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Pierogi-time at 27th Street


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.



  1. Salvelinas Fontinalis

    Like beer, cabbage rolls arent just for breakfast anymore!
    Most folks dont know that the world of horticulture has developed at least one variety of cabbage that was specifically selected over the years to be used for cabbage rolls. The issue is that thick spine that runs up the center of a cabbage leaf that makes rolling the leaf difficult. The cabbage roll variety has a much much thinner spine that doesnt frustrate efforts to roll the thing. I havent actually seen one of these cabbages but I have seen the seeds you need to grow them.

    Not very long ago you could buy a jumbo cabbage in Ontario at pretty much any grocer that would weigh in at 8 pounds or more for 99 cents and cabbage farmers took pride in producing these tasty giants. Then one of the province’s largest cabbage producers retired and caused an immediate cabbage shortage. This was not lost on the grocery industry which immediately fired up the greed machine and started to charge by the pound for cabbage. 59 cents/pound. Lord Jesus that 8+ pound cabbage suddenly cost 5 bucks and customers refused to buy them. Did the grocery industry revert to 99 cents each? Nooooooo. Their answer was smaller cabbages to keep the high per pound price but reduce the total price. Sort of the same concept that caused the half gallon carton of ice cream go from 2 quarts to 2 liters, to 1.8 liters to 1.5 liters while keeping the price the same or higher. Now it is hard to buy a decent cabbage in Ontario. Since the grocery chains want wee tiny cabbages the farmers are growing wee tiny cabbages and you pretty much have to find a small fruit market or Chinese grocer if you want a full size cabbage.

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