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Shlishkes – Hungarian Potato Dumplings

January 6, 2017

Perfect as a side dish, these Hungarian Potato Dumplings (Shlishkes) are made with mashed potato batter and rolled in buttered bread crumbs. They are similar to Italian Gnocchi but have some fundamental differences. So good!

Shlishkes, or Hungarian Potato Dumplings, is a perfect side dish for everyone. These little guys are made with mashed potatoes and covered in buttered bread crumbs! | cookingtheglobe.com

A few days ago I posted a recipe for the delicious Hungarian Plum-Stuffed Dumplings. If you haven’t checked them out yet, do it. They are really awesome. Today we are once again going to Hungary because I am obliged to do so! Why? Well, the thing is, when Hungarians make those plum dumplings, the leftover mashed potato batter is always used to make small breaded rolls called Shlishkes. These two dishes are like siblings, you can’t make one of them while avoiding another! I couldn’t break these traditions, so we are making Shlishkes today!

Shlishkes, or Hungarian Potato Dumplings, is a perfect side dish for everyone. These little guys are made with mashed potatoes and covered in buttered bread crumbs! | cookingtheglobe.com

These are almost the same potato dumplings but without plums + they are not meant to be served as a dessert (you still can make a dessert out of them, just roll them in sugar). Shlishkes are more like a side for the main meal, usually containing meat. That’s exactly how I served these little guys – with a pepper steak. It was lovely. Oh, one more important thing that has to be mentioned. These potato dumplings are popular not only in Hungary but among Jews all around the world!

Shlishkes, or Hungarian Potato Dumplings, is a perfect side dish for everyone. These little guys are made with mashed potatoes and covered in buttered bread crumbs! | cookingtheglobe.com

Now some of you may ask: what’s the difference between Shlishkes and Italian Gnocchi? Because these two look like the same dish. There actually are some differences, though. The Encyclopedia of Jewish Food names two of them: Shlishkes are firmer and they don’t have ridges. I can add the third one: Hungarian dumplings are first boiled then rolled in buttered bread crumbs, not sprinkled with cheese or drowned in sauces like their Italian cousins.

Shlishkes, or Hungarian Potato Dumplings, is a perfect side dish for everyone. These little guys are made with mashed potatoes and covered in buttered bread crumbs! | cookingtheglobe.com

I don’t know which version, Hungarian or Italian, originated first and I don’t think that it matters. Maybe neither of them were original founders because potato dumplings are made in many other European countries too. The most important thing is that these little guys are really delicious! Try them! Shlishkes, or Hungarian Potato Dumplings, is a perfect side dish for everyone. These little guys are made with mashed potatoes and covered in buttered bread crumbs! | cookingtheglobe.com

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Shlishkes, or Hungarian Potato Dumplings, is a perfect side dish for everyone. These little guys are made with mashed potatoes and covered in buttered bread crumbs! | cookingtheglobe.com
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Shlishkes - Hungarian Potato Dumplings
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
50 mins
Total Time
1 hrs 20 mins
 

These potato dumplings come from Hungary and they are really awesome. Made with mashed potatoes and rolled in buttered breadcrumbs, these little guys are guaranteed to become your favorites!

Cuisine: Hungarian
Servings: 6 people
Calories Per Serving: 461 kcal
Author: CookingTheGlobe
Ingredients
  • kosher salt
  • 3 lb (1350g) potatoes , unpeeled, scrubbed
  • 1 egg , lightly beaten
  • yolk of 1 egg , lightly beaten
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour , plus more as needed
  • 1 stick (115g) butter
  • 1 cup fine bread crumbs
Instructions
  1. Cook the potatoes in a lightly salted water, covered, until they are soft when pierced with a skewer. It should take about 30 minutes. Let cool, peel, and mash them in a bowl. Add the egg, egg yolk, and 1 tablespoon salt. Mix to combine. Add the flour in batches until you get a soft dough. The amount of flour needed depends on your potatoes.

  2. Transfer the dough to a well-floured surface and knead until smooth. It should be firm and not sticky.

  3. Break off walnut-sized pieces of the dough and roll each one of them between your palms to form a long strip 3/4 inch (2cm) in diameter. Cut into 1 1/2 inch (4cm) length pieces.

