Milwaukee has its brat race. Pittsburgh has people dressed up as pierogies – hello, Jalapeno Hanna – race around PNC Park on summer nights in baseball season.
That’s how important the pan-fried, microwaved or even grilled edible is to Pittsburghers: The stuffed pasta delicacies are welcome at Pirates, Penguins, college football and -- most of all -- Steelers tailgates.
Potato, onion, cheese, you name it, these treats are consumed around Pittsburgh at a rate 11 times higher than any other U.S. city, according to one survey. Doused in butter, slathered in onions or sour cream - no 'Burgh bash is complete without this version of comfort food.
At Lviv European Deli in Coraopolis, Nadia Gordan and her daughter, Galina Romanyuk, show Moon Patch contributor Lizabeth Gray how to craft and stuff these little envelopes in anticipation of Sunday's super feasts. Their more exotic fillings include sauerkraut and prune, but their biggest seller by far is potato and cheese.