My greatest life achievement is getting Ukrainian Grandma Certification for pierogis. Traditionally, Ukrainian grandmas are the best cooks around. They carry culture and cuisine through generations, passing on stories and memories. Gaining approval on dishes means you are worthy of passing on Ukrainian culture.
Since childhood, I have been training in the art of the pierogi. It is a hand made dough stuffed with potato, cherries, meat or anything you want. Once you have formed the crescent shape, you drop it in a big pot of boiling water, wait for them to rise, scoop them out, dress them in melted butter, and enjoy with a dollop of sour cream. Yummmmy!
I recommend that you try this at home. You can join me in the kitchen by watching my homemade video – and you get to learn how to say pierogi in Ukrainian!
For the lazy New Yorker with a kitchen too tiny to cook in, check out Veselka on the corner of E 9th and 2nd. If you find yourself craving delicious Ukrainian food in the middle of the night (hint hint, wink wink), have no fear because the restaurant is open 24 hours.
Cмачногo ("Smachnoho" AKA Bon Appetit)!