiful table settings and décor for their outdoor gatherings and we have some tips to help you do the same.

The best way to plan the perfect picnic is to decide who you’re inviting. Knowing who you are entertaining will help with food choices, decorations, and type of tableware! So, let’s divide these picnic parties into three categories. Any element can be interchangeable to suit your picnic, but this gives us a starting point.

Kid Picnics

Let the kiddos get creative and decorate their own tablecloth! Lay down a tablecloth that can be drawn on and put little buckets of drawing tools around the table. This makes a great keepsake that can be used multiple times until it’s completely covered.

When setting the table be sure to use plastic or other kid friendly material that can be reused. The tableware will not break if dropped on the patio or hit by a rogue yard toy. Matte plastic tableware has modern, neutral colors for the table, which will look great against a colorful kid created tablecloth. Fun decorations can go a long way! Designed cups and balloons are enough to set your picnic apart from the rest, are simple, easy, and the kids will love them!

Our meal will have to compete with all the fun stuff on the table so a handheld option is a great way to keep those tiny hands busy during dinner. Skewers are great for small hands, and you can even cut the tip of the skewer to remove the pointed edge. The kids can enjoy a handheld, easy meal that makes mealtime more fun. Our Grilled Hawaiian Teriyaki Mini Pierogy Kabobs will be a BBQ favorite in an instant—for the adults too!

Family Picnics

Big rustic table settings are wonderful for a family gathering. The neutral colors are perfect for springtime and go well with a bright accent color. Burlap over a white tablecloth is a classy and effortless way to make any picnic a bit more elegant. A eucalyptus and lavender centerpiece will not only look good but will keep bugs away and the energy calm.

If your picnic is at home using your regular dinnerware is a smart choice. If you don’t feel like doing dishes or traveled for your picnic; try bamboo flatware! It’s eco-friendly and can be thrown out at the end of the day.

Picnic parties are a fun twist on the classic summer backyard grill get-together. Easy BBQ recipes like Mrs. T’s Grilled BBQ Chicken & Pierogy Packet dinner are a great option. Throw everything into individualized foil packets, grill it and serve!

Date Night Picnics

We often forget to take a little time for ourselves. A quick little picnic is quality time and romance all in one. Lay out a beautiful, checkered blanket with large outdoor pillows and you have a classic picnic for date night! If you have access to a wooden pallet this can make a great makeshift table while still letting you enjoy the traditional sit-down picnic. Otherwise, your blanket will work just fine — there are no rules for picnic dates!

A summer pierogy recipe will be perfect for a nice romantic evening. If you and your significant other want to head out to a park for the evening hit the grill first and pack Avocado Ranch Mini Pierogy Salad in a thermal food carrier!

Picnics are a wonderful way to spend springtime fun with the whole family. The only thing you really need for the perfect picnic is you and your loved ones. Enjoy these next few months before the weather is insanely hot!

Freezer Cleaning and Organizing

Mrs. T’s Tips and Tricks: Freezer Cleaning and Organizing

All that fresh produce and sauces we stuff into our freezers before Winter are coming up on their time to go. Spring-cleaning is approaching and while it isn’t the most exciting time of year, it’s a necessity in many households. Cleaning our freezers is one of the more tedious chores we need to check off our lists. Mrs. T’s has compiled tips and tricks to help this daunting task run a little smoother.

How long can food stay in the freezer?

Mrs. T’s Pierogies are good in the freezer for about eighteen months thanks to our Individual Quick-Freezing process. This can cause the pierogies to appear white. When looking at your purchased frozen goods always check the date and label or stack accordingly.

All those fresh veggies from your summer garden are approaching their expiration day. Fresh produce can stay in the freezer for about eight to ten months. Depending on when your harvest was, it may need to be eaten very quickly or get ready to toss it!

Soups and sauces we made in the fall and froze for later have got to go! Soup only lasts about three months in the freezer before accumulating freezer burn. It’s no surprise sauces have a similar freezer life which is four to six months.

Keep track of your freezer foods and stay organized with this simple Freezer Cleaning Checklist!

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How to clean out your freezer

Let’s get this thing going shall we!? Take everything out and throw away expired items. A helpful tip is to organize as you go, place similar expiration dates together, it will help later. Anything not being thrown away, place in the fridge.

Once everything is out of the freezer give it a dry wipe down to make sure there isn’t any food debris. Now it’s time to disinfect!

Disinfecting freezer

When disinfecting a freezer don’t forget the door! The drawers may be removable, in that case take those out and clean in between them! If they don’t remove no worries, just get in those crevasses the best you can. Spray and wipe it down with your favorite disinfecting method and you’re good to start organizing!

Freezer organizing hacks

Number One: label, label, LABEL! This is such a huge help when organizing a freezer, it’s absolutely worth the time. Remember when we told you to organize as you take items out? Now is when we are using that. All the items in containers should be clearly labeled with what is in it and the expiration. Any new items you are adding to the freezer should be labeled and put near food in their expiration range. You can order them in the freezer from closest expiration to farthest.

