Polish Kopytka (Potato Dumplings)

Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 5 mins

This is a very simple and traditional Polish recipe. Its very similar to Italian Gnocchi. There are 2 toppings included with the dumpling recipe.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Peel and boil the potatoes in salted water until they are tender.
  2. Drain the potatoes and allow them to cool.
  3. Process the potatoes through a ricer (or just mash them until there are no lumps)
  4. Place the potatoes in a bowl.
  5. Add about 1 1/2 cup of flour, 1 egg, and about 1/4 teaspoon of salt.
  6. Mix by hand until the ingredients are combined.
  7. Add more flour, as needed, until the mixture becomes a soft dough consistency.
  8. Flour a flat working surface, transfer the dough to the surface, and knead the dough until it is smooth and pliable.
  9. Cut a small chunk of the dough and using your hands roll it out into a "snake" that is about 1 inch thick.
  10. Cut the rolled out dough on a diagonal into approximately 1/2 inch pieces.
  11. Repeat until you have the desired amount of pieces or you use up all the dough.
  12. Boil water in a large pot.
  13. When the water boils add salt.
  14. Drop the dough pieces into the boiling water. Do not overcrowd the pot.
  15. Allow the pieces to float to the surface and boil for another 3-5 minutes.
  16. Remove the kopytka from the water using a slotted spoon.
  17. Repeat until all are cooked.
  18. Serve with one of the toppings listed below or with mushroom gravy.
  20. Melt butter in a pan.
  21. Add the onions and a pinch of salt and pepper.
  22. Saute the onions until they are a nice golden color.
  23. Serve over the kopytka.
  25. Melt butter into a pan.
  26. Add breadcrumbs.
  27. Allow the breadcrumbs to brown slightly.
  28. The consistency of this mixture should be moist, yet crumbly.
  29. Add more butter melted butter if needed.
  30. Serve over the kopytka.
Most Helpful

As a kid I remember my grandma making these for me. I made them but instead of topping I browned them with butter and served them with pork chops. 5 stars! These are exactly like the ones she used to make and my kids loved it as much as I did. Thank you I been searching for this recipe for ever! Its going into my keeper file!

Mainewmn November 04, 2007

My husband is from Poland so I decided to make this recipe for him. Absolutely fantastic! He said it reminded him of what his grandmother used to make. We made "cracklings" from bacon to place on top along with the onions. We also had some sour cream to go with it. Yummy and easy to make. Great recipe!

Esteciak March 27, 2013

I previously tried another recipe that had milk as an ingredient. The dough was extremely sticky. This recipe does not include milk and the dough was light but not too stickyk. This recipe yielded the most tender dumplings. In addition to onion, I also included minced thick bacon that was partially cooked in the pan to fry them after they were boiled. My wife said that they were as good as her late mother's.

xyzmaestro_11376851 May 20, 2016