Friday, December 21, 2007

Pierogies

My grandparents were born in Pennsylvania's steel belt to Czechoslovakian immigrant parents. Childhood visits to see them were always filled with cabbage rolls and pierogies laden with fried bacon and sour cream. My grandmother showed her love with plates and plates of food, and we were only too happy to oblige. Needless to say, I have not had any pierogies since going vegan over 2 years ago. I noticed these frozen pierogies in the grocery store this week and was surprised to see they had no egg in the dough or cheese in the filling. I sauteed up some red and yellow onions in margarine and put them atop the pierogies. They are not even close to my grandma's, but it was fun to have something different for dinner. I am going to try to make a vegan pierogie next month, and dabble in cabbage rolls as well. Stay tuned!

13 comments:

kmcaruselle said...

I'm a Czechoslovakian Pennsylvanian too. Yay for pierogies!

Ruby Red Vegan said...

once upon a time i had a russian-style piroshki, but that's the closest experience i have to pierogies. they very doughy and scrumptious, and i love cabbage rolls as well so i'll definitely stay tuned!

Isa said...

We can get supermarket pierogis here that are vegan but a few years ago all of the restaurants suddenly had eggs in their recipe. It's really sad because that's one of the few things about the diners vegans were able to enjoy.

Tina. said...

I am Slovenian. A friend of mine here in Texas just made me a whole pot of vegan sarma (cabbage rolls) last night (she lived in Romania for a year, that's where she learned the recipe). They are soooo delicious--I can't stop eating them.

My husband (who grew up in Detroit), keeps telling me we should make pirogies, but I could never find a vegan recipe. Looking forward to yours.

PS--Great blog! I check in every day.

Vegan Dad said...

Tina: what did your friend use for the cabbage roll filling?

Tina. said...

She used Gimme Lean ground beef style instead of meat, rice, and whatever else the recipe called for.

VeggieGirl said...

oh my goodness I haven't had pierogies since before I became a vegan!! I can't wait to see YOUR homemade version :0)

SaraJane said...

I got all excited thinking you were going to post a recipe for pierogies! ha! There are some awesome potato and onion pierogies in Vancouver that are vegan as well. I can only get them at one of the markets. I had really missed them, too. Such a yummy, quick meal.

Holly said...

Being from Pittsburgh and of eastern european blood, I appreciate a good pierogie from time to time. I look forward to your recipe. I have also been interested in trying to make some vegan halupki/cabbage rolls. I hated the stuff when it was made with meat, but I would be willing to try again without it. Perhaps I'll consult my great aunt's family recipe and see if I can do some substitutions.

Happy Herbivore said...

my parents & grandparents also immigrated to the steel belt of PA, too! Pierogies are a food I know all too well.. looking forward to your vegan recipe to share with my parents!

Elisabeth said...

sauerkraut pirogies = christmas eve in my family. We always bought ours from a local polish deli. The store bought ones are never quite as good. I look forward to your version!

Tina. said...

Oh, and I just remembered--my Serbian grandmother back home would substitute meat with TVP when she made me cabbage rolls. They were also very yummy.

jessy said...

i love vegan pierogies! i just made some for the first time last week. just flour, water, oil & sea salt - we stuffed ours with sauteed onions and garlic mashed potatoes - delightful! even made the dough from 1/2 whole wheat flour! i look foward to your take on pierogies! w00t!