Jennie’s Homemade Pierogies
I was told at one time this area held a very large population of Polish immigrants. Driving around the neighborhood streets, I saw quite a few Polish names of businesses. At the grocery store I saw a frozen bin of something called pasties which I later learned were meat pies. On a shelf there were several different size bags of Kluski egg noodles. I also saw a sign for fresh pierogies.
I asked a friend who happens to be Polish about pierogies. She directed me to a local shop called “Jennie’s Homemade Pieorgies” which I discovered has been around this area since 1988 and is owned by sisters. Their mother, having immigrated from Poland, taught them well how to take care of themselves.
Pierogies are a kind of dumpling. They remind me of an Asian dumpling or Italian dumpling such as ravioli. They started making their pierogies at home, then with help from neighbors and as demand became greater, their business began to grow. They at one time had three shops.
Today you can order a variety of pierogies filled with such savory tastes 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. Yum!
AUTHOR: SHARON SMITH
Sharon Smith was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest (USA) and owned a healthcare uniform business for many years. She also lived in Japan but presently resides in Michigan. She blogs about her experiences and observations touching on culture, lifestyle, and the people around her.