Jennie’s Homemade Pierogies
At one time this area had a very large population of Polish immigrants. Driving around the neighborhood streets, you could see quite a few Polish names of businesses. At the grocery store, there was a bin of frozen pasties which I later learned were meat pies. Also on a shelf, there were several different size bags of Kluski egg noodles and I saw a sign for fresh pierogies.
I asked a friend who I discovered was Polish about pierogies. She directed me to a local shop called “Jennie’s Homemade Pierogies”. It was owned by sisters. Their mother and they had been in business in the area since 1988. Having immigrated from Poland, they were taught well how to take care of themselves by making and selling pierogies.
Pierogies are a kind of dumpling. They remind me of an Asian dumpling in a way or perhaps an Italian dumpling such as ravioli. At first, they started making their pierogies at home, then with help from neighbors and as the demand became greater, their business began to grow until at one time they had three shops.
Today you can order a variety of pierogies filled with savory tastes such as onions, mushrooms, cheese, potatoes, sauerkraut, and more. They are first boiled, then flash frozen. You can also buy fresh or smoked local kielbasa.
Pierogies are easy to prepare pan-fried in butter until slightly browned. Served with the kielbasa and a side of stuffed cabbage or salad, they make quite the meal. This is dinner one evening prepared by my daughter Mikaela. Yum!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Sharon Smith was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest (USA); owned a healthcare uniform business for many years. She also lived in Japan and presently resides in Michigan. She blogs about her experiences and shared observations touching on culture, lifestyle, and the people around her.