Download Mrs. T’s Labels

Number Two: Organize any meat you have on the bottom shelf. Place the sides that go with that meat on top. That way when you reach for your beef, your Mrs. T’s Classics are right there ready to go. When you pull out your chicken, your Cheddar Minis aren’t far behind. Grab your shrimp, and well, you get the point your sides will be right where you need them.

Number Three: Items in the back of the freezer are colder than the front! All foods freeze differently and have an ideal freezing temperature. Ice cream should be kept in the back of the freezer where it is colder while fruits and veggies go near the front.

Number Four: When you freeze liquids always leave extra room for expansion and never freeze in glass!

Finally… freeze in portions! This one is great. If you freeze your food in groupings that you can actually eat it’s less likely to go bad. It also comes in handy for when our kids are making their own meals. They can just grab it from the freezer and it’s ready to reheat and eat.

Freezer cleaning is not everyone’s favorite activity, but we hope that you can use some of these tips and tricks to help you in your spring-cleaning journey 😊.

Ready to get organizing? Don’t forget to download your lists and labels.

Need a little extra help? We’ve got you! Mrs. T’s is giving away a Cricut Joy + labeling making bundle! The perfect setup to get your house organized this spring.

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Celebrate Frozen Food Month

March is Frozen Food Month!

Keeping your freezer stocked means delicious, quality foods are ready-to-use, making meal prep fast and easy. All the picking, cleaning and chopping are already done, saving you time in the kitchen. So why not pair Mrs. T’s with a bag of frozen veggies for a quick skillet meal—helping you bring happy to the table any night of the week.

Here are a few other reasons why frozen foods are the smart choice for your family favorite meals. Don’t forget to scroll to enter two incredible Sweepstakes!

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Happy March Frozen Food Month!

Enter the $10,000 Sweepstakes from our friends at Easy Home Meals for a chance to win one of eighteen $500 supermarket gift cards or grand prize $1,000 supermarket gift card.

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Get easy meal recipes on Mrs. T’s Pierogies’ Recipes page, and also visit EasyHomeMeals.com and follow them on social media @easyhomemeals.

These awesome sweepstakes are offered solely by the National Frozen & Refrigerated Foods Association and Easy Home Meals, and not Mrs. T’s Pierogies.

 

30-Minute Comfort Food

These last few months of winter are often the coldest ones. Gathering around the dinner table to enjoy a delicious, warm and filling meal? That’s what gets us through the chilly days and snowy nights.

Animation of comfort food

We know your favorite comfort meals aren’t always convenient to make. The chopping, dicing, mincing, whisking, pouring, spreading… prep time can be very time-consuming—whew!

Plus, long preparation time results in lots of pots, pans, spoons, and spatulas for clean-up. After filling up on a bowl of awesomely delicious cheesy-potato goodness, we want to fire up some Netflix and cuddle up on the couch with family — not hover over the sink!

So, we put together these three quick and easy comfort food recipes that all have a prep time of just 5 minutes! And in 25 minutes or less, you’ll have dinner on the table for you and your loved ones.

kielbasa crumble pierogies in a pan

Kielbasa Crumble Pierogies

Kielbasa Crumble Pierogies is a quick meal prep option because all the ingredients are easy to put together and cook in just one pan (a treat for whoever is on clean up duty tonight). The only item you might need to pick up is Kielbasa—which is much easier to find than one would think! You can find this delicious Polish Sausage in your local grocery store, but if you feel like something a bit fresher, head to your local butcher. Both options are great and are all you really need to get going on this recipe.

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shepherd's pie-rogies skillet

Shepherd’s Pie-rogies Skillet 

A delicious twist on a mealtime classic—Shepherd’s pie is already one of our favorite comfort foods and this recipe makes it so simple to cook! Potato flavor, texture and creamy goodness—check!  The pierogies cut out the whole process of peeling cutting and mashing potatoes. YAY for time-savers! Who wants to spend all that time on potatoes when you can make a yummy meal quickly with frozen pierogies?

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pierogies alfredo in pans on a table

Pierogies Alfredo 

An alfredo recipe that you can prep in less than 5 minutes is a great addition to our list of easy weeknight dinners. It has such a simple and easy alfredo sauce. Anyone making alfredo has definitely had a battle with the sauce. It should be easy to make, yet so many things can go wrong! To make it with a roux, your timing needs to be exact. If you don’t cook it down long enough, you get a gritty, grainy texture. This recipe skims all that down into a few easy steps for a creamy, delicious meal.

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Save time in the kitchen

Quick meal prep options are a great way to save time in the kitchen, but they are not the only way. Spending a few hours at the beginning of the week to plan out meals can save lots of time in the long run. Make lists of the ingredients you need for each night, then store them together in the fridge, or cook and prep a few parts of the recipe ahead of time. Meal-prep and save time later. Whatever you do to tackle the weeknight dinner blues, make it your own!

Share with us which kitchen time-saver you like to use on our socials! @mrstspierogies

Veggie Pierogy Meal Prep Made Easy

After a very long twelve months, we finally made it! It’s time to start the new year with a fresh start, fresh habits, and fresh… veggies? Sure! No matter what a fresh start looks like for you (more activities with the kiddos, jamming to a new workout routine, or just taking some well-deserved “me time”) adding a few more veggie options to your rotation of weekly meals can be a great start.

