Pierogies With Love
Several years ago my friend Renata Elghriany showed me how to make pierogies. Renata grew up on a small farm in a village of about 1800 people in southern Poland about 2 hours south of Krakow if traveling by car. She is an expert in Polish cuisine and frequently shares her wonderful recipes with friends and family, and now with you, the readers of secondactkitchen.com. One snowy Saturday Renata came to my house and we made pierogies. Actually, she mostly made the pierogies and I mostly took the pictures and worked on writing up the recipes. When we were done we enjoyed them thoroughly and now we hope you will enjoy them too.
I’m calling this post Pierogies with Love because making them is a labor of love since it takes a large part of your day to complete them. They are a favorite in my house, and freeze well. If you’re going to make them, it’s worth it to make extra so the next time you want to serve pierogies they are ready to go with minimal time to defrost, boil and saute this delicious treat.
Pierogies With Love
By Renata Elghriany
I am very happy to write this guest post about pierogies which are often considered “poor man’s” food in Poland, because meat is expensive and not everyone can afford to buy a lot of meat. Everyone in my village grew their own potatoes and other vegetables and had cows for milk to make cheese, so everyone in the village made and ate pierogies as a main staple in their diet when I was growing up. Everyone in the village shared their ideas about how to make pierogies and nearly everyone had a different idea about the best way to make the best one – the best filling and the best way to make the dough.
I have worked on this recipe for many years to perfect it, and I am excited to show you how it is done. One modification I’ve made since moving to the US is to use jalapeno peppers in the pierogies in order to add more flavor. There were no jalapeno peppers grown in my village at home. This recipe is an original creation perfected over the years and is a favorite among my family and friends. I hope it will soon become a new favorite for you and that you will find this recipe easy and delicious and enjoy it as much as the people in my hometown do.
Savory or Sweet
Pierogies can also be sweet or savory. For Valentine’s Day we also want to share the sweet pierogie recipe for Strawberry Pierogies with fresh whipped cream and strawberry sauce on top.
As I mentioned, making pierogies is a labor of love. This is because making them from scratch requires patience, time and care. You must first make the filling and the dough, roll out the dough, and cut it into rounds. Next you fill each dough round, fold it and crimp the edges. When they are done, you cook them in boiling water.
You can either serve them hot or you can sauté them in a little butter before topping them with sauce and a little whipped cream. Strawberry pierogies are the perfect Valentine’s treat – make some today for your family and friends. Pierogies with love – Happy Valentine’s Day!