December 23, 2014 | Posted by Elyse Tirrell
Throughout the December holidays, we all do our very best to keep family traditions alive. Whether this is through family decorations or specific dishes or cultural customs, these traditions are what make our holiday gatherings truly special. I'm fortunate that my family's traditions are so delicious -- specifically, the always-present heaping dish of Christmas Eve pierogi!
My grandfather’s family can be traced back to Poland, and Polish traditions have been a part of Christmas Eve for as long as I can remember. A pierogi is a Polish dumpling made with a circular cut of thinly-rolled dough that’s stuffed, folded, and boiled. They’re often filled with a mashed potato mixture, but the filling possibilities are endless: potatoes and cheese, meat, sauerkraut, mushrooms and cabbage, and even fruit (my mother’s favorite are filled with blueberries – yum!). It’s one of the national foods of Poland – and for good reason, if you ask me. They’re just so satisfying!
Get the recipe for these delicious pierogi stuffed with potato, cheese, mushroom, and spinach, and watch the step-by-step video to see how they're made. Whether for Christmas or another wintry night, I suggest you give these pierogi a try -- they're some of the most flavorful I've ever had, and sure to be a hit (even if there's no Polish ancestry at the table)!