• en
  • es

Varenyky / Pierogi

These days in Ukraine I’m filling myself up with good traditional food at a very good price. The fact is that when I tried Varenyky, one of the star dishes of the cuisine of this country, It was like I had eaten before. While is true that few months ago at Kapadokya I met some Ukrainians so good people, who ended up cooking Varenyky so the rest could try it, it was not the only time that came into my head, but also when I was in Poland a couple of years ago. After asking a bit and look up on Internet a little more, I see that what here is called Varenyky is what is called Pierogi there, but they are exactly the same, and both claim that it’s their national dish. In order not to enter into polemics, I will consider it from both and I will explain what is this delicious dish. Let’s start!

 

    Real name: вареники (In ukrainian / Pierogi ruskie (In polish)

    Country of origin: Ukraine & Poland

    Also common at: Neighboring slavic countries and the Baltic republics

 

    Ingredients:

  • Flour and water dough
  • Sour cream (optional)
  • Onion (optional)
  • Possible fillings:
    • Mashed potatoes
    • Cheese
    • Onion
    • Meat
    • Mushrooms
    • Boiled eggs
    • Cabbage

 

    How to prepare it:

The dough is flattened and cut into circles. Each of the circles filled with any of the ingredients commented above, or with a combination of several of them, and the dough is closed creating a semicircle.
 

    How to cook it:

Once closed all the Varenyky / Pierogi, you just have to boil them and wait for them to float on the water to take them out. Once at this point, depending on the area they fry them a little. Also depending on the region will change the way to accompany them, while at some places will be accompanied with fried chopped onion, at others will be with sour cream.
 

    Approximate price:

      2.5 UAH / unity
      ( ≈ 0.1 € / unity )