October 8, 2011 - National Pierogi Day

There are a lot of ways to spell this Polish treat. There are a lot of flavors available, and there are a lot of ways to prepare them. Do yourself a big favor and try some today!

Pierogies are dumplings made of unleavened dough filled with potato or sweet potato, cheese, ground meat, fruit, or even sauerkraut. They can be boiled, baked, or fried. 

My favorite easy version is Mrs. T's potato-and-cheddar pierogies fried with onions in butter. They can be found in the frozen-foods section.

Homemade pierogies are also awesome, of course – but they're fairly difficult and time-consuming to make! You have to carefully roll out the dough, cut it into circles, put the right amount of filling inside one half, and then fold the dough over and crimp the edges. Here's a recipe if you want to try it! 

Similar foods have different names in different cultures. Ukrainians serve veraniki, for example, and people in Belarus serve kalduny. Turkish manti, Italian ravioli and tortellini, and Chinese wontons and pot stickers are all kinds of dumplings.

Find out more about Polish culture at DLTK's

Or try out these playground games from Poland. 

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