Potato Dumplings (Slovak Halusky)

 

Halusky, Potato And Egg Skillet 020This is a dish I have been eating since I was a little child.  My Grandmothers made it, my Mother made it.  I made it for my children and now I make it for my grandchildren,  Everyone loves it.  Such a simple dish to make and with such basic ingredients.

When we have this dish, we don’t eat anything else with it but it can be a side dish.  It is totally up to you.  I do encourage you to try it.  It is ssssooo good.

Boil a large pot of water on the stove.

Halusky, Potato And Egg Skillet 003Brown about 1/2 cup of butter.  Set aside.

Halusky, Potato And Egg Skillet 002Peel 5-6 medium sized potatoes.

Halusky, Potato And Egg Skillet 005Cut into cubes and place into a blender.  I use a Vita Mix but any blender would do if it liquifies the potatoes and doesn’t leave any lumps.  Liquify then add 1 tsp salt and 2 eggs.  Blend well with potatoes.

Halusky, Potato And Egg Skillet 006Pour into a large bowl and add  approximately 3 cups flour.  If the dumplings come apart in the boiling water then just add a little more flour at a time at this stage.

Halusky, Potato And Egg Skillet 008Take a tablespoon and dip it into the boiling water then into the batter, which you hold in your other hand as you take, tear and drop about 1/2 tablespoon at a time of the batter and drop it   into the boiling water.  You may have to dip your spoon each time you do this.  I find I do it after several times.

Halusky, Potato And Egg Skillet 004Or you can use a device like this.

Halusky, Potato And Egg Skillet 007Place the batter in it and take a spoon and press the batter down and scrape the bottom.  The little dumplings will fall out of the bottom.  You could also use a spaetzale maker.  Repeat until all the batter is used up.  If you have made more batter, then you may have to repeat this step.  If there is a lot of batter and not a big enough pot then your haluski will stick together in one clump.

Halusky, Potato And Egg Skillet 009Bring to a boil, reduce heat, so everything doesn’t boil over.  Stir a bit during this process.  After haluski have boiled for about 5-6 minutes, drain.

Halusky, Potato And Egg Skillet 010Place into a big bowl and add browned butter and feta cheese ( 1 cup) to taste.  Mix well.  Serve.  Traditionally, bacon is cut into cubes, fried and served on top.  I usually omit that step.

Halusky, Potato And Egg Skillet 019

RECIPE

INGREDIENTS

6 Medium Potatoes, Grated Into A Liquid

2 Eggs

3 Cups Flour

1/2 Cup Butter, Browned

1-1/2 – 2 Cups Crumbled Feta Cheese

Salt To Taste

1/2 – 1 Cup Cubed And Fried Bacon (Opt.)

PREPARATION

In a large pot, bring water to a boil.  In another small pot, brown butter and set aside.

Peel potatoes and cube them.  Place into a blender and liquify them.  Add eggs and salt, mix well.  Place this into a large bowl and add the flour by hand.  Mix well.

Into the boiling water drop the batter by the spoonful but making sure the size of the dumplings are not very big.  Repeat this until all the batter is used up.  You may on occasion have to dip the spoon in the water so the dough won’t stick. You can also use a spaetzle maker.  It accomplishes the same thing.  I have a unique dumpling maker, as pictured, which was purchased in Slovakia.  Just Google spaetzle maker and you will see the gadget you can purchase here to use.

Bring the water to a boil, add in the dumplings and bring them to a gentle boil.  Then turn the heat down to medium so its not a hard boil just a gentle one.  Cook the dumplings for about 5-6 minutes.  Drain the water reserving about 1/4 cup and place the dumplings into a large bowl.  Add the browned butter, feta cheese and salt to taste and mix well.

Serve immediately.

ENJOY!

 

 

 

 

3 Comments

    • Baba says:

      Carol, come anytime. They are out of this world. I`ve been making them ever since I can remember and eating them long before. My grandchildren absolutely go crazy for these. I do hope you try them.

      Liked by 1 person

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