History of Pierogi
What are Polish Harvest Polish Style Pierogi? Pierogi are a kind of dumpling of virtually untraceable Central or Eastern European origin. Claims for inventing it have been staked for the Poles, the Russians, the Latvians, the Ukrainians, the Slovaks and the Czechs. Some legends say that pierogi have been made in Poland since the 13th century and arrived in Poland via Russia from the Far East. Other legends claim that pierogi were introduced to Polish cuisine about 500 years ago by Queen Bona, who was Italian. We might never discover the true origin of pierogi, but we know that they became one of the favorite and most versatile dishes among many nationalities.
Pierogi can be served with soup, as a starter sprinkled with fried onion and bacon, as a main course either with a sauce or plain with sour cream, although more often as an accompaniment to a main course and even as a dess ert. Once boiled they can be served as they are, sautéed in butter or even deep fried and can be filled with practically anything of solid consistency.
Some of the favorite fillings include meat, cottage cheese, sauerkraut, potatoes, cabbage, mushrooms and a variety of fruit. The Polish pierogi are crescent shaped with the filling sealed in unleavened dough. In United States the word "pierogi" is commonly taken to mean Polish pierogi.