  4. In a large pot, boil the dumplings in batches, for 5-10 minutes. They are ready as soon as they rise to the surface. Remove with a slotted spoon.

  5. In a large skillet, melt the butter and stir in the breadcrumbs mixing well. Roll the potato dumplings in the mixture and serve. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Adapted from Cooking Jewish by Judy Bart Kancigor

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22 Comments

  • Reply Meg | Meg is Well January 10, 2017 at 4:47 pm

    I love anything with potatoes and these sound delicious! I’ve never heard of Shlishkes before, so thanks for introducing them to me-they are definitely something I would love. I love gnocchi but I like how you can eat these as finger food without sauce.

    • Reply Igor January 10, 2017 at 9:45 pm

      Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment, Meg!

  • Reply Lisa | Garlic + Zest January 10, 2017 at 5:27 pm

    Those potato dumplings look so good, they’re going to be a problem for my new years resolution though…. D’oh!!!!

    • Reply Igor January 10, 2017 at 9:48 pm

      Ha ha, yeah, there might be some problems with those resolutions πŸ™‚

  • Reply Emily @ Recipes to Nourish January 10, 2017 at 5:37 pm

    Wow! I bet these are amazing! My husband and youngest would love these.

    • Reply Igor January 10, 2017 at 9:49 pm

      I am pretty sure they would, Emily πŸ˜‰

  • Reply Erren January 10, 2017 at 5:41 pm

    I love these potato dumplings! I want some now!

    • Reply Igor January 10, 2017 at 9:49 pm

      I would give some but they are all gone already πŸ˜‰

  • Reply Molly Kumar January 10, 2017 at 6:43 pm

    These dumpling look so cute and I’ve never heard of the Hungarian Potato Dumplings (although had an Asian version of it). The ingredients and method look so simple, will try soon.

    • Reply Igor January 10, 2017 at 9:53 pm

      Let me know how you liked them after trying πŸ˜‰

  • Reply Michelle @ Vitamin Sunshine January 10, 2017 at 9:42 pm

    Igor, first, I absolutely love that green towel. I am always looking for new ones. My favorite photo prop. These dumplings look so delicious. I love this kind of thing. Pinning so I remember to make this month πŸ™‚ Just imagining what I could do with them!

    • Reply Igor January 10, 2017 at 9:57 pm

      Michelle, yup, this green towel is really awesome πŸ˜‰ I am happy you liked the dumplings!

  • Reply Platter Talk January 10, 2017 at 10:34 pm

    OH YA! Can’t wait to try this recipe. It’s bitterly cold out, just shoveled the drive way and I could dive into a big ‘ole dish of these…

    • Reply Igor January 11, 2017 at 10:02 am

      I feel you on the cold weather. It’s freezing outside here too and Shlishkes are perfect for warming up!

  • Reply Tiffany January 11, 2017 at 12:19 am

    Wow. These look like the best tator tot ever created. I LOVE potatoes (kind of obsessed, actually) and have never heard of these before but I am definitely making them now.

    • Reply Igor January 20, 2017 at 1:21 pm

      Gnocchi stole all the spotlight from these little guys (undeservingly) πŸ™‚

  • Reply Heather @Boston Girl Bakes January 11, 2017 at 1:31 am

    Oh man these look gnocchi to the next level….gotta try these!!

    • Reply Igor January 20, 2017 at 1:21 pm

      You’ll love them, Heather!

  • Reply Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine January 11, 2017 at 11:09 am

    A new potato dish to love!!

    • Reply Igor January 20, 2017 at 1:33 pm

      That’s right, Rebecca!

  • Reply nofixedstars January 14, 2017 at 3:23 pm

    just wanted to say how much i enjoy your food blog! i found it whilst looking for a good koshary recipe on pinterest, and ever since i have popped in occasionally, with great enjoyment. thank you.

    • Reply Igor January 20, 2017 at 1:37 pm

      I am so happy to hear such words. Thanks a bunch!

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