Happy Easter! Easter food is so delicious. When I was young, my favorite Easter food was pierogi. I’ve re-created our old family recipe into a Grain Free Paleo Pierogi that is almost more delicious than it’s traditional counterpart.
In the days before Easter, my grandma did a lot of cooking. She would spend a whole day in the kitchen preparing food for our family’s Easter dinner. It would take almost an entire day to create enough pierogi to feed the family because we could eat so many. I have the best memories of helping my grandma rolling homemade dough, cutting little circles and filling them with potato and cheese, slightly sweet farmers cheese, or sauerkraut and mushroom. On Easter we would fry these delicious dumplings in butter. For Easter dinner we enjoy other traditional dishes such as baked sauerkraut and polish sausage, deviled eggs, and ham.
I think the sweet varieties of pierogi are the most challenging to make healthy because of the sugar (but then again I’m biased on reducing sugar 😉 ZenSweet makes an easy and tasty way to remove sugar from sweet farmers cheese, and fruit filled pierogi. The filling I use in today’s recipe is for a sweet farmers cheese to showcase ZenSweet but honestly you can fill this delicious Paleo/Grain Free dough with any filling you choose (some of my favorites are potato cheese, and sauerkraut mushroom).
Pierogi (pih-ROH-ghee) are filled dumplings of Eastern European origin made by wrapping unleavened dough around a savory or sweet filling and cooking in boiling water. These dumplings are popular in West Slavic (Polish, Slovak and Czech), Hungarian, East Slavic (Belarusian and western Ukrainian), some Baltic and other Central and Eastern European cuisines where they are known under their local names. However, pierogi are especially almost always associated with Poland and Slovakia where they are considered national dishes.
Again, you can fill pierogi with many different ingredients depending on your eating style and preference.
Typical fillings include potato, sauerkraut, ground meat, cheese and fruits. The dumplings may be served with a topping, such as melted butter, sour cream or fried onions or a combination of those ingredients.
Everyone loves pierogi, especially kids, and you can sneak some healthy ingredients inside. It takes a little extra time to create this dish, but I promise you it is worth every minute. This is a fool proof Grain Free dough recipe and you can make a double batch and freeze the pierogi before or after the boiling step.
We hope you have a sun-filled, joyous day…Happy Easter from the ZenSweet Family!