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Don't Feel Like Cooking Dinner: Beef Pierogi Skillet

When I've had enough of cooking and need something quick, easy, and that everyone will like, I go for this Beef Pierogi Skillet dinner. Often, I take the ground beef from the freezer and either thaw it in the microwave or in a bowl of water in the sink (still wrapped in plastic!). The peas and peirogi also come from the freezer. Don't have peas, or someone in your family hates them? That's okay. Substitute broccoli. It'll work. The point of this skillet dinner is to get something good on the table quickly and to avoid a lot of unnecessary dirtying of dishes. This isn't a fussy dish. It's a comfort meal. It's loaded with taste and creamy, easy eating goodness. Serve it with a salad and/or bread and maybe some ice cream or cookies for dessert, and your "don't feel like cooking" dinner will seem special. Enjoy!

Don't Feel Like Cooking Dinner:  Beef Pierogi Skillet
Don't Feel Like Cooking Dinner: Beef Pierogi Skillet

Beef Peirogi Skillet Dinner -- Serves 4+

2-3 teaspoons of canola oil

1 medium onion, chopped

1 pound (or about) of lean ground beef (93 percent)

1/2 teaspoon of salt

1/2 teaspoon of pepper

16-ounce package of frozen pierogies (whatever type you like)

2 teaspoons of minced dried parsley

1 teaspoon of paprika

1/4 teaspoon of garlic powder

1/2 cup of water

2 teaspoons of Worcestershire sauce

1 cup of milk mixed or whisked with 1 tablespoon of flour

8 ounces of frozen peas

1/2 cup of light sour cream

Heat the oil in a large skillet or chef's pan over medium-high heat and add the onion. Saute the onion for a few minutes until it begins to soften. Crumble in the ground beef and add the salt and pepper. Saute the beef and onion until the beef is mostly cooked through. While the beef is cooking, submerge the frozen pierogies in hot water (hot tap water is fine) for about five minutes. Once the beef/onion mixture has cooked, turn down the heat to medium-low and add the dried parsley, paprika, garlic powder, water, and Worcestershire sauce. Gently stir in the pierogi. Gently stir in the milk/flour mixture and continue cooking the beef/pierogies for a few minutes until the sauce thickens and the pierogies are cooked and hot. Stir in the frozen peas, then the sour cream. Turn off the heat and let the dinner sit for a few minutes (to continue thickening up the sauce) before serving it.

Don't Feel Like Cooking Dinner:  Beef Pierogi Skillet
Don't Feel Like Cooking Dinner: Beef Pierogi Skillet

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