One of our favorite vegetarian pierogy recipes from the Mrs. T’s cookbook is Fajita Pierogies. It is the perfect veggie meal that’s quick, easy to make, kid-friendly, and did we mention delicious? This recipe has a 10-minute prep time, and the sauce is made with a simple fajita packet you can find at your local grocery store. It’s the ideal weeknight dinner for a busy family! This simple dish is delicious, healthy, and best of all… it can be meal prepped and stored in the freezer!

What you need for this freezer meal prep:

  • One box of Classic Onion (or your favorite variety of Mrs. T’s® Pierogies)
  • One each of green, red, and yellow peppers (sliced)
  • One medium onion (sliced)

What you’ll need in your pantry for later:

  • 1 package (1.25 ounce) fajita seasoning mix
  • 1½ tablespoons vegetable oil, divided
  • 3 tablespoons water or more as needed
  • Salsa for garnish
  • Sour cream for garnish

What tools you’ll need:

  • Parchment paper
  • Baking sheet
  • Freezer-safe bags or containers (we use eco-friendly silicone bags)
  • Skillet

How to Prep Veggies for the Freezer:

First, you want to thoroughly wash the veggies. We like to use multi-colored peppers because they add beautiful colors our kids love, but any kind will do. Start by cutting the top of your peppers off and remove the seeds inside. Cut your peppers into long strips. We prefer to cut them pretty thin, but another fun option is to cut them into fun shapes, something that the kids always love! Whatever shape you’re feeling, it will freeze the same.

Optional Veggie Freezer Prep

No one likes when we go to use our frozen veggies and they’re a clumped-up mess in the freezer bag! Suddenly, we are a step behind because our veggies need to defrost to fit in the pan. No worries, Mrs. T’s has a solution! The trick is to first put the sliced peppers and onions on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Cover with another layer of parchment paper and freeze for about four hours minimum and twelve hours maximum. This first freeze helps them taste fresher and saves time on defrosting. Yep, as easy as that.

Prepping Our Freezer Containers

After your veggie freezer prep is complete, it’s time for meal prep! Place veggies into freezer-safe bags or containers for each meal. You can even use eco-friendly, reusable silicone freezer bags like our Zip Top bag — easy for you and better for our planet! Store the veggies in the freezer for up to six months. The pierogies are already conveniently stored in your freezer, ready to cook when you are!

Ready to cook this easy veggie and pierogy recipe?

First things first, grab your veggies and pierogies out of the freezer and let them stand for about ten minutes. While they sit, we are going to multitask (you know how to do that, right mom??) and get our skillet ready by heating one tablespoon of vegetable oil over medium-high heat. When ready, drop in your pierogies and sauté for 4 to 6 minutes per side.

Here is when you want to add the veggies and all of those beautiful spices. We use one package of fajita seasoning mix and sprinkle it across the pierogies and peppers while they sauté.

Add three tablespoons of water (or more if needed) and mix it all up. Let the pierogies and veggies soak up all that flavor by cooking for about 2 minutes longer (or until the pierogies are coated and heated through).

We like to serve our Fajita Pierogies with sour cream and salsa for dipping. Everyone loves dipping and dunking when it comes to mealtime – and it can make it especially fun for kids.

This meal is always a delicious choice and super easy to make. The fact that it can be prepped and saved is just a bonus!

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No time for meal prep but still want quick vegetables? Try this veggie stir-fry instead, it’s the perfect veggie recipe for kids!

Asian Pierogy Stir Fry

Asian Pierogy Stir Fry

All you need is a frozen bag of stir-fry veggies, your favorite Asian sauce, and one box of Broccoli and Aged Cheddar Pierogies. Boil your pierogies for four minutes, then put them in a pan with veggies and sauce. Sauté it all together and serve for a quick, easy weeknight meal the kids will love.

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Pierogy Snacks and a Holiday Movie

Pierogy Snacks and a Holiday Movie

The holidays are such a wonderful time of year filled with joy, laughter, and too often… stress. We look for those moments when we can enjoy time with the family and make memories. But, the idea of preparing for another meal (let alone a holiday meal!) and then having to clean up afterwards can sometimes rob us of the joy of the moment.

Don’t let the stress get to you over the holidays. Keep it quick, simple, and delicious with an easy pierogi snack recipe. Pick out a night for that holiday movie marathon and get ready to make some great memories and maybe even new holiday traditions.

To make things easy, here are a few Mrs. T’s Pierogies snack recipe favorites:

Air Fried Minis with Homemade Apple Pie Dip
Ever wonder why some people put a cheddar slice on an apple pie? It’s because sweet and savory go together like a warm fire and a chilly night. This quick classic is the perfect pair for a classic Christmas movie like It’s a Wonderful Life. This recipe brings the warm, gooey apple pie dip together with Mrs. T’s Mini Cheddar Pierogies.

Apple pie dip Pierogies

Cheesy Garlic Pull Apart Pierogies
There are a few things you season with your heart. How much chocolate to put in hot cocoa, the right number of marshmallows on sweet potatoes, and the amount of garlic you use in any dish. If the Grinch made this recipe, he’d add three times the garlic that we recommend for our Cheesy Garlic Pull Apart Pierogies. It’s a fragrant dish that takes ten minutes of prep time and makes for a great snack while watching How the Grinch Stole Christmas.

