Today marks the 6th anniversary of National Pierogi Day in America!
In honor of the event, Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, will attempt to set the record for the World’s Largest Pierogi today. The giant dumpling is the creation of their executive chef Richard Marmion and assistant executive chef Adam Tharpe. Together, they will be whipping up a potato and Cheddar pierogi that weighs more than 110 pounds – the minimum weight required to set the record.
Pierogies first debuted in the United States a little over 100 years ago with an influx of central and Eastern European immigrants who loved to cook the comfort food from home. It was first invented as a way to spice up leftovers. The dumplings of unleavened dough – first boiled, then baked or fried, are traditionally stuffed with potato filling, sauerkraut, ground meat, cheese, or fruit.
Pierogies, also known as Polish Dumplings, were mostly a staple of Polish and European immigrants until the early 1950’s, when Mary Twardzik – also known as Mrs. T, founder of Mrs. T’s Pierogies, and her son, Ted, used to gather around the kitchen table to make pierogies for their church and decided to take their love of the food to the next level. Seeing how popular they were, Ted suspected they would surely be a hit at his local grocery store. So on October 8, 1952, he produced the very first samples of Mrs. T’s Pierogies, and the rest, as they say, is history.
Now, over 60 years later, Mrs. T’s Pierogies is the largest producer of frozen pierogies in the United States.
Interested in cooking them yourself? Jenny Jones has a great pierogi recipe: