The exact origin of the pierogi is unknown, but it is thought to have Central or Eastern European beginnings. Pierogi are dumplings filled with sauerkraut, potato, cheese, meat or fruit and are most commonly associated with Poland. Claims for inventing the pierogi have also been made by Russia, the Czech Republic, Latvia, Slovakia and Ukraine.
Pierogi are dumplings made of dough, and can be filled with sauerkraut, potato, cheese, meat, cabbage, mushrooms or fruit. The pierogi found in Poland are typically crescent-shaped. According to legend, pierogi arrived in Poland in the 13th century from Russia and the Far East. The first known use of the Polish word "pierogi" dates from 1811, and "pierogi" generally means "the Polish dumpling" in the U.S. They are called other names in other countries; for example, in Latvia they are called "piragi," and in Belarus they are called "kalduny."
The traditional way of making and eating pierogi is to boil them and dip them in sour cream. They can also be deep fried or sauteed with garlic, butter and chives. Pierogi is often served with soup or as an appetizer. They can also be the main course, served plain or with a sauce. More typically, pierogi is served as part of the main course or sometimes as a dessert.