Cheesy garlic Pierogies

Buffalo Mini Pierogies
Want to bring a little heat into movie night after the kids are in bed? Watch some of our favorite Mom Boss rebels in A Bad Moms Christmas and try these spicy (or mild) Buffalo Mini Pierogies with a side of ranch or blue cheese dressing. At only two minutes of prep, they are a quick, easy and delicious snack.

Buffalo Mini-Pierogies

Jalapeño Popper Pierogies
If you love a fun and familiar classic like the Christmas Story you will love our twist on the familiar Jalapeno Popper snack. One last recipe to make your movie night right is our Jalapeño Popper Pierogies. This one takes a little longer with a prep time of fifteen minutes, but is definitely worth the extra effort. We use Mrs. T’s Loaded Baked Potato Pierogies for an added kick of flavor. Top those with a cream cheese mix and jalapeños, then you’re in for a treat to remember.

Jalapeno popper Pierogies

The holiday season is all about bringing joy into your home and smiles around the dinner table—or snack bowl! Kids will love these low-key nights snuggled up on the couch because everyone loves (and needs) a break from the chaos of the holidays.

We have all kinds of great recipes that can make this hectic time of year a little easier. These recipes are just the beginning. If you don’t see a flavor profile for your family, check out our Mrs. T’s Recipes for even more options. Be sure to share your holiday favorites with us on social!

So, get cozy on the couch with the family, grab some Mrs. T’s Pierogies and stream those holiday movies.

Kids in the Kitchen

Kids in the Kitchen

Fun fact: mealtime doesn’t have to be stressful! We know it can feel rushed after all of the hustle and bustle of your busy day. Life is crazy and rarely goes the way we want. That said, sometimes it’s important to take a step back and consider how the kitchen can still be the perfect place to create fun and engaging moments with your kids!

Now, let’s be clear—we know not every night is a “kids in the kitchen” kind of night. Sometimes you’re in a pinch, sometimes they’re in a mood, but for the special times when everything falls into place there are a variety of ways you can get the little ones involved. For starters, you can always let them help with the grocery planning and shopping. Kids love being a helper, especially when they’re learning from their parents. It gives them a purpose! After shopping or creating your ingredient and recipe lists, they can help prep and cook the meal. Whether it’s stirring a mix, finding ingredients, putting dishes in the sink, or setting the table, there’s plenty of ways to make them feel valued and part of the process. (Plus, a trip to the grocery store or being a busybody in the kitchen will help wear them out for nap or bedtime that you need oh-so-badly!)

Having kids in the kitchen can also be a great time to introduce something new to your meals. Once they’re working hard and seeing how the meal is made, they’ll be starving by dinner and ready to dig in! If your kids are even the slightest bit picky, helping in the kitchen may spark their curiosity to try new flavors.

At Mrs. T’s Pierogies, we love easy and delicious recipes that are “kids in the kitchen” approved.  Here are a few videos that show how kids can get cooking in the kitchen for your next meal with Mrs. T’s:

Beef Stroganoff:

Our first recipe is from Dzung Lewis! Her take on Beef Stroganoff features Mrs. T’s Mini Classic Cheddar Pierogies, but you can use whichever you like. Dzung made this fantastic recipe with her daughter. Click here to watch! Beef Stroganoff is a classic feel-good comfort food meal that will be a family favorite now that the weather is starting to cool down. [@honeysuckle on Instagram]

Bacon Cheeseburger Dip:

This delicious dip is perfect for special nights like dinner and a movie! Rachel Quenzer from The Everyday Mom Life perfected a Bacon Cheeseburger Dip recipe for you to use Mrs. T’s Pierogies as dippers! It’s to die for and only takes ten minutes to prep, and 35 minutes to make! Sometimes we just need a little starter before a big meal, or something savory for afterwards on the couch. Either way, your family will love these classic cheeseburger and bacon-infused flavors and Mrs. T’s Pierogies make for the perfect dipping partner. [@rachelquenzer on Instagram]

Mini Pierogy Ramen: 

We’re currently obsessed with this Mini Pierogy Ramen recipe that you can use to make a super quick and delicious dinner! It only takes two minutes of prep time, making it an easy introduction for letting kids help in the kitchen. Less stress for you, more fun for them! Brittney of Homegrown Traditions created it as a family-friendly dinner option for days when you don’t have the time or energy to spend over an hour in the kitchen. You know what makes the recipe extra convenient? You probably have most of the ingredients in your pantry already! [@homegrowntraditions on Instagram]

Unstuffed Pepper Pierogies:

Dinners don’t always need to look picture perfect. A little mess and imperfection can still make a tasty and fun meal. That’s the good stuff Jehava Brown of Onlygirl4boyz created with this super satisfying new deconstructed stuffed pepper recipe! The savory beef with the crisp sweetness of the pepper is a flavor match made in heaven. Prep time is only five minutes, making it an easy way to end a busy week and get the kids involved with the process. They can stir the sauce, add the pierogies, or sprinkle some cheese on at the end! [@onlygirl4boyz on Instagram]

These recipes are just a few of our favorite ways to introduce the kiddos to the kitchen. There are so many fun and kid-friendly recipes on Mrs. T’s site that can be great for teaching and spending quality time together. Letting kids help prepare meals is a wonderful experience all around for them. They’re more connected to the food they eat and you can build bonds with them, all while teaching small lessons along the way like patience and how it’s okay to make mistakes. Plus, having a little helper is an added bonus for you!

