October 8, 2013

National Pierogi Day

“The fricassee with dumplings is made by a Mrs. Miller whose husband has left her four times on account of her disposition and returned four times on account of her cooking and is still there.” - Rex Stout, "Some Buried Caesar"

It's National Pierogi Day!

A pierogi is a dumpling that's filled with mashed potato, and/or sauerkraut, meat, cheese, or veg like fried onions, mushrooms, spinach, etc. First it's boiled, then it's baked or fried. Originally - like lobster - it was considered food for peasants and the lower class in Poland when it was first eaten in the 1200's. Eventually, however, their deliciousness caught on and everyone started eating them! It's now considered one of the national dishes of the country.

And now you're all the wiser, foodies!

For many Christmases, my family had "Pierogisana" (which was lasagna made from pierogis instead of lasagna noodles). It was one of our favorite holiday meals. I've always liked pierogis, but I'm awful at making them. So to the store I went for some veg-filled (and gluten free) ones.

Yeah, mah belleh is happeh.

Happy National Pierogi Day!