Poland’s most famous dumplings, pierogi, are tremendously versatile. The semi-circular pockets can be stuffed with sauerkraut, fruit or cheese; topped with butter, sour cream or fried onions and served as an appetizer, main course or dessert.

This version, provided by Barbara Riembesa-Carter, is made with mushrooms. But in keeping with tradition, the ingredient list doesn’t include eggs, which can make the dough more rigid when cooked.

— Hanna Raskin

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Eating all of the chicken livers just as fast as I can.