Though much of Poland’s food and drink hasn’t yet crossed over onto the world’s table, Pierogi have undoubtedly been sighted here and there. A great example of how a simple thing is often the best, Pierogi are semicircular dumplings filled with the whole gamut of sweet and savory fillings. They are best when boiled and subsequently pan-fried with butter. Make that: cheese and potato filled Pierogi (Ruskie Pierogi) boiled and pan-fried with bits of bacon, a big handful of onion, loads of butter, and served with a spoonful of sour cream… cue simultaneous heart attack and drooling.
Some Pierogi you should try to meet:
- Sauerkraut and Mushroom
- Potato and Savory Cheese/Quark
- Sweet Curd Cheese with a touch of Vanilla
- Blueberry or Cherry
As Poland turns its attention to serving visitors more steaming bowls of traditional goodness, a special kind of treat has come along: The All-Night Pierogi Shack. Genius work, Poland, congratulations. For about $3 US, you get a nice plate of Pierogi, any old time of the day, along with Polish cheesecake, beet soup, and fun Polka music too. We wouldn’t just sell you on some cheap 7-11 boozer food… these are actually quite tasty! The Pierogarnia location in Krakow’s Old Town serves around the clock — Pierogarnia has appeared in other large cities, but hours are unknown.
Here’s a good start for making some of your own, complete with homemade dough. If you want, you can apparently order some traditional pierogi online — these come from our fine nation’s “Pierogi Pocket”, an area including New York state, Pennsylvania, Indiana, parts of the northern Midwest and southern New England. Or you can always hook it up with some Mrs. T’s (available widely in the States) and go crazy with their recipes for Mexican Pierogy Lasagna, Pacific Rim Pierogy (note the “y” spelling), and other decidedly non-native ideas. Mrs. T’s is even on facebook. Pierogi apparently, are conquering the planet.
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