Pirozhki are one of the Russian versions of Polish Pierogi.
Instead of being simmered in water to cook them, they are baked (or fried), stuffed buns.
They are usually half-moon shaped.
Savoury ones might have fillings such as meat, mushroom, rice, onion, chopped egg, cabbage, etc. Sweet ones might have fruit, jam, quark cheese, etc.
Pirozhki can be served with soup, or as part of an hors d’oeuvres (zakuska) course. They are also sold as street food, as they are easy to eat out of hand.
Very large Pirozhki, large enough to feed several people, are called “Kilebiaka.”
Literature & Lore
On the third day after the wedding, it was traditional for the bride in Russia to make pirozhki.
“Pirozhki”, from “Pirog” meaning pie and “pirozhki” being the diminutive, “little pies.”
Pirojok is the singular.