Polish cuisine is a product of long history and comes in variety of dishes, tastes and flavors. Different regions have contributed their own specialities of Polish food. And not just regions. Throughout centuries Poland has been home to many guests of other nations. This is why French, Italian, German, Ukrainian, Jewish and even Oriental influences are present in Polish cooking. And modern cooks keep adding their own ideas.
Pierogi are undoubtedly one of most significant Polish specialities. It happens very often that an unsuspecting visitor from abroad is served pierogi in Poland and all of the sudden becomes a life-long fan. So what are Polish pierogi and why are they such a hit?
Pierogi - lighter ones are "pierogi ruskie", and darker ones - pierogi with spinach
Basically pierogi are dumplings. But dumplings is a broad category, so we have to describe it more exactly. Pierogi have two main "parts": dough and the filling inside it. The dough (mainly made of flour) is usually more or less similar with all kinds of pierogi. It should not be too thick and must be quite elastic. The filling however takes on various forms and that's what it's all about with pierogi.
The most classic Polish pierogi, called "Ruskie" ("Russian" or more aptly "Rus") have filling of white cheese , potatoes and onion. Polish pierogi "Ruskie" are a must-know as the most popular "version". Then come the other ones: stuffed with sauerkraut and mushrooms, with meat, spinach, strawberries, and many more.
As a matter of fact anyone can invent a new filling. Once you master the dough, the rest is only limited by your imagination and taste. Most of the time pierogi are boiled, but they can also be fried.
Polish Pierogi are very traditional. They have been present in the Polish cuisine for centuries. Probably made their way to Poland from Rus. Today they can be found in all kinds of places, from most modest and inexpensive to exclusive restaurants.
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