Learn to Make Pierogi in Poland

Most folks don’t realize, mostly because my husband and I own an Italian restaurant in Northern California, that I am actually only of half Italian decent. My other half is full-on Polish. Being surrounded by ravioli, bruschetta and tiramisu (one of the best foods in the world!)  while growing up had left me lost when it came to my knowledge of Polish cuisine.

I can easily whip you up a butternut squash risotto or linguine with clams, but if you ask me to make barszcz or sernik, I would be completely lost. So, when the opportunity came to learn how to make a traditional Polish dish while in Warsaw, I jumped at the chance. 

I was going to learn how to make pierogi in Poland.
Eating Pierogi in Warsaw, Poland

Traveling to Warsaw was going to be an cultural experience on so many levels, but I didn’t know that learning how to cook a piece of my heritage would be one of them. Hurrah to unexpected and tasty food experiences.

Our pierogi class was being taught by Michal of Polish Your Cooking. This is him. Cute, no? And he can cook.

I was ready to learn.

Michal of Polish Your Cooking Class

Immediately when we arrived, before we even started cooking a thing, appetizers lined the table: beetroot, blood sausage, pate, head cheese, ham, kielbasa, etc… To top it off, while noshing on our local charcuterie and such, cherry vodka was served.

I like the direction this cooking class was heading.

Charcuterie at a Polish Cooking Class in Warsaw
Vodka served at a Polish Pierogi Cooking Class in Warsaw

After introductions, appetizers and a light vodka buzz it was time to start cooking. We couldn’t just drink vodka this entire class. Could we?

Pierogi is a dumpling typically filled with either potato, sauerkraut or meat and then topped with sour cream and bacon. These Polish pillows are the national dish and have been made in Poland since the 13th century.

We would be making two types of pierogi today, meat (pork & beef) and potato.

Making Pierogi Filling at Polish Cooking Class in Warsaw

Making Pierogi at a Polish Cooking Class in Warsaw, Poland

Michal walked us through making the dough as well as each filling. Though he gave us excellent guidance, we were responsible for the work, which is an aspect I love about a cooking class. Don’t just show me, let me do it myself.

We rolled out our dough, using a glass to make the circular base for our filling. Our teacher then showed us how to probably pinch the edges to secure the filling and give our dish a decorative flair. And he gave us a shot of quince vodka while we were laboriously pinching. Two shots down…and counting.

My very first ever pierogi were ready for the pot.

Annette Making Pierogi at a Polish Cooking Class in Warsaw, Poland

Annette White making pierogi in warsaw

Peter and I plopped our pierogi into a pot of boiling water. It only took a few minutes before they were floating to the top, indicating they were ready to be dressed and eaten. 

Making Pierogi at a Polish Cooking Class in Warsaw, Poland

We sat at the table a half dozen other students. Condiments and side dishes were already waiting for us; pickled herring, oscypek (smoked sheep’s cheese), pork lard and more charcuterie. And, of course, another vodka. This time is was hazelnut, which were instructed to drink half of then fill it with cream to drink the rest. That makes three shots so far, if you are keeping track.

We topped our pierogi creation with bacon, sour cream and parsley.

It was time to sample. Delicious.

My favorite one was my own creating where I mixed the potato and meat together to form one perfect pierogi.

Pierogi made with Polish Your Cooking in Warsaw

 

Towards the end of our dinner a bitter stomach vodka was served which was said will help digest all the amounts of pierogi we just ate. 

One, two, three, FOUR shots. 

Pączki Polish donuts for dessert in Warsaw

Polish Your Cooking couldn’t let us leave without partaking in a traditional Polish Dessert, Pączki – a donut filled with rose jam. The evening or dessert wouldn’t be complete unless they end us with one more shot, a bison grass vodka. That makes five. My stomach is full and I’m feeling no pain.

My trip to Warsaw was hosted by Fall in Love With Warsaw, but all opinions are my own.




2017-04-27T21:54:21+00:00 Categories: Europe, FOOD, Poland, TRAVEL|Tags: , , |

16 Comments

  1. Intakt Reisen October 7, 2015 at 5:23 am - Reply

    Hey Annette,

    I am very hungry now and going to cook the same.. By the way I am very poor in cooking 🙁 .. Your Pierogi looking awesome..

    • Annette White October 7, 2015 at 8:16 am - Reply

      My pierogi would not have been half as good if I did not have an expert teacher watching me the entire time!

  2. anil_traveller October 10, 2015 at 7:20 am - Reply

    Lovely post, Annette! perhaps the first Polish dish I know of. Btw, love the tagline on the aprons! 😉

    • Annette White October 10, 2015 at 10:36 pm - Reply

      This may be the first…and the best Polish dish I know of 🙂

  3. Harry Connor October 12, 2015 at 12:29 am - Reply

    Thanks for letting me visualize for a few minutes about this awesome dish. I will try this at my home. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  4. Doni October 20, 2015 at 1:30 am - Reply

    woohoo!! Who doesn’t love a good Pirogi, yours are almost perfectly formed!!! Cheers to the Polish for making such an awesome dish, even the gluten free ones. 🙂

  5. India Tour Packages October 21, 2015 at 1:41 am - Reply

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  6. Izy Berry October 27, 2015 at 3:42 pm - Reply

    Incredible experienced anette it seems you had a lot of fun

    • Annette White October 28, 2015 at 8:58 am - Reply

      It was really fun, especially since I do enjoy cooking, specifically when someone else is doing the dishes!

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  8. Namaste India April 4, 2016 at 3:08 am - Reply

    Delicious post. Easy to understand and with great description . Looks like its easy to make it.

  9. Sarah June 4, 2016 at 7:51 am - Reply

    Useful post! The first Poland dish I know and I will make it for my family. It’s quite easy to make and It looks so delicious.

  10. Alison June 14, 2016 at 11:24 am - Reply

    Actually I’m from Poland and I love your blog! One thing- this cheese is called “Oscypek”

    • Annette White June 14, 2016 at 12:31 pm - Reply

      You certainly live it a beautiful country!! Thanks for the cheese correction 🙂

  11. wtglimo August 14, 2016 at 11:21 pm - Reply

    I like this blog. thanks for the blog. it was very informative and the pictures are captured very beautifully.

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