Varenyky-perogiesImage credit: Kagor, “Kapersy 027” May 4, 2008, via Wikimedia Commons, (CC BY-SA 3.0).

Dear All,
Today I would like to speak with you about perogies! Perogies (Canadian English spelling) are considered to be traditional Ukrainian food. They are also widely available (e.g. frozen at a store) in Canada and Poland.

Did you know that in modern Ukraine, perogies are best known under the name of Varenyky? The word “varenyky” (pl. of “varenyk“) comes from the Ukrainian word “varyty” – ‘to boil’ because this product is cooked in boiling water. Perogies/ varenyky are also known under the following names/spellings: pyrohy, pyrogy, pyrogie, pierogi, perogi, pierogy, perogy, pierógi, or pirogi.

Although the spelling may be different, the meaning is always the same: dumplings filled with various fillings and cooked in boiled water. Interestingly, in Canada perogies are usually prepared only with either potato (and onion) or cheese (and potatoes) fillings. Whereas in Ukraine, perogies are eaten with a variety of fillings such as potatoes (and onion), cabbage, or as dessert with cottage cheese, sour cherries, raspberries, etc. (the cheese filling is not typically used in Ukraine). Perogies are served with sunflower oil or sour cream in Ukraine.

How perogies are served in your culture/country? What is the name/spelling of the product? What are the typical fillings?


1 Comment

  1. At home we called them varenyky, at our Ukrainian hall, perohy. Potato and kapusta filled, my two favourites. Great post!

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