We’re all spending more time together these days so let’s make the most of it. Kids are getting in on the activities surrounding mealtime from picking out food at the grocery store (71%) to cleaning up (56%) to even helping prepare the meal itself (48%) *. Give them the freedom to create something and most importantly, have fun! Pick out a delicious meal and share with us what you and your mini chef decided to make — tag us on Instagram @mrstspierogies!

*Mintel, Feeding the Family – US, March 2020

It’s National Pierogy Day!

National Pierogy Day 2020

Let’s face it – if there was ever a food to put a smile on people’s faces it’s a pierogy! (Just turn it upside down… it looks just like a smile.)

The team at Mrs. T’s and our family of pierogy lovers know that this is worth celebrating!!!

So, on October 8, 2008, National Pierogy Day became an official holiday. It recognizes the day that Ted Twardzik Sr., founder of Mrs. T’s Pierogies, sold the very first pierogy to his local grocery store in Shenandoah, PA.

Mrs. T's original owner celebrating National Pierogy Day
Ted Sr., original owner and his wife, Jean, celebrating National Pierogy Day.

Ever since that first pierogy sale sixty-eight years ago, Mrs. T’s has become the largest producer of frozen pierogies, making more than 554,000,000 pierogies. That’s a lot of creamy potato pockets! Let’s take a look at what 554,000,000 would look like.

It’s enough pierogies to:

Cover 836 football fields, including the end zones!

Cross the United States more than eight times at its widest point (which totals 27,000 miles).

Circle the globe 1.1 times around the equator (29,159 miles).

Stretch for about 238,330 miles. That’s 11.6% of the journey to the moon!

Weigh the same as about 11,000 Volkswagen Beetles (38,545,255 lbs).

WOW!!! That is a LOT of pierogies!

Pierogies have been a beloved comfort food by so many for so long.  The origin and spelling of pierogies has been debated for decades.  Whether it’s pierogi, pirogy or pierohy, originated by the Polish, Ukranians, Slovaks or Russians, October 8th is a day to celebrate all the pierogies in all the places!!

Pierogy lovers can be found everywhere and each one celebrates this day differently.

Just like there are many spellings, there are more than enough ways to prepare, share and enjoy these pockets of deliciousness. Whether you love Bacon Wrapped Mini Pierogies, Southwestern Pierogy Skins, or Classic Pierogies with Butter and Onion — there’s no wrong way to eat pierogies. (So, tell us… what’s YOUR favorite way to eat Mrs. T’s Pierogies? Show us how you’re celebrating by sharing your favorite recipe on social and tagging us @mrstspierogies.)

Southwestern Pierogy Potato Skins

Win Free Pierogies!

Did we tell you this year marks the 12th anniversary of National Pierogy Day? We are SO excited here at Mrs. T’s we are giving you the chance to win FREE Pierogies!

From October 8 – 30 you can participate in a Vote to Win Giveaway. CLICK HERE to vote for your favorite Mrs. T’s recipe and earn a chance to win great prizes!

Happy National Pierogy Day from our team at Mrs. T’s Pierogies!

Bacon Wrapped Mini Pierogies

Get Grilling with Mrs. T’s Pierogies

Summer isn’t over yet… and warm nights are made for grilling!

Make the most out of the last days of summer and fire up the grill. That smokey, charred essence permeates the food, making meats sizzling good and vegetables sweeter from the touch of flames. Mmm… Food just tastes better!

We all love burgers, hot dogs and steaks on the grill—but pierogies? That’s a delicious new meal you’re going to have to try.

Trying something new on the grill is usually a little tricky, but lucky for you grilled pierogies can be super easy with these great grilling tips courtesy of grill expert Susie Bulloch of “Hey Grill Hey.”

Use Good Cooking Oil

Delicious, smokey, grilled pierogies are all about that nice crispy exterior with creamy potato and cheese on the inside. To achieve the perfectly cooked pierogy, we recommend using a high-quality cooking oil. Olive, avocado, and canola oil are all great options that can handle the heat of the grill. Lightly brush each pierogy or toss them in a bowl with a splash of cooking oil.

Try Two-Zone Cooking

Begin grilling on the low temperature side of the grill (also known as indirect cooking). Doing this will slowly raise the temperature of the frozen pierogies. Then move the pierogies to the hot side of the grill, also known as direct heat, to add a crisp texture.

Add Layers of Texture

Mrs. T’s Pierogies have a soft interior and crispy exterior when grilled to perfection. Pairing them with a juicy, chewy protein and flavorful sauce will enhance their textures. You can achieve this flavor profile with grilling recipes like Grilled Pierogies with Steak and Chimichurri.

Don’t Be Afraid of Color

Grilled to golden brown with those beautiful grill marks will make your grilled pierogies look and taste amazing. (Check out these Grilled Greek Lemon Chicken Pierogy Skewers!)

