Dumplings is a perfect dish for Christmas time. The whole family get together around the festive table and leisurely enjoy a meal while discussing the latest news.

There is a belief that it’s necessary to sit down to a table with the first star twinkle in the sky, while the number of dishes on the Christmas table predicts what a well-fed and rich year will it be.

Pierogi are not just Ukrainian national dish. Pierogi are like a star of international scale in the constellation of traditional recipes.

Pierogi with Pope

You’ll please even the pickiest guests. Variety of pierogi fillings will satisfy each and everyone!

There is also a tradition to cook Pierogi with small surprises inside, and it works as a kind of prediction. Thus, a coin predicts money, a nut stands for admirers and a button promises new outfits.

I have a recipe of dumplings with poppy. That sounds quite extravagant, doesn’t it? For those who like sweet Pierogi. As for surprises, to put or not, it’s up to you, but one thing I can predict for sure, it will taste delicious for sure.

Here’s one more recipe from our book that we created together with Aleksey Shvets ‘Pierogi. More than a Book, Less than a National Cuisine Guide’.

Pierogi with Pope
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  • 500 g dough
  • 300 g poppy
  • 350 ml milk
  • 100 g sugar
  • For decoration:
  • 100 g butter
  1. Rinse well the poppy. Mince 2-3 times through a meat grinder or mash by blender.
  2. Put the poppies into a saucepan, add sugar and pour the milk.
  3. Cook at medium heat, stirring constantly until complete evaporation of milk.
  4. There is another way to cook poppy. Cover the saucepan with foil and make 5-6 holes.
  5. Bake at 180 degrees until complete evaporation of milk. Chill the poppies.
  6. Divide dough into 2-3 equal parts, roll out each piece into a circle of 1-1.5 mm thick.
  7. Cut out circles of dough with a round glass.
  8. Fill each circle with stuffing and close up.
  9. Put ready-made pierogi on a floured surface. Cook the pierogi in salted boiling water.
  10. Cook until they come to surface, approximately for 5-7 minutes.
  11. Put ready-made pierogi into a bowl and pour with butter oil. Bon appétit!

Pierogi. More than a book, less than a national taste guide


More than book, less than a national taste guide

You can find more recipes for Christmas pierogi in my new book ‘Pierogi. More than a Book, Less than a National Cuisine Guide’.

Ukrainian culture combines ancient Greek traditions, incredible eastern flows and serious Western accents.  Due to the unique geographical location, Ukraine could take the traditions of ancient nations and thus create its own.

And it’s not a surprise at all that today we want to share 35 unique recipes of national dishes – pierogi. This simple dish can easily adapt to any kitchen.

That’s not an ordinary book that you can buy. That’s a unique national cuisine guide. And when you’ve immersed yourself in Ukrainian cuisine, you’ll be pleasantly surprised at how delicious and modern all the recipes are. You’ll fall in love with them, and cook again and again.