Polish Potato Dumplings (Kopytka)

Polish Potato Dumplings (Kopytka), similar to Italian gnocchi, are made with mashed potatoes and flour. The difference is with the toppings! You can serve these simple, incredibly comforting dumplings with whatever you fancy! Caramelized onions, pieces of crispy bacon, stews, or mushroom sauce are just some of the options!

Polish Potato Dumplings (Kopytka)

If you’re new to Polish food, all you need to know is that kopytka are simple potato dumplings made just with 3 ingredients – mashed potatoes, flour, and egg! They are very similar to Italian gnocchi – the only difference is with the toppings. Polish Potato Dumplings are usually served with caramelized onion, pieces of crispy bacon, pork and beef stews, mushroom sauce, or buttered breadcrumbs. Well, the truth is you can eat these beautiful dumplings however you like! 🙂

There are so many different dishes made with potatoes in Polish cuisine. You’d be surprised! 😅 I can’t wait to share more with you! Potato Dumplings are definitely an old-school classic.

I especially love fried kopytka. They get a little bit crispy, and the butter flavor is amazing!

Why Kopytka make a great comfort food:

  1. Easy and quick to make! This is a perfect recipe for using leftover potatoes!
  2. 3 inexpensive ingredients are all you need!
  3. Taste delicious alone or as a side dish.
  4. Reheat well!
  5. You can enjoy them right after boiling when they’re light and soft.
  6. But you can also fry them in butter until golden brown and crispy.

Nice, right? 🙂

Polish Potato Dumplings (Kopytka)

How to make it

The recipe is easy and you won’t spend hours in the kitchen! Plus, all you need are just 3 ingredients. The rest depends on you and how you want to serve your kopytka. I served mine with a beef stew – a really good combo! I’ll publish the recipe for this beef stew on Wednesday! 🙂

Here’s what you need:

  1. Mashed potatoes – simple, plain cooked potatoes.
  2. Flour – regular, wheat flour. The amount of flour you should add depends a lot of the potatoes itself.
  3. Egg – one small egg is enough. Some people find it optional, but I always add it.
  4. Water and salt – to boil the dumplings.

Tips to make the best Polish Potato Dumplings:

  1. Cook potatoes, mash them and wait until they cool down. Then mash them again to avoid any bigger pieces of potatoes in the dough. You can use leftover potatoes as long as they’re not mixed with milk and butter.
  2. The dough shouldn’t be super sticky, but don’t add too much flour. Less flour = softer dumplings. Just add enough so the dough isn’t super sticky.
  3. The water in which you cook dumplings should be really salty as you don’t add salt to the dough. I usually add 1-2 tablespoons of salt to the water.
  4. Kopytka can be served right away after boiling, but for me, they are the best when fried in butter until golden!
  5. If you notice that cooked dumplings are sticky, drizzle them with a little bit of oil.

I love potato dumplings! And I think you’ll love it too!

Polish Potato Dumplings (Kopytka)
Polish Potato Dumplings (Kopytka)

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Polish Potato Dumplings (Kopytka), similar to Italian gnocchi, are made with mashed potatoes and flour. The difference is with the toppings!

Kopytka

Yields2 Servings
Prep Time5 minsCook Time15 minsTotal Time20 mins

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In all my recipes 1 teaspoon equals 5 ml, 1 tablespoon equals 20 ml, 1 cup equals 250 ml. Spoons and cups are lightly packed.

 500 g Potatoes
 100 g Flour
 1 Egg
 1 tbsp Salt
 2 tbsp Butter (optional)

1

Boil the potatoes in salted water until tender. Mash potatoes and let them cool down. Then mash again.

2

Place the potatoes in a bowl. Add flour and egg.

3

Knead by hand until the ingredients are combined and the dough is formed. The dough shouldn't be super sticky, but it shouldn't be hard either.

4

Dust a working surface with flour. Transfer the dough to the surface and divide into 4 pieces. Roll each piece into a long cylinder and slice into smaller pieces. Repeat until you use up all the dough.

5

Bring a large pot of water to boil. Add 1 tbsp of salt.

6

Add dumplings - don't add too many at the same time, cook them in batches.

7

When the dumplings start to float on top, cook them for 3 minutes.

8

Remove dumplings from the water using a slotted spoon.

9

Serve dumplings right away or follow the next step.

10

Heat a large pan with 2 tablespoons of butter. Add dumplings and fry until golden.

Ingredients

 500 g Potatoes
 100 g Flour
 1 Egg
 1 tbsp Salt
 2 tbsp Butter (optional)

Directions

1

Boil the potatoes in salted water until tender. Mash potatoes and let them cool down. Then mash again.

2

Place the potatoes in a bowl. Add flour and egg.

3

Knead by hand until the ingredients are combined and the dough is formed. The dough shouldn't be super sticky, but it shouldn't be hard either.

4

Dust a working surface with flour. Transfer the dough to the surface and divide into 4 pieces. Roll each piece into a long cylinder and slice into smaller pieces. Repeat until you use up all the dough.

5

Bring a large pot of water to boil. Add 1 tbsp of salt.

6

Add dumplings - don't add too many at the same time, cook them in batches.

7

When the dumplings start to float on top, cook them for 3 minutes.

8

Remove dumplings from the water using a slotted spoon.

9

Serve dumplings right away or follow the next step.

10

Heat a large pan with 2 tablespoons of butter. Add dumplings and fry until golden.

Polish Potato Dumplings (Kopytka)

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5 Comments

  1. Aritha 16 May 2019 at 06:58

    Love it Ewa. Also translated in Dutch it is good to read.

    Reply
    1. Ewa 16 May 2019 at 08:55

      Thank you 🙂

      Reply
    1. Ewa 17 May 2019 at 08:22

      Thank you! 🙂

      Reply

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