Pierogi aka pierogies are probably the most popular Polish food.
I’m not gonna claim that the Polish invented pierogi because different variations of pierogi are widely known in Eastern Europe. The Ukrainians have their varenyky and the Russians eat piroshki and pelmeni. And various kinds of stuffed dough can be found throughout the world – the Chinese eat pot stickers, the Italians ravioli or tortellini and the Jewish have kreplach. So what’s the big deal with Polish pierogi?
I can guarantee that there is something special about Polish pierogi.
Polish pierogi have some traditional fillings such as mashed potatoes & cottage cheese, sauerkraut, meat, mushrooms, buckwheat, and to be honest, the number and kind of pierogi fillings is simply unlimited!
The Polish name ‘pierogi’ is plural, the single piece of this dish is called ‘pieróg’ but you are never satisfied with just one.
Foreigners often add the ending ‘–es’ to the already existing Polish plural of the name, so you’ll often hear e.g. Americans say “I love pierogies!” – a sentence that practically contains a mistake.
However, because my mission is not to correct everybody but just to enjoy the simple fact of loving pierogi I accept both forms pierogi and pierogies.
On the internet, you will find different variations of this word: PIEROGY, PEROGY, PIEROGIS, PEROGIES, PIEROGYS – as the name for Polish dumplings.
Choose your own way of loving it ;)!