Adding new flavors to your repertoire of grilling choices will turn those classics into completely brand-new favorites! Hotdogs and burgers are meals our families already love, try adding pierogies as a crowd-pleasing side dish.

Spice up dinner with BBQ Grilled Pierogies. Drizzle a little barbeque sauce and seasoning on one of your favorite flavors. Sometimes instead of potatoes, we like to add Mrs. T’s Pierogies to our sausage and peppers. Put all three ingredients in a tin foil wrap and place it on the grill with your favorite seasoning and cooking oil. Let that cook alongside your main course. All the flavors smoke up in the foil and release a gorgeous smell when the foil is opened.

The possibilities are endless! While the weather is still warm and our grills are still hot, let’s make the most of this time together and create new memories around the picnic table. Try a variety of grilled pierogies recipes on our website today.

Mrs. T’s 14 flavor profiles make finding new favorites fun and easy. Surprise the family with exciting options on your next grilling day.

How to Prepare Pierogies

Cooking pierogies is quick, fun, and easy. Here at Mrs. T’s, we know you can cook them just about any way you prefer.  Just like anyone else, we have our go-to’s.

Whether you cook your pierogies by traditional boil and sauté, or an unconventional but equally delicious flame-cooked grill—you’ll bring smiles to the table with Mrs. T’s Pierogies.

These are our top four favorite and easiest ways to cook pierogies:

1. How to Sauté Pierogies

If you have the time, boil the frozen pierogies first, to get the pasta perfect for sautéing. However, it’s not a must—you can also cook frozen pierogies right in the skillet without boiling them—and they will turn out delicious.

But, if you’re a stickler for tradition, bring a pot of salted water to a boil, drop the pierogies in and wait for them to float. It takes around 3 minutes. Remove pierogies with a slotted spoon and set aside. Heat some oil in a pan and add your boiled pierogies. Sauté until golden brown on both sides.

You can add whatever you like to jazz things up a little. Traditional pierogies are simply sautéed in butter and onions. Or you could add veggies for a quick stir-fry. Whatever your preference, sautéed pierogies are a delicious meal the whole family will love.

2. How to Bake Pierogies

Baking pierogies is a quick and easy method for those times when it feels like there aren’t enough hours in the day. Just preheat your oven, spray both sides of the pierogy with oil, and drop on a baking sheet and bake in the oven for 20 minutes (flipping them at 10 minutes). Pierogies are already so easy to make that this method puts the easy in “easy weeknight meal.”

One baked dish all families love is pierogies and veggies on a sheet pan—talk about a family favorite.

3. How to Fry Pierogies

A tried and true method for cooking pierogies is frying. The texture is crunchy on the outside and creamy on the inside. And, they make great side dishes, appetizers, or perfect finger-food for snacking!

Pierogies are amazing when deep-fried!  If you have a deep fryer, it’s just a matter of minutes until these frozen pasta pockets turn into little bites of heaven! You can also go “old school” and fry them in a skillet on the stovetop with about an inch or so of hot oil.

Air-frying is a super popular method that will turn pierogies into crisp, airy and delicious pockets of happiness.

Two of our favorite fried recipes are Chicken-Fried Pierogies and Yuengling Battered Mini Pierogies. These recipes require a little more prep time, but they are so worth it! They’re guaranteed to fly off the plate.

4. How to Grill Pierogies  

Not everyone thinks of grilling pierogies, but if you enjoy flame-cooked deliciousness, you’re going to love this unique way of making pierogies.

Simply line your grill with foil, spray with nonstick oil, baste your pierogies with a little olive oil and you’re ready for grilled pierogies.

So, instead of the traditional burgers or hotdogs, try Mrs. T’s pierogy kabobs.

Pierogies are great all year round and anytime of the day. They can be used for appetizers, side dishes, snacks, or the main course! They are so easy to use and prep, they inspire us to try new things in the kitchen or on the grill.

Whether we have extra time to be creative or just need to get dinner on the table, Mrs. T’s Pierogies is always there to help us feed the family with something they all love!

What is your favorite prep method? Personally, we love them all! That’s what makes cooking with Mrs. T’s so much fun and the stuff of memories.

What’s a Pierogi—or Pierogy?

What’s a pierogy? Where did they come from? What are they made of? And what are they stuffed with, anyway? Why is it spelled so weird? There are so many questions and all valid for those who are not familiar with Mrs. T’s Pierogies.

History of Pierogies

Some would argue that a pierogy is a dumpling, or a potsticker, or an empanada and others say that it is closer to a ravioli. But the truth is pierogies are truly unique and worthy of their individuality.

Pierogies originated in eastern Europe. But you don’t need European roots to love them. Pierogies are pasta pockets, semicircle-shaped—like a smile stuffed with creamy whipped potatoes and delicious cheese. Pasta and potatoes, pretty much the perfect food combo (move over PB&J). They come in all kinds of varieties bursting with big, bold flavors perfect for family mealtime or anytime.

