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My fam­i­ly is Pol­ish, and if there’s one thing I know, it’s piero­gies. They are the main sta­ple to fam­i­ly hol­i­day meals. We always have a vari­ety of pierogi choic­es on hand, and there isn’t ever any left­overs to be had. We’re pret­ty seri­ous about our piero­gies. Which is why today is a great freak­ing day. It’s Nation­al Pierogi Day! A day in which to cel­e­brate the glo­ri­ous, won­der­ful, scrump­tious pierogi!

For those of you who don’t real­ly know, a pierogi is basi­cal­ly a dumpling stuffed with an end­less vari­ety of fill­ings. Fill­ings can range any­where from sweet to savory, any­thing your lit­tle heart desires. The cur­rent run­ning favorite fill­ings in my fam­i­ly are sauer­kraut and pork, cot­tage cheese, spinach and lamb, and the clas­sic pota­to. You can have them boiled, baked, or fried. My fam­i­ly boils them, then fries them so they get all crispy gold­en in but­ter. YUM!

Look at dem pierogies go!

Look at those piero­gies go!

One thing that I real­ly like about Pitts­burgh is the fact that it loves its piero­gies too! If you’ve ever been to a Pirates base­ball game, you know what I’m talk­ing about. Each game there’s a Pierogi Race. Pitts­burgh loves piero­gies so much that it has 5 cos­tumed mas­cots race around the field… just because! They even have an offi­cial page on the Pirates web­site. They all have names and stats of how many races they’ve won. Crazy! Pitts­burgh even has it’s own Pierogi Food Truck. I’ve had them, and they were del­ish.

So, I’ve just real­ized that I’ve been say­ing ‘piero­gies’ as plu­ral of ‘pierogi’. Here’s a fun fact: the word pierogi is actu­al­ly already plu­ral in the Pol­ish lan­guage. It’s the orig­i­nal ‘betcha can’t eat just one’! Also, there are many MANY dif­fer­ent spelling of the word pierogi:  per­ogi, pier­o­gy, per­o­gy, pierógi, pyro­hy, pirogi, pyro­gie, pyr­o­gy, and even Pierożki. Whoa, where did that ‘Z’ come from? Oh, us sil­ly Polski’s got­ta stick them in every­thing!

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I luvz da lit­tle piero­gies. I luvz dem good!

But seri­ous­ly, do you want to know why Octo­ber 8th is Nation­al Pierogi Day?  It was the day in 1952 when Ted Twardzik Sr. found­ed Mrs. T’s Piero­gies and pro­duced the first sam­ples for a local gro­cery store. Mrs. T’s, by the way, is the largest pro­duc­er of pierogi in the US. USAUSA!

Wan­na know some­thing else that’s cool? Piero­gies have their own patron saint! Oh yeah, Saint Hyacinth! There’s a Pol­ish say­ing, “Świę­ty Jacek z pierogami!”, (St. Hyacinth and his pierogi!) which is an old expres­sion of sur­prise, rough­ly equiv­a­lent to the Amer­i­can “good grief” or “holy smokes!” Looks like I just found my new favorite say­ing.

Wan­na know how much I love piero­gies? I real­ly REALLY wish I had writ­ten this Ode to Pierogi.

So today, get out there and track down the near­est pol­ish grand­ma (cause we all know that only gramma’s make them the best) and stuff your face with lit­tle pock­ets of good­ness! You know I will!

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