March Foodie Photo-A-Day Challenge ~ Dinner

For today’s challenge subject, I thought I’d post a picture of one of my favorite go-to dinners. New England Pierogie Dinner. This meal is quick, economical and super easy to make!

I ended up posting this recipe to for safe keeping when I found my handwritten note with “TRY” written across the scrawled recipe. I think it was originally taken from a magazine and I wish I could give credit to the original writer. If I find out it’s origin, I will certainly come back and let everyone know.

On to the recipe. One pot and ten minutes of cooking time. Could you ask for anything easier? I think not.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 teaspoon Old Bay Seasoning
  • ½ head green cabbage, quartered
  • 2 ears corn, each cut in thirds
  • 8 ounces low-fat kielbasa, sliced
  • 1 ½ tablespoons butter, divided
  • 1 (12 ounce) box frozen potato pierogies (mini potato and cheddar)
  • fresh parsley, chopped as garnish

Here’s how you make it:

  • 1. Bring 1 cup water and Old Bay seasoning to a boil in a Dutch Oven.
  • 2. Add cabbage, corn, kielbasa and 1/2 tablespoon butter to Dutch Oven when water is boiling.
  • 3. Cover and cook 10 minutes, turning ingredients once or twice to avoid sticking. Cabbage and corn should be tender.
  • 4. Meanwhile, defrost pierogies in the microwave (about 2 minutes).
  • 5. Add pierogies and remaining 1 tablespoon butter; toss to mix.
  • 6. Garnish with parsley.

Did I lie? Pretty much the easiest thing you’ll ever make. Another versatile recipe too. If you don’t have corn on the cob, dump a drained can of corn right in there instead. No kielbasa? Use chicken sausage or regular sausage. Like more zing? Add more Old Bay. No mini pierogies? Use precooked (but still a little hard) potatoes.

Eat this dish and you’ll imagine yourself at a New England clambake on the beach. In the summer. With no wind, so sand won’t get in your food. With a small campfire to keep the bugs away. And no one with metal detectors to bother you. It’s THAT kind of good. Enjoy!


About finefrugality

I am a wife, mother, business owner, farmer, foster parent, retired probation officer and so much more. :-) I love to save money any way I can. I just don’t see the sense in handing my cash over to someone else when I don’t have to. I coupon, I grow and can food, I reuse and repurpose items, I scour thrift stores and during the warmer months, my Saturday mornings consist of yard sales and our local farmer’s market with my husband. I have organized local meetings which include coupon swaps, barter clubs and swap meets. Here is where I begin to share this life with the rest of the world. This is Fine Frugality. Because being frugal is not only fine. It is FINE.
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9 Responses to March Foodie Photo-A-Day Challenge ~ Dinner

  1. Mark Routt says:

    this looks really good.

  2. Wow this looks absolutely delicious. Love the fact that this meal offers so many options and that it’s also healthy!

    Thanks for sharing this!

    • You are more than welcome. It is so tasty too! One of our favorite “go-to” meals.

      • Awesome! Also, was wondering…Do you think it would be ok to just substitute red for old bay seasoning?

      • I’m not sure what red is? If it’s similar to Old Bay, I’d give it a shot. If you don’t have Old Bay, but want something along those lines…here’s a link to a homemade Old Bay recipe. You could probably use that as a base and add/delete things as you see fit. Hope that helps.

  3. Sorry about that, meant to type red pepper. LOL

    • Oh! Well now it makes sense. 🙂 I’ll bet if you mix up a seasoning of maybe garlic powder, red pepper, minced onion and italian seasoning…it would bring on a whole new flavor! I’m not a huge fan of real spicy foods (although hubby loves to sweat from his food), so I can’t say on just hot pepper. But my advice would be to make a smaller batch, using whatever you like (or two smaller batches, one Old Bay and another experiment). Let me know how you make out!

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