NATIONAL PIEROGI DAY
Today is the day that pierogi lovers across the nation have been waiting for, it is National Pierogi Day. This holiday is celebrated each year on October 8.
- Pierogi is the plural form of the rarely used Polish word pierog.
- The word Pierogi can be found spelled a number of ways including perogi and pierogy.
However you choose to spell this delicious side dish, it is all the same. Pierogi are dumplings made up of unleavened dough that are first boiled then sometimes baked or fried in butter and optionally adding onion. Usually semicircular in shape, they are traditionally stuffed with a mashed potato filling, potato and cheese, potato and onion, cheese, cabbage, sauerkraut, ground meat, mushroom, spinach or fruit.
Pierogi are often served with melted butter, sour cream, fried bacon crumbles, sauteed mushrooms and onions and/or green onion. The dessert variety, those filled with a fruit filling, can be enjoyed topped with apple sauce, maple syrup, chocolate sauce and/or whipped cream.
There are other similar types of “dumpling like” dishes in other ethnic cuisines
It was the Eastern European immigrants that popularized pierogi in the United States. At first, pierogi were a family food among the immigrants and were also found in ethnic restaurants; Freshly cooked pierogi became a staple fundraisers by ethnic churches in the post-World War II era. By the 1960′s, pierogi could be found in the frozen food aisles of grocery stores in many parts of the United States.
While in other countries pierogi are eaten as a main dish, Americans typically consider them to be a side dish.
- At every Pittsburgh Pirates baseball game, there is a “pierogi race” where four runners, wearing pierogi costumes, race toward a finish line.
- Whiting, Indiana celebrates an annual Pieroti Fest each July.
HAPPY NATIONAL PIEROGI DAY !
Have some pierogi and post on social media using #NationalPierogiDay to encourage tohers to do so as well.
Within our research, we were unable to find the creator of National Pierogi Day, an “unofficial” national holiday.