1 box Minis Classic Cheddar or your favorite variety of Mrs. T's® Mini Pierogies
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 pound ground beef or turkey
1 large garlic clove, crushed
1 medium onion, diced
1 (28 ounce) can crushed tomatoes
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 teaspoon salt
1 (15 ounce) container ricotta cheese
1 large egg
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
Heat 2 tablespoons of oil in a 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat. Add ground beef or turkey; cook until well browned on all sides. Remove meat to a medium bowl with a slotted spoon. Add onions and garlic to pan drippings and cook for 5 minutes or until tender. Add crushed tomatoes, basil, salt, and cooked ground meat. Heat to a boil over high heat and simmer for 3 to 5 minutes to blend flavors.
Spray a 5-quart slow cooker with nonstick cooking spray. In a separate bowl, combine ricotta cheese, egg, and ½ cup mozzarella cheese. Spoon ⅓ of tomato mixture into slow cooker and top with half of frozen pierogies. Spread one half of ricotta mixture over pierogies and repeat above steps with half of tomato mixture, remaining pierogies and remaining ricotta mixture. Top with remaining tomato mixture and remaining mozzarella cheese.
Cover slow cooker and cook on High for 2 to 2½ hours or on Low for 4 hours. Do not stir.
Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray a 3-quart casserole dish with nonstick cooking spray and prepare mixture as listed above. Bake for 45 minutes or until mixture is hot and bubbly.
Mini Classic Cheddar
You just can’t beat the classics! Sharp Cheddar cheese blended with smooth whipped potatoes, and just the right amount of spices and a pinch of salt, then fold them all in a smooth pasta pocket.
Try Mrs. T’s Mini Classic Cheddar Pierogies baked, boiled, sautéed, or grilled!