Product Review: Mrs. T’s (VEGAN!) Potato and Onion Pierogies, Food Service Size

April 26th, 2014 11:53 am by Kelly Garbato

Vegan Pierogi Party at My Place!!!

five out of five stars

So I’m a vegan. I also love pierogies. A bad combination, since pierogies are one of the few prepared convenience foods that haven’t yet received the full vegan treatment. Pre-made vegan pierogies can be difficult to find, and flavors made by mainstream brands that seem like they should be accidentally vegan – such as pierogies filled with potatoes and onions, or those that aren’t cheese-based – often aren’t.

Mrs. T’s takes the confusion to a whole new level. Most of its Potato and Onion Pierogies contain eggs. EXCEPT! The food service size is egg-free. Vegan, vegetarian, and Kosher to boot. The whole shebang. But just the food service size! These are the 48-count, 4.03-pound bags, which come packaged six to a case. UPC 041164008655. Amazon’s listing is rather short on the details, but you can find the nutritional information sheet on Mrs. T’s Food Service website.

At the time of this writing, the food service bags are only available in one grocery store chain on the East Coast (Wegmans recently discontinued them; I know because my mom works there, and used to send me care packages filled with my favorite ‘rogies!), and through FoodserviceDirect Inc., either on Amazon or directly on their website.

The day I found these pierogies listed on Amazon was the happiest of my life, perhaps second only to the day I brought my forever dog Kaylee home. I LOVE THEM THAT MUCH.

After much research and back-and-forth grilling of a customer service rep (pro tip: if you need to contact FoodserviceDirect Inc., do it directly through their website, as they don’t seem to monitor their Amazon listings at all, as evidenced by my two still-unanswered questions), I decided to order a case through Amazon, since it afforded me a little extra protection in case there turned out to be a problem with my order. At $115, I wasn’t willing to take any risks – and the seller’s return policy is unforgiving.

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The pierogies were shipped 2-day UPS ground as promised, though it did take about a week before they left the seller’s warehouse. The case was packaged inside a second, much larger box, along with two packages of dry ice, peanuts for cushioning, and Styrofoam for insulation. The pierogies were still frozen and didn’t appear to have defrosted at all. The stellar packing job and speddy delivery came as a relief.

As for the pierogies, they’re delicious, with a creamy whipped potato filling and dough that’s just perfect – not too thick, not too thin. I guess some might say that this flavor’s a little on the bland side, but that’s what I like: you can dress them up by deep-frying them, or by serving them with sour cream, red sauce, or fried onions and mushrooms. They also make a nice, quick meal boiled.

Of course, making pierogies from scratch allows you to tailor the filling to your tastes – but my pierogies always come out weird and lumpy, with thick, chewy dough, and a shape that resembles a miniature calzone. I usually prefer to make my own vegan foods, especially since specialty items can be pricey – but pierogies are the rare exception. I sincerely hope that FoodserviceDirect Inc. continues to carry this item – or, better yet, Mrs. T’s switches all its Potato and Onion pierogies to a vegan recipe. I email them periodically to request as much – and I hope that other pierogi-loving vegans will do the same.

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In summary: pricey, but so worth it.

(An abridged version of this review is also available on Amazon. Please click through and vote it helpful if you’re so inclined!)

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2 Responses to “Product Review: Mrs. T’s (VEGAN!) Potato and Onion Pierogies, Food Service Size”

  1. Mrs. T’s (Vegan!) Pierogies with Fried Mushrooms & Onions » V for Vegan: Says:

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  2. Sandra L. Hicks Says:

    Thank you!!! I love these things too and haven’t been able to eat them and certainly have not been too successful making them. Friends have made them perfectly vegan and perfectly delicious but I haven’t been. I’ll have to check this out at Amazon. Thanks again for a great article!

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