Pirôžky: A Slovakian Donut
While strolling around the streets of Bratislava, we came across a food cart selling Pirôžky. Without knowing exactly what they contained, we were interested in trying one. I mean, come on – some sort of deep fried donut with filling inside – Yes Please! There were tons of locals buying them – we had to join in and see what all the fuss was about.
Pirôžky (or Pirozhki), which literally translates to “small pie”, is a generic word for individual-sized baked or fried buns stuffed with a variety of fillings. These little fried pies are mostly sold out of food stalls and are often very oily, but super delicious. For many Europeans, they are a traditional comfort food.
A common variety of pirozhki are baked stuffed buns made from yeast dough and often glazed with egg to produce the common golden colour. They commonly contain meat (typically beef) or a vegetable filling (mashed potatoes, mushrooms, onions and egg, or cabbage). Pirozhki could also be stuffed with fish (e.g., salmon) or with an oatmeal filling mixed with meat. Sweet-based fillings could include stewed or fresh fruit (apples, cherries, apricots, chopped lemon, etc.) or jam. The buns may be plain and stuffed with the filling, or else be made in a free-form style with strips of dough decoratively encasing the filling.
The pirôžky that we tried was a special kind of donut fulfilled with poppy seed and marmalade. It was really tasty, and Eli LOVED it. We each had a couple bites, but the little man finished it off. At only 80c, it was definitely worth trying. I am glad that we saw this Pirôžky cart! We weren’t in Slovakia for too long and didn’t get to experience much of the local cuisine, so this was a good experience.
As you can see, little man loved the pirôžky! He eagerly stretched his arms out for us to give him the last bite. In our family, saving the last bite for someone is a very loving and self-sacrificing act!
Eli got the last bite.