Poland – The many flavors of Pierogi

Pierogi, the national food of Poland, are semicircle-shaped dumplings made with unleavened dough. Traditionally, pierogi were considered “peasant food” in Poland, but over the centuries their popularity increased in all classes. Now, Polish locals serve pierogi for special events such as weddings and Christmas celebrations; there are many varieties of pierogi, so you are sure to find an option you like.

Pierogi Ruskie
Pierogi Ruskie is the most popular pierogi option in Poland. This traditional variety comes from the Ruthenian region, where modern Poland and Ukraine border each other. Chefs fill the Ruskie pierogi with cottage cheese, potatoes, and onion with a side of sour cream for dipping. You can find this variety in Milk Bars, simple Polish cafes across the country.

Pierogi z szpinakiem
Pierogi z szpinakiem is a great option for vegetarians. Many types of pierogi contain meat fillings, but chefs make them with fried spinach. Pierogi z szpinakiem differs from other dumplings by their green color.

Pierogi Kaszubskie
Kaszuby is a region of Poland with its own unique identity. Kaszuby residents have their own culture, language, flag, and pierogi variety. Pierogi Kaszubskie contains goose meat, a particular regional delicacy. If you want to try pierogi Kaszubskie, some Pierogarnias in Gdansk, a city with a Kashubian population, serve the meal.

Pierogi Lubelskie
Pierogi Lubelskie was born in the city of Lublin, Poland. Boasting a unique flavor profile, Lublin natives prepare pierogi Lubelskie with mint, bacon, buckwheat and onion. While the filling may be hard to imagine, the flavors blend well together and give you a glimpse into the culture of the city.

Sweet options
There are many pierogi options available if you are looking for a dessert. Some restaurants offer pierogi jagodowe, a delicacy filled with blueberries and topped with cream. People all over Poland enjoy chocolate pierogi with an ice cream or a cup of coffee. Pierogi fantazyjne translates to “fancy dumpling” and is a rare find. Pierogi fantazyjne is only served in one restaurant in Gdansk accompanied by almonds and orange slices.

To know more:
Eleven types of Pierogi to try in Poland