The History of Mrs. T’s

Mrs. T’s Pierogies is a story that started many years ago (1952 to be exact) in the Twardzik family kitchen, in the small town of Shenandoah, Pennsylvania. The founder of Mrs. T’s, Ted Twardzik, loved his mother’s pierogies and had fond memories of enjoying them growing up.  As an adult he recalled how people would stand in lines wrapped around local churches to purchase these delicious pockets of happiness.

Ted’s mom, Mary Twardzik, better known as Mrs. T, always enjoyed cooking for her family—and everyone loved her handmade pierogies. Ted was so inspired by how much everyone loved her delicious pierogies, he wanted to share the flavor and smiles his mom’s recipe brought to him, with others. And that’s how Mrs. T’s Pierogies got its start.

Pierogi or Pierogy?

Now, onto the toughest question of all…why do we spell it “pierogy”, when the rest of the world spells it “pierogi”? Looking back to the beginning, the word pierogi originated in Europe and it is the plural form of the word “pierog”.

“Pierogi” is the more common spelling. But at Mrs. T’s we spell it with a Y, as in Pierogy. We’re not trying to be different just for the sake of being different. But our pierogies are unique and different. You see, not only do we make pierogies the traditional way, but we also combine traditional with some non-traditional flavors such as jalapeño, special cheeses, broccoli and even bacon, to create a truly unique pierog-y experience.

In other words, we use the letter “Y” to say our pierogies are special. Because that’s the way we do everything here — a little different, a little more delicious, and a lot more fun! So, embrace the uniqueness and don’t get hung up on our special way of spelling it, let’s all just enjoy pierogies for the true comfort food they are. After all, pierogies just make you smile.

They’re delicious, easy to make and if they aren’t already, they’re sure to become a family favorite at your house.

Back-to-School with Mrs. T’s

Back-to-school season can be a stressful time for families—especially moms. Whether your kids are studying from home or heading back to school, your schedule is going to get a lot busier. And one of the biggest challenges is… trying to figure out what to make for dinner! Making delicious meals the whole family will love doesn’t have to take hours.

A great meal solution to consider adding to your freezer is Mrs. T’s Pierogies. Pierogies are delicious pasta pockets loaded with creamy mashed potatoes, cheesy goodness, and other big bold flavors. Pierogies can be quickly boiled, baked, grilled, or sautéed—making them an ideal easy weeknight meal.

Pierogies can be served simply with butter and onions—or you can bring your creativity in the kitchen and prepare them in whole new way – that’s what is so great about their versatility! Here are a few recipe ideas that might get your creative juices flowing:

Pierogy Taco Casserole

This is an easy casserole recipe that only takes about 10 minutes of prep time. This is a great recipe for those nights when you are feeling like getting creative, but don’t have a lot of time. And, you can definitely have a little fun with the kids helping you make this.

Pierogy Taco Casserole Recipe

Mini Pierogy Mac ‘n Cheese

Ready for a super delicious one skillet meal? This dish adds a little flare to a classic we all love… mac and cheese. That’s what makes this the perfect dinner for kids and one the entire family will love. We use Mrs. T’s Mini 4 Cheese Medley Pierogies. This recipe is also loaded with the healthy vegetables your kids need like, broccoli, peppers, squash and other ingredients to complement that cheesy gooey goodness. And can you believe it only takes 10 minutes to prepare?

Mini Pierogy Mac ‘n Cheese Recipe

Pierogy and Kielbasa Sheet Pan Dinner

Here’s another convenient 10-minute meal solution. Are you starting to see a pattern with these recipes? This dish is loaded with savory, zesty flavors your family will love. Garlic and parmesan go great with kielbasa and that’s why we recommend our Mrs. T’s Garlic & Parmesan pierogies for this recipe, or you can use one of our other many flavors.

Pierogy and Kielbasa Sheet Pan Dinner Recipe

As summer comes to an end and we prepare for the upcoming school year, there are many things on our to do lists. No need to stress over dinner with all the other things on your plate! Try these super easy weeknight meals and see how much more time you can enjoy with your family. When you make these delicious dinners take a picture and post it on Instagram with @MrsTsPierogies. We would love to see how they come out and hear about how your family loved it! 🙂

Charitable Contributions

Mrs. T’s is committed to supporting local, nonprofit organizations through monetary donations, no-cost and reduced-cost product contributions. In keeping with our corporate mission, we strive to make people smile by strengthening our bond with the community.

In 2018, we provided monetary and product donations to more than 170 organizations. Additionally, we served pierogies at 14 local community events and the proceeds were donated to the organizing charity. We are also a significant contributor of the Schuylkill County United Way. Last year, Mrs. T’s was #1 in the medium size company category (201-400 employees) for the amount raised from an employee and corporate giving program.

Go Joe

Mrs. T’s is proud to be an annual sponsor of Joe Snedeker’s Go Joe Charity Bike Ride. Joe is WNEP’s Morning Meteorologist and has been committed to helping raise funds for the St. Joseph’s Center for more than 20 years!

Pierogi the Penguin

Mrs. T’s Pierogies was inspired by one of the newest additions at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, Pierogi – the Blue Penguin chick.  Cincinnatians chose the name “Pierogi” and Mrs. T’s was excited to support locals’ passion for pierogies.  Mrs. T’s sponsored the A.D.O.P.T. an Animal program, which provides food, toys and enrichment items, and became the presenting sponsor of the Penguin Parades that took place when temperatures were 50 degrees Fahrenheit and lower.

