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(Family Features) If you’re hosting a backyard barbecue, game night or TV show marathon with friends this summer, it’s helpful to have a plan in mind before diving in.
Consider these tips and recipes featuring Mrs. T’s Pierogies that can help make planning a breeze and allow you to kick back and enjoy the fun alongside your guests.
Master the Music. Set the mood as soon as your guests walk in with an upbeat playlist.Add a Creative Twist to Your Menu. When you’re craving something real and satisfying – but want to keep things simple – reach for an option like Mrs. T’s Pierogies. Available in 16 varieties, including mini-size, these pasta shells, filled with creamy whipped potatoes, are loaded with flavor and perfect served alone or as part of creative recipes like a Farmers Market Mini Pierogy Salad. You can also grill them up like in this Mini Pierogy Slider Kebab recipe.Create Self-Serve Stations. Arrange a buffet-style table to allow your guests to help themselves to food. It’s a simple way to ensure you get to enjoy yourself. Just remember to provide the necessary fixings at each station.Bust Out Some Games. Whether it’s a game night or just a get-together with friends, keep games like cornhole or bocce ball on-hand to keep your soiree lively.
For more recipes perfect for entertaining, visit MrsTsPierogies.com.
Mini Pierogy Slider Kebabs
Prep time: 15 minutes
Total time: 20 minutes
1 box Mrs. T’s Mini Classic Cheddar Pierogies2 tablespoons olive oilkosher saltfreshly ground black pepper1 pound ground beef1 1/2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce1 tablespoon minced red onion4 deli slices Colby Jack cheese, quartered4-6 skewers14 pieces curly leaf lettuce7 cherry tomatoes, halved14 cornichon pickles
Heat grill or indoor grill pan to medium heat. Toss pierogies with oil and season with salt and pepper. Grill 8-10 minutes, flipping halfway through. Remove.In medium bowl, combine ground beef, Worcestershire sauce, onion, salt and pepper. Form into 14 equal sized patties.Add patties to grill and cook 3-4 minutes per side. Add one slice of cheese to each during last minute of cooking to melt. Remove and cool slightly to handle.To assemble: skewer one pierogy, flat-side down, then one piece of lettuce, tomato, pickle, burger and another pierogy, flat-side down, to sandwich it all together. Repeat with remaining ingredients.
Farmers Market Mini Pierogy Salad
Prep time: 12 minutes
Total time: 18 minutes
1 box Mrs. T’s Mini Classic Cheddar Pierogies1/2 cup white balsamic or cider vinegar1 small garlic clove, crushed1/4 teaspoon salt1/4 teaspoon dried oregano1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil1 large tomato, coarsely chopped1 medium cucumber, seeded, if necessary, and coarsely chopped1/4 cup red onion, thinly sliced4 ounces feta cheese, crumbled
Saute pierogies according to box directions; place in large bowl.In small bowl, combine vinegar, garlic, salt and oregano; whisk in olive oil until well-blended.Add tomato, cucumber, red onion, feta and vinaigrette to bowl with pierogies; toss to mix well.