My wife grew up outside of Philadelphia in a family with deep Eastern European roots. When we moved to Minneapolis, she wasn’t concerned about the cold. The lack of fresh pierogi in the supermarket however had her rethinking her relocation.

“Where can I get pierogi?”

On Fridays when the weather is cool, they can be found at Saint Constantine Ukrainian Catholic Church. Volunteers have been making pyrohy (the Ukrainian word for pierogi) by hand here since the early 1960s as a fundraiser for the church. Handmade PyrohyIt’s a labor-intensive job but they seem to have it down. One by one volunteers fill and fold little pillows of either potato and cheese or sauerkraut. The results are so good my wife can now fear the coming cold with a warm plate of pyrohy (with sautéed onions and sour cream, of course).

St Constantine Ukrainian Catholic Church serves a pyrohy lunch most Fridays during non-summer months. The public is invited to dine in or buy a bag to go.

Where’s your favorite pierogi? Leave a comment below and let us know where we can find a good one.