Varenyky (also known as Perogies, Pyrohy, Pedehey or heaven on
a plate), a staple Slavic fare for centuries, are 1 of the 12 traditional
dishes for the Sviat Vechir (Christmas Eve Holy Supper). They are dumplings
stuffed with a variety of delicious fillings. In our home,
the smell of Christmas was not cinnamon and apple spice, but the
aromas of onions and mushrooms simmering in butter. Although time consuming,
they are simple to make with easy to find ingredients. This recipe
has been handed down in our family and we have added our own personal modifications.
In Ukraine, this dish is always prepared fresh. However, with time in short
supply during the holiday season, we have developed a method for
preparing the Varenyky weeks in advance and still maintain the savory taste
and freshness. For those who need help, we have put together a step by
step illustrated guide. We do not proclaim to be an expert in Ukrainian
Cuisine, but only offer this to those who never had the opportunity
to learn how to make what has to be Ukraine's national dish, Varenyky.
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