Baked piroshki stuffed with meat, mushroom, rice and onions
, plural form of pirozhok
, literally a "small pie"), also transliterated as piroshki
) or pyrizhky
), are a Russian puff pastry which consists of individual-sized baked or fried buns stuffed with a variety of fillings. The stress in pirozhki
is properly placed on the last syllable: [pʲirɐʂˈkʲi]
, singular) is the diminutive
form of the Russian pirog
(пирог), which refers to a full-sized pie
. (Unless the full-sized pie is called by the diminutive name for purely stylistic reasons.) Pirozhki are not to be confused with the pierogi
of Ukraine, Poland, and Slovakia (Eastern Europe
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 or giblets
. Sweet-based fillings could include stewed or fresh fruit (apples, cherries, apricots, chopped lemon, etc.), jam, quark
or cottage cheese
. 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.
Variations on the use of yeast dough can be American style pie crust short dough or multilayered pastry dough similar to that found in croissants. Read more...