Polish Kopytka (Potato Dumplings)

"This is a very simple and traditional Polish recipe. Its very similar to Italian Gnocchi. There are 2 toppings included with the dumpling recipe."
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  • Peel and boil the potatoes in salted water until they are tender.
  • Drain the potatoes and allow them to cool.
  • Process the potatoes through a ricer (or just mash them until there are no lumps)
  • Place the potatoes in a bowl.
  • Add about 1 1/2 cup of flour, 1 egg, and about 1/4 teaspoon of salt.
  • Mix by hand until the ingredients are combined.
  • Add more flour, as needed, until the mixture becomes a soft dough consistency.
  • Flour a flat working surface, transfer the dough to the surface, and knead the dough until it is smooth and pliable.
  • Cut a small chunk of the dough and using your hands roll it out into a "snake" that is about 1 inch thick.
  • Cut the rolled out dough on a diagonal into approximately 1/2 inch pieces.
  • Repeat until you have the desired amount of pieces or you use up all the dough.
  • Boil water in a large pot.
  • When the water boils add salt.
  • Drop the dough pieces into the boiling water. Do not overcrowd the pot.
  • Allow the pieces to float to the surface and boil for another 3-5 minutes.
  • Remove the kopytka from the water using a slotted spoon.
  • Repeat until all are cooked.
  • Serve with one of the toppings listed below or with mushroom gravy.

  • Melt butter in a pan.
  • Add the onions and a pinch of salt and pepper.
  • Saute the onions until they are a nice golden color.
  • Serve over the kopytka.

  • Melt butter into a pan.
  • Add breadcrumbs.
  • Allow the breadcrumbs to brown slightly.
  • The consistency of this mixture should be moist, yet crumbly.
  • Add more butter melted butter if needed.
  • Serve over the kopytka.

Questions & Replies

  1. Has anyone made potato dumplings with raw grated potatoes? All 4 of my grandparents were polish 100%. Both grandfathers from Poland. Both families made the dumplings with fine grated raw potatoes rather than cooked. They were spoon dropped into boiling water and then used in 2 different ways. Either fried with onion, saltpork, keilbasa, and saurkraut, or used as dumplings in soup.
  2. I think the other name of these are 'sine kluski'- my favorite, but I don't remember the correct ingredients and proportions. Can you post a recipe?


  1. 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!
  2. 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!
  3. Fry them up on a pan with butter next day until they get a little crispy on each side! Of course if you have some left over :) my favorite was always the day after they're made..
  4. 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.
  5. My grandmother made these from leftover mashed potatoes, and I'd like to try them. Can anyone estimate how much of the already mashed potatoes I should use? The instructions say five ( medium?) potatoes, boiled and mashed. About how many cups of potatoes did you end up with? I'm guessing 3ish? Hope someone who has made this can help.


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