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What Are Perogies

What are perogies? Perogies are unleavened dough dumplings filled with either a sweet or savory filling. They originated in central and eastern Europe. They can be cooked by boiling or pan-frying. Pelmen Foods sells the finest frozen perogies you can purchase. Look for them in your local supermarket.

What Are Traditional Perogies?

Traditional perogies are Polish dumplings that are boiled and then fried or baked, making the outer crust crispy. The conventional filling includes meat, sauerkraut, and potato. They can also be filled with cheese or fruit.

Perogies were probably imported to the Polish territories in the 13th century from the far east. Perogies used to be more prevalent in the eastern borderlands of Old Poland than in the west. The first Polish cookbook of Stanislaw Czerniecki was published in 1682.  In this cookbook, you find the first written perogie recipes. They were they stuffed with chopped kidneys, greens, nutmeg, veal fat, but no potatoes. Potatoes were not introduced to Poland until the 17th century.

Dating back to the 17th century Poland you will find vegetarian perogies part of a traditional Christmas Eve dinner or "Wigillia Dinner." They are stuffed with cabbage, sauerkraut, and wild forest mushrooms. The perogies were vegetarian because of the Roman Catholic Church had strict mandates on fasting and abstinence on the day before Christmas. Church laws have changed, but the traditional meal is still meatless and dairy-free. 

What Do You Eat with Perogies?

Are you asking yourself what dishes to serve along side of perogies? Here are a few ideas to get you started. Traditional perogies are served with fried lardons,(lardon is a small strip or cube of fatty bacon and is used to flavor savory foods.) melted butter, pork rinds, and sour cream. They are served with a wide variety of dishes like fried potatoes, glazed carrots, grilled onions, and beetroot soup, or anything that sounds good to you. Eat them alone, or with a simple dip.

Are Perogies Difficult to Make?

No, they are not difficult, but they do take time.  Perogies are dumplings made out of dough. You can make perogy dough ahead of time and freeze it for up to a month. The most important thing to remember is not to overwork your dough, or it won't be as tender as you might want. A lot of people will not rework leftover strips of dough but will fry them with the perogies and season the bits and pieces. 

Once you make your dough, you can cut your dough in circles and fill. Boil them, then pan fry them. If you want to freeze your perogies, you should blanch them first. Frozen raw perogies can crack.  

What are perogies? They are an excellent little dumpling stuffed with an assortment of fillings. Here is a bit of perogy trivia:

  • In 2007 at the Perogy Festival in Krakow, 30,000 perogies were consumed daily.
  • October 8th is National Perogy Day.
  • A perogy weighing 92 pounds was made in Indiana during their Perogy Fest in Whiting. It is the largest edible perogy ever made.
What Are Perogies
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