Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A semicircular dumpling with any of various fillings, such as finely chopped meat or vegetables, that is often sautéed after being boiled.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A square- or crescent-shaped dumpling of unleavened dough, stuffed with sauerkraut, cheese, mashed potatoes, cabbage, onion, meat, or any combination of these, or with a fruit filling.

Etymologies

Polish, pl. of pieróg, dumpling, and Russian pirogi, pl. of pirog.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Polish pierogi, singular pieróg, or Ukrainian пироги (pyrohý), singular пиріг (pyríh). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The word pierogi is plural for a reason; one is never enough.

    In praise of… pierogi | Editorial

  • The Polish agree that what we call a pierogi is actually that, but the Russian pirogi also called pirozhki or piroshki are actually small buns made with a yeast or short dough.

    quick potato pierogi | smitten kitchen

  • What we call pierogi, the Russian would consider vareniki.

    quick potato pierogi | smitten kitchen

  • In Poland these would be described as pierogi, or in Russia, as pelmeni - basically they were little half moons of a pasta-like dough wrapped around a great cherry filling.

    at last, cherry dumplings

  • There one could also find a special kind of pierogi, large chewy kreplach: fist-sized dumplings filled with seasoned stew meat and onions before being boiled, baked, then fried, the last step glazing and toughening them like bagels.

    ‘The Zookeeper’s Wife’

  • "Our menu includes crowd favorites such as pierogi, haluski and cabbage rolls."

    The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA Homepage

  • "pierogi" is polish for pierogi like chef boyardee chicken ravioliPierogis are the Polish answer to the filled dumpling, much like Italians have ravioli, Chinese have won tons, Koreans have mahn-doo, and Argentineans have empanadas.

    Archive 2006-06-01

  • Artist hopes a pierogi will rise in Northeast (Abby Simons).

    2010 January « Biodork

  • It also knocks on the head the notion that fast food is a North American phenomenon, but for too long pierogi were displaced by the superior marketing of McDonald's.

    In praise of… pierogi | Editorial

  • Polish pierogi, a cross between a doughy dumpling and Italian ravioli or tortellini, are not to be confused with the Russian pirozhki, a baked bun stuffed with savoury or sweet fillings.

    In praise of… pierogi | Editorial

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  • GOOD GOD, I love these.

    November 28, 2007

  • Up in Karelia anyway it was a flattish bread made from potatoes, sometimes filled with rice. Resembled the Finnish piirakka.

    November 28, 2007

  • Not seen this as a bread before. Always dumplings.

    November 28, 2007

  • A potato bread in Russia, more of a dumpling in the Czech republic.

    November 28, 2007