I participated in a campaign on behalf of Millennial Central for Mrs. T’s Pierogies. I received a product sample to facilitate my review and a promotional item as a thank you for participating.I was thinking of getting new business cards made up. I mean, I have ones for work that say-
Sarah Westendorf: Clinical Operations Manager
and blog ones that say-
Sarah Westendorf: Self-taught cook, photographer, food stylist
But I'm really looking forward to passing out business cards that say-
Sarah Westendorf: Mrs. T's Pierogies Ambassador
How cool is that title? If I go abroad and lose my passport, can I seek shelter at a pierogies embassy? Do I get diplomatic potato immunity? Even if I don't (which I totally should), I'm thrilled to be participating in this awesome program to promote Mrs. T's, a company that I've loved for years.
As a kid, I hated potatoes. So once I realized how delicious they were, I had a lot of lost time to make up for. Frozen pierogies quickly became my go-to dinner when I would get home from work. Or when I needed a filling weekend lunch. Or if I needed the perfect side-dish to compliment some meat.
They're so versatile, and they really are so simple to make. I like to saute them with butter, and toss them with caramelized onions and garlic for some extra flavor, then serve them with sour cream (see my picture). And if I have some kielbasa in the freezer, they're even better. But you can cook them pretty much any way you want. Boil, bake, grill, fry...the options are endless.
And though I usually stick to the simpler flavors (potato and cheddar, baby! Woo!), there are 11 different options from Mrs. T's, including whole grain varieties for the health conscious, and some adventurous flavors for the daring. Sauerkraut anyone? Check the Mrs. T's website to see all the different flavors, and to check out some of their recipes. I'm definitely going to try a few of them using my free samples, especially the Buffalo pierogies that use the mini potato and cheddar variety.
The best part about pierogies is that everyone loves them! In college, my friend Caitlin would drag me across campus to whatever dining hall was serving pierogies. And nowadays, if a friend surprises me by stopping by on short notice (or I'm too lazy to cook anything fancy), pulling a box of pierogies from the freezer is a simple way to serve them something delicious and filling. On one occasion I even used them as a bargaining tool to entice my coworker over to help with some yard work. He eats entire boxes of pierogies at a time, so it totally worked. He also considered starting a blog just to become an ambassador like me.
As a food blogger, I've made some pretty impressive dishes over the past few years. But sometimes cooking from scratch can be unreliable. That's why having a freezer full of Mrs. T's is comforting: I know I can rely on them to taste amazing each time. I've tried other brands of pierogies, and while one box might be good, the next might taste totally different. According to the Mrs. T's website, they produce over 600 million pierogies a year! Knowing this, I feel good about serving them to my friends.
How do you like to serve your pierogies? Do you have a favorite way of preparing them? Let me know! I was lucky enough to receive several boxes of them for this promotion, and I'm looking for exciting ways to use them.
So to summarize why I love my job as a pierogies ambassador:
- Reliable: you know you're getting quality with Mrs. T's
- Fast and easy: perfect for a family dinner or for entertaining your friends at, dare I say, a Superbowl party?
- Versatile: You can cook them virtually any way you want to
- Variety: 11 different flavors and styles to chose from
- I'm not allowed to eat them every day. But that might not stop me...
Be sure to follow Mrs. T's on their Website, Facebook, and Twitter for awesome recipes and ideas for how to serve them, and check back with me in a few weeks to see how my buffalo style pierogies came out!
Special thanks to Mrs. T's, and to Millenial Central for allowing me to gush about one of my favorite companies in exchange for promotional pierogies. Promogies?