Lithuanian cepelinai: potato dumplings with mushroom sauce and bacon

“Lithuanian Cepelinai: Potato Dumplings with Mushroom Sauce and Bacon” is a delicious treat that pork lovers should enjoy. This traditional dish from the Baltic state of Lithuania consists of zeppelin-shaped dumplings artfully filled with spicy minced pork. Served with a delicious mushroom sauce and topped with crispy bacon, these dumplings offer a delicious culinary experience. Embark on a gastronomic journey and enjoy the creamy mushroom sauce that perfectly complements these savory dumplings. Please note that this recipe contains pork and is only suitable for non-Muslims. Treat yourself to a truly authentic Lithuanian feast!”


  • 400g waxy potatoes (we used Charlotte)
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1 shallot, finely diced
  • 250g minced pork
  • ½ tsp ground cumin
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 1 tablespoon flour, plus a little flour for dusting
  • 2 tbsp dried porcini mushrooms
  • 1 tsp butter
  • 2 shallots, finely diced
  • 200 g chestnut mushrooms, sliced
  • 200g crème fraîche
  • 2 slices smoked streaky bacon
  • 1 tbsp chopped dill
  • green vegetables
  • Crusty bread

Preparation steps

  1. Divide the potatoes into 2 portions.
  2. Cut a portion into large pieces and cook for 15-20 minutes until tender, then drain and puree.
  3. Finely grate the remaining potatoes using the smallest grater and place in a large bowl lined with a clean tea towel.
  4. Bring the edges of the tea towel together and squeeze firmly to squeeze out any liquid. Keep 2 tablespoons of this juice and discard the rest.
  5. In another large mixing bowl, add the reserved potato juice, grated potato, mashed potatoes and half of the beaten egg.
  6. Mix everything well, season, let cool and then refrigerate while you prepare the filling.
  7. Mix the shallot, minced pork, cumin, garlic, remaining egg and some spices.
  8. Mix 1 tablespoon flour into your potato mixture and divide it into 8 pieces.
  9. Dust the work surface with flour and make sure there is flour on your hands as the mixture can be quite sticky.
  10. Lightly shape the potato dough into flat, round flat cakes, about 1 cm thick.
  11. Place 1 heaping teaspoon of the pork filling in the center of each patty, then gently pull the dough up and around to encase the pork and form a dumpling.
  12. Roll them in your hands to create the characteristic zeppelin shape.
  13. Repeat with remaining patties and filling.
  14. Bring a large pot of water to a boil and then reduce the heat to a simmer.
  15. Carefully add the dumplings, cover and simmer gently for 30 minutes.
  16. Be careful – the water must not boil, otherwise the dumplings will retain their shape.
  17. In the meantime, grill the bacon until crispy, then cut it into very small pieces and set aside.
  18. To make the sauce, pour 100 ml of boiling water over the dried porcini mushrooms and let stand for 5 minutes.
  19. Heat the butter in a saucepan, add the shallots and fry gently until they are soft and translucent.
  20. Add the chestnut mushrooms and cook for another 5 minutes.
  21. When they are cooked, add 1 tablespoon of liqueur from the porcini mushrooms and discard the rest.
  22. Chop the porcini mushrooms and add them to the pan.
  23. Fold in the crème fraîche, bring to the boil and season.
  24. Place 2 dumplings on each plate and pour the mushroom sauce over them.
  25. Just before serving with green vegetables and crusty bread, sprinkle the dill and bacon pieces on top to mop up the sauce.

Nutritional Information

Equipment and tools

For this recipe you will need the following equipment and tools:

  • Knife
  • dulcimer
  • Big pot
  • Bowl
  • grater
  • Sieve
  • frying pan
  • spatula
  • Whisk
  • Oven
  • sheet

Allergen information

This recipe contains the following allergens:

  • egg
  • Wheat flour)
  • Dairy products (crème fraîche)

Storage and leftovers

If you have leftovers, you can store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. To reheat, simply place the dumplings and sauce in a pot and heat over medium-low heat until warmed through. The bacon can be reheated in a separate frying pan until crispy. Serve with fresh green vegetables and crusty bread.

Health Benefits of Lithuanian Cepelinai: Potato dumplings with mushroom sauce and bacon

A special dish of Lithuanian cuisine is the famous cepelinai. These potato dumplings, served with a delicious mushroom sauce and crispy bacon, not only tantalize your taste buds but also offer numerous health benefits. Let’s take a look at the nutritional value of the different ingredients used in this traditional recipe.

1. Waxy potatoes

Using 400g of waxy potatoes as a base for Cepelinai will provide you with a good amount of carbohydrates for energy. These potatoes are also a rich source of fiber, vitamin C and potassium. Fiber promotes healthy digestion, while vitamin C strengthens the immune system and potassium helps maintain proper nerve and muscle function.

2. Ground pork

The 250g of minced pork in this recipe provides a good amount of protein necessary for the growth and repair of body tissues. Ground pork also contains important vitamins and minerals, including thiamine, selenium and zinc.

3. Mushrooms

Dried porcini and chestnut mushrooms play a central role in the spicy mushroom sauce. Mushrooms are low in calories and fat, making them a good choice for anyone watching their