RailRiders

Mrs. T’s is the Official Pierogy provider of the Scranton Wilkes-Barre RailRiders, the Triple-A affiliate of the New York Yankees, for the 2019 season.  Our pierogies will be served deep fried and sautéed at the concourse concessions stands, BBQ stand in Right Field and in the Club Level.  Sit back and enjoy the newest in-game entertainment, the “Mrs. T’s Pierogy Run,” where a lucky contestant will have to beat the clock and fill the fryer basket with as many large pierogy pillows as possible.  We will also be the lead sponsor of the “Field of Dreams Theme Night” on July 5th to celebrate the 30th anniversary of this iconic baseball movie.

Pirates

Some baseball teams have racing presidents, some have sausages, but the Pittsburgh Pirates have pierogies – and locals wouldn’t have it any other way.  Since 2000, Mrs. T’s has sponsored the “Great Pittsburgh Pierogy Race,” which has become an iconic part of in-game entertainment for all Pirates baseball games at PNC Park.  Following the end of the 5th inning, the Pirates Pierogies (Pizza Penny, Bacon Burt, Cheese Chester, Jalapeno Hannah, Oliver Onion, Potato Pete or Sauerkraut Saul) take the field to run the 280-yard race around the ballfield. This year, consumers will be able to enter to win the opportunity to get on the field and be the finish line judge.

Stuffed with the Stuff You Love

Campaign Announcement & Quotes

On January 14, 2019, Mrs. T’s® Pierogies, the largest producer of frozen pierogies in the country, debuted the “Stuffed with the Stuff You Love” integrated creative campaign. (more…)

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MRS. T’S® PIEROGIES CELEBRATES 10th ANNUAL NATIONAL PIEROGY DAY ON OCTOBER 8

Fans Across the Country Enjoy Pierogies on the Popular Food Holiday

Shenandoah, Pa., October 4, 2018 – This October 8, Mrs. T’s Pierogies – the largest producer of frozen pierogies in the country – is celebrating its 10th annual National Pierogy Day! That’s right; there’s an entire day each year devoted to honoring pierogies, delicious pasta shells filled with creamy whipped potatoes and other ingredients, like cheese and onions. (more…)

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MRS. T’S® PIEROGIES TEAMS UP WITH MAC MART TO CREATE “MACAROGIES & CHEESE” IN CELEBRATION OF TENTH ANNUAL NATIONAL PIEROGY DAY

Philly Mac’n Cheesery Swaps Macaroni for Mrs. T’s Pierogies in New Limited Time Offering

Philadelphia, Pa., October 1, 2018 – In celebration of the 10th annual National Pierogy Day on October 8, Mrs. T’s Pierogies, the largest producer of frozen pierogies in the country, is teaming up with fellow Pennsylvania-based brand Mac Mart, Philadelphia’s first mac and cheese specialty restaurant, to bring fans a limited-time dish that, you guessed it, swaps macaroni for pierogies. (more…)

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Mrs. T’s® Pierogies Reveals Updated Packaging

America’s Largest Producer of Frozen Pierogies Gets a More Contemporary Look

Shenandoah, Pa., September 5, 2018 – While keeping inspiration of the company’s rich heritage and goal to manufacture a quality product, Mrs. T’s Pierogies has re-designed its full line of packaging for an enhanced casual and contemporary look. The updated packaging is starting to hit shelves now with the top four SKUs – Classic Cheddar, Classic Onion, Loaded Baked Potato and Four Cheese Medley – and will be available once the current packaging cycles out. (more…)

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Primanti Bros. Restaurant and Bar Partners with Mrs. T’s Pierogies to Create ‘The Polish Hill’ Sandwich

Swaps Fries for Pierogies for First Time in History

(Pittsburgh – June 8, 2018) Primanti Bros. Restaurant and Bar is teaming up with Mrs. T’s Pierogies – the largest producer of frozen pierogies in the country – to create a limited-time sandwich inspired by the one-of-a-kind neighborhood, Polish Hill, that’s located just miles away from Primanti Bros.’ original location. (more…)

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MARK YOUR CALENDARS! NATIONAL PIEROGY DAY IS OCTOBER 8TH

Celebrate the Ninth Annual Food Holiday and Mrs. T’s® Pierogies’ 65th Anniversary

Shenandoah, Pa., October 5, 2017 – Fall is finally here, which means it’s almost time for National Pierogy Day! For the last nine years, Americans have joined together with friends on October 8th to enjoy Mrs. T’s Pierogies and celebrate the Eastern European delicacy, featuring whipped potatoes in a pasta shell. This October 8th is a milestone for Mrs. T’s Pierogies, the largest producer of frozen pierogies in the country, because the company is celebrating its 65th anniversary. (more…)

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Ted Twardzik, Sr., Founder of Mrs. T’s Pierogies, Passes Away at 89

Shenandoah, Pa., November 11, 2016 – Theodore F. “Ted” Twardzik, Sr., founder of Mrs. T’s® Pierogies, passed away on Thursday, November 10, 2016, with his loving family by his side. He was 89. (more…)

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