The pros: Trader Joe's Chicken and Mushroom Pelmeni is new and can be prepared quickly from the freezer.
The cons: Bag is not resealable and my leftovers were a bit gummy the next day.
The verdict: Growing up in my household there was Mr. T on TV and Mrs. T's in the freezer in the form of pierogis. I adore pierogis. I wish Trader Joe's sold them, but these are somewhat similar. Most cultures have a dumping of some sort. These are Russian and translate to something to the likes of an ear. These are almost similar in shape to the Italian Orecchiette. However, these pelmeni are dumplings stuffed with chicken, herbs, and mushrooms.
I opted to boil these. The cooked quickly in about 3 minutes. The outside of the dumpling was a bit tacky out of the pot so I added a bit of olive oil to prevent these from becoming one big clump. Served with a bit of homemade sour cream and dill the way I would enjoy my usual box of Mrs T's; I thought they were pretty good. The dumpling noodle was good out of the pot, but upon the reheat the next day was quite gummy tasting. The meat inside had the same texture of a meatball. When picked apart you could see the mushrooms, onions, and dill. It had a nice subtle flavor.
On the downside to things, these left me feeling a bit hungry. While the bag indicated that there are 5 servings, if you are going to make a meal out of this there are only 2-3 servings in this one bag. Yes, I polished off half the bag in one sitting. Unlike Mrs. T's pierogis, these dumplings did leave me a bit hungry. I strongly suspect that had I made this as part of a soup I would have been more satisfied with these as a meal. I'll save that experiment for the next bag I purchase.
While this bag won't make my A-Team of Trader Joe's picks, I do think it is one that is worth a try. If you've tried Trader Joe's Steamed Chicken Soup dumplings and liked them, then this too is a good pick. For $3.99 for a one pound bag it makes for a super quick meal. I just wish the bag could be resealed.
Here is the visual run down of what you get if you buy this product:
The nutritional information:
How to prepare:
How Trader Joe's describes this product:
After being cooked and served with sour cream and dill you get:
Would I buy this again? I would buy Trader Joe's Chicken and Mushroom Pelmeni again. I think there is some good possibilities of what you can do with it. It was good from being boiled but I suspect that this might be better added to a broth and used as dumplings in a soup.
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