After a long day at work, the last thing I want to do is spend hours cooking dinner. In fact, I’m all about making a meal that takes less than 30 minutes when I’m home so there’s more time to relax at night! I get home before my hubby does so I almost always make dinner as he comes home 30 minutes after I do. Oftentimes, I pre-plan what we’ll have. Other times, I let whatever ingredients we have on hand inspire what I make. I really do love to improvise, though.
My original goal for this dish was to make nachos with Mrs. T’s Mini Pierogies instead of tortilla chips, inspired by this recipe here. I had most of the ingredients to accomplish this dish, but it came out more like a taco salad — with pierogies — than nachos. And you know what? I’m okay with that because it was delicious! More about that in a bit; here’s how it all came together.
First thing I did was prep the veggies. I kept it very simple. I diced up a tomato, a little purple onion, and a ripe avocado. I sliced a handful of black olives, too. I love black olives. But you can throw in black beans or another vegetable if you wish.
Then, I sautéed some ground beef in a little olive oil and sprinkled some taco seasoning on it. Again, very simple.
Mrs. Ts Mini Pierogies are so cute!
Finally, I prepared a box of Mrs. T’s Mini Four Cheese Pierogies. First, I boiled them for 3 minutes, then pan-fried them on medium for about 5 minutes. Just enough time for them to become a little crispy on the outside.
I arranged the pierogies on a plate and added the ground beef, finely grated cheddar cheese, diced tomatoes, onions, olives, and avocado on top. I also chopped up a generous handful of flat-leaf parsley and threw that on top. I was going to add a couple of dollops of sour cream but decided that the dish looked so fresh and delicious on its own so I omitted the sour cream. Salsa would have also worked, but I was happy with just the fresh tomatoes.
OK, I have to work on my food styling… it was DELICIOUS and that’s all that matters!
This turned out not only to be a quick and delicious meal but also very fresh and healthy too! Both hubby and I were quite pleased and satisfied with this weeknight meal that was a snap to make leaving us with plenty of after work downtime.
We are HUGE fans of Mrs. T’s Pierogies and have them quite often as weeknight meals. Usually, I sautée them in a little butter with onions and call it a day, but then there are other times I fancy it up. I’ve made pizza-style pierogies with pepperoni and mozzarella cheese as well as like a lasagna-style pierogies with ground beef, tomato sauce, and mozzarella cheese. There are so many yummy ways to use Mrs. T’s Pierogies! They truly are the perfect vessel for so many tasty dishes. Check out some great recipes here.
How do you jazz up Mrs. T’s Pierogies? Let me know in the comments below!
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