Tonight I made up a batch of potato & cheese pierogi for Christmas. I’ve got them freezing on plates like this. Once they’re well frozen, I’ll transfer them to freezer bags. If you simply try to freeze them in bags, you’re apt to wind up with one big pierogi as they tend to stick together.
When I was growing up, there were always pierogi and cabbage rolls and meat sticks (patychky) served at Christmas, and we always had a big coil of kielbasa from Czehoski. Czehoski is gone now, but there is still some excellent sausage available in Toronto.
When I have time to do it, I like to make some of the Polish foods at Christmas. It reminds me of those days growing up, and reminds me of my mom and dad. I don’t know how much I’ll have time to do this year, but I’ll do my best.
My brother has strongly suggested I make up a roaster of cabbage rolls. I’m working Christmas Eve morning this year, but if I organize my self, maybe I can make up some that afternoon/evening (it takes a long time). One of the best things about cabbage rolls is that they are excellent as left-overs – just warm them up in the oven and you’re in business.