What is a Pierogi?

Imagine going your whole life and never trying a pierogi.

It would be a tragedy. A catastrophe. A culinary disaster of epic proportions. Yet believe it or not, there are people out there who don’t know the chewy, tasty, potato filled joy that comes with eating at Loaded Pierogi.

In fact…they might not even know what a pierogi is at all.

* shivers *

Oh, the humanity!

So, today Loaded Pierogi is putting on our teacher hat. Get ready to get schooled on what a pierogi is (what it isn’t) and why these plump balls of dough are the greatest thing since sliced bread. Plus, you’ll get a quick history lesson on the origin of the pierogi.

Let’s jump in!

What is pierogi filling made of?

A pierogi has two parts: the inside and the outside.

On the outside, we have the dough. This is what’s known as “unleavened” dough, AKA it’s made without yeast. Instead, only four ingredients usually go into making pierogi dough: a combination of flour, eggs, water, and salt.

Seems simple enough, right?

But wait! There’s more! The inner filling is where things get really interesting. Stuffed inside each dough shell is an array of delicious flavors ranging from savory to sweet. Really anything can go inside a pierogi. Well, not anything…edible ingredients only, please!

That being said, the most traditional choices are potato, sauerkraut, and meat.

Other common ingredients include cheese, spices, salt, pepper, onions, mushrooms, and sometimes fruits and berries. Here at Loaded Pierogi, our base consists of potatoes, onions, and flour and is dairy-free.

That’s the beauty of the pierogi – it’s customizable to suit all tastes (including yours).

Is a European-style Pierogi the same thing as a traditional Chinese dumpling?

Good heavens, no!

While similar in cooking methods such as boiling or frying, the European-style pierogi and the traditional Chinese-style dumpling are different.

Firstly, a pierogi is of Polish origin. Mashed potatoes, sauerkraut, and cheese are popular in North American versions of the dish. The shape is usually triangular or half moon. And don’t forget! On the Loaded Pierogi menu, you can also #getloaded with unlimited toppings for the ultimate pierogi experience. With pierogies, sour cream, green onions, and caramelized onions are standard toppings.


Chinese dumplings on the other hand often have thicker dough and a “puffier” shape. Tofu, ground pork, shrimp, fish, ginger, garlic, and other vegetables are traditional ingredients for dumplings like dim sum.

And now you know!

So, the next time somebody asks, “Hey, is that a pierogi or a dumpling?” impress them with your Einstein level pierogi knowledge.

Smart AND delicious.

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