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Talk about a recipe that takes inspiration from all around the globe. The perogy hails from Poland, but apparently the cheddar cheese in the filling is a very Canadian tradition (I always thought that’s just the way perogies were, although I’ve also always assumed everyone in the world has cheddar cheese at their daily disposal). The kale was inspired by an Irish mashed potato dish called colcannon. To add another country to the mix, I served this with Italian sausage.
There are so many ways to serve perogies, they make a great dish for a host to serve. Lay out a smorgasbord of toppings like sour cream, chives, bacon bits, caramelized onions and so on. According to some sources, there are 100 ways to eat a perogy. I always like the sour cream treatment. What about you?
There are also 100 ways to spell perogy. Well, twelve according to wikipedia today, but that is a hell of a lot of ways to spell one word: perogi, pyrogy, perogie, perogy, pirohi, piroghi, pirogi, pirogen, pierogy, pirohy, pyrogie, and pyrohy. Crazy. It seems to be a regional thing. In Canada, we call them perogies … at least, that’s what I call them.
When I was in Winnipeg a few years ago (a Canadian hotspot of perogies because of all the Ukrainian heritage and Mennonites), there was a dumpling festival. It celebrated the coming together of cultures in Winnipeg and emphasized the point that many cultures have a form of dumpling. Ever since that dumpling festival I’ve been amazed at how many times I find some kind of dumpling in a cultural cuisine. Let’s name some: gnocchi and ravioli (Italy), grandpere (Quebec), samosa (India), sambusa (Ethiopia and area), wonton (Hong Kong), dim sum (China) and pot sticker or gyozo (Japan/China). That’s all I know but I’m sure there are way more. I’m positive I’ve had a form of dumpling served in Mexican cuisine. Can you name that dumpling? Please.
I’m going to be taking a break from posting a playlist for every recipe, however, fear not, I’ll still post a video or song that I’ve really been digging. I don’t think enough effort has been put into the playlists lately and I’m trying to focus more on the writing and photography right now. Man, it is really tough to choose because there are a ton of really awesome music vids out there. Today’s video is from a rad group from California called Cayucas (formerly Oregon Bike Trails). They’ve been signed to Secretely Canadian and just put out their new album. As soon as I heard this song I was hooked and caught myself dancing around a bit. Check out “High School Lover” (directed by Cameron Dutra, youtube won’t allow me to embed the video this time).
The Worldly (Kale-Onion-Potato) Perogy
(Recipe adapted from about.com)
Makes about 2 dozen perogies.