While staying in Krakow, we chose to indulge at a restaurant called Chopin which is located right on the market square, Rynek Glowny. We sat at a table on the outside terrace where we had a fabulous view of the historic square, its beautiful buildings, the many elaborately decorated horses and carriages and most importantly, it was perfect for people-watching.
Pierogi or pirogi (pronounced pi-ROH-ghee) are stuffed dumplings of East European origin. They are made by wrapping pockets of unleavened dough around a savory or sweet filling and cooked in boiling water. The dumplings are usually semi-circular but triangular and rectangular ones are also found. Typical fillings include mashed potato, sauerkraut, ground meat, cabbage, mushrooms, spinach and cheese in the savory version. The savory dumplings are often served with toppings, such as melted butter, sour cream or fried onion.
Our favorite pierogi turned out to be the meat dumplings which are filled with a well spiced very flavorful ground beef mixture. We also tried the “Russian” style pierogi which was filled with mashed potatoes, farmers cheese and fried onions and a version with cabbage and mushrooms.
Fruits and jams including cherry, strawberry, saskatoon berry, raspberry, blueberry, peach, plum, apple and prunes are used in the sweet pierogis. I have to admit, we did not try the fruit version, so we now have a perfect excuse (among SO many others) to return to Poland!