Wednesday, July 21, 2010

the most unapologetic food

There are lots of foods out there that boast their health benefits and then there are those that just don't. The perogie is in the latter category. I like to think of it as the ultimate unapologetic comfort food. You know, something Paula Dean would put in a giant pile on your plate and then offer you some more.

Now, I must admit this is one of the few foods the carnivore actually introduced me to (usually it is the other way around). This is not surprising considering this lovely dough dumpling is usually filled with mashed potatoes and cheese. What's not to love? You can get a varieties of other fillings though - everything from onions and cabbage for your savory cravings to berries and cream for your sweet tooth.

They can be prepared a number of ways too - boiled, baked, and of course fried in butter is certainly a favorite. (Paula would approve.) And while perogies are something you can easily make yourself, I usually just by them pre-made. And, I'm not going to apologize about that either.

Most recently when I made this potato side dish I actually boiled them. I also got a version with onions inside to sneak a veggie on my carnivores plate. Once they were fulled cooked, I removed them from the water and then tossed them with salt, pepper, parmesan cheese, thyme from my herb garden, and what else - butter. Even the topping choices are endless.

So if you are looking for a different side dish to satisfy the vegetarians and carnivores alike in your house, I suggest you try them yourself if you haven't already. You won't be sorry!


  1. You are right on with this title! Periogies are one of the ultimate comfort foods for me and are shocked when people haven't heard of them. My favorite is sauteed in just a little butter with chopped onions, mushrooms, and peppers. Or even baked that way. When I'm feeling really gluttonous, deep fried periogies dipped in sour cream hit the spot (Often found as appetizers at restaurants, or at fairs). Thanks for the reminder...I need to go out a buy some asap!


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