REVIEW: Mrs. T’s Potato & Cheddar Pierogies

I guess this solves the mystery of what happened to Clubber Lang after Rocky III − he retired and decided to use the money he won prizefighting to start a pierogi company for his wife. But this opens another line of questioning: Why was he always so damn pissed off? These things are delicious and easy to make; a great quick lunch just as advertised on the back of the box.

Oh well, Mr. T’s misfortune is our gain. I’ve never had pierogies before and can’t imagine that these things are anything close to authentic, but I love the idea of eating two starches at once. The ability to chew mashed potatoes sounds like something out of my dreams. Pierogies feel like something that Willy Wonka would invent if he wasn’t so obsessed with killing kids addicted to sweets. And as it turns out, cheesy mashed potatoes wrapped like ravioli in a sturdy pasta shell is just as tasty as I would have imagined.

As with almost any frozen food, I decided to cook it “ghetto style.” They say to sauté it for eight minutes, but who’s got that kind of time to spare? I microwaved them for a minute and then threw them in a pan with some margarine, oil, and onions until slightly browned. Gently lay them on a bed of lettuce with a dollop of sour cream and you have yourself a plate of food that you’d slap your mama for, all for about a buck and in under four minutes. Take that, Sandra Lee!

After a micro-sauté, the skin is nice and chewy with some bits of the shell becoming crispy. The contrast in textures is almost crack-like in addictiveness and you’ll probably eat more than the recommended serving size. Have I mentioned that these are like chewing on cheesy mashed potatoes dipped in sour cream? But don’t feel bad − the box says that it’s low on fat! Though I’m left to wonder if they take the copious amount of margarine, olive oil, and sour cream into account…

(Nutritional Facts – 3 pierogies -170 calories, 2.5 grams of fat, 1 gram of saturated fat, 5 mg of cholesterol, 510mg sodium, 32 grams of carbs, 1 gram of dietary fiber, 1 gram of sugar, 6 grams of protein, 2% Vitamin A, 10% Vitamin C, 4% Calcium, and 8% Iron)

Item: Mrs. T’s Potato & Cheddar Pierogies
Price: $2.19
Size: 16 ounces
Purchased at: Stater Bros.
Rating: 9 out of 10
Pros: Chewing on mashed potatoes. Ability to dip said mashed potatoes into various creams and sauces. Skin is chewy and crispy. You can make a quick and cheap meal from these things.
Cons: Mashed potatoes and cheese are obviously of the flake and powder variety, respectively. Eastern Europeans would probably shun these. You’ll almost certainly eat too many. Mr. T’s anger issues in Rocky III.

28 thoughts to “REVIEW: Mrs. T’s Potato & Cheddar Pierogies”

  1. The Gateway Grizzlies minor league baseball team (outside St. Louis) serves these at their ballpark. A dish of these and a cold beer- yum!

  2. If you can find a nice polish woman to make these homemade well thats the best but mrs ts will do in a pinch
    grill with butter and onions and caraway seed

  3. Potato and cheese together? Sign me up!

    Plus, it sounds fancy. “No, I’m having pierogies for dinner,” instead of “beef Ramen with cut up hot dogs.”

  4. I usually boil these as to save from oil, etc.. I eat them with butter, salt, and pepper. You need to try the cheese, potato, and broccoli- they’re amazing!

  5. Not as good as real pierogi but it will suffice. Best way (my opinion) is to boil them and then pan fry them in some butter and oil. Way my mom always did it and her mom as well.

  6. The last way that is mentioned is how I make them too! I actually had these just the other night and make them often. They really are low in fat!
    The ones with broccoli are really good too!

  7. mmm I love these, but the potato and onion ones, dipped in sour cream, delicious.

    real pierogies with farmers cheese, well, that’s just kind of gross.

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