Fatties, it’s snowing in Toronto and though there’s no accumulation (yet) the chilliness makes us crave one of our fave comfort foods. Hearty, rich… Pierogies!
Admittedly this post is inspired 1) by hunger and 2) by the birth of Loaded Pierogi, the new Church St pierogi centric restaurant. Oh Toronto foodies, we love the things you create. Sidenote, let it be known that this place is also a vodka bar.
Pierogies are essentially European dumplings with mixtures of mashed potato with cheese and onion, cheese and bacon or just cheese encased in a noodle pocket. Some of the most dirty delicious secrets to making good pierogies at home:
1. Sautee onions and bacon or pancetta to go on the side. Throw in some pees for some green.
2. Season with a bit of salt and pepper. Keep it simple, sweetheart.
3. Boil them quickly then pan fry them in a hot pan with a bit of butter to crisp up the outside.
4. Traditionally pierogies are accompanied by a healthy dose of sour cream to dip into. Sometimes we spice things up by adding a bit of paprika and garlic powder to the bowl. If you like heat, try a squirt of Sriracha Sauce.
If you’ve got time, make a giant batch yourself. Devour some and freeze the rest for a quick meal option. Or just check out Loaded Pierogi (9-1/2 Church St), Czehoski (678 Queen St W) or the ever traditional Cafe Polonez (195 Roncesvalles Ave).
Bundle up in your coziest flannel and get ready to warm yourself from your stomach, out. Our Eastern European food loving tastebuds are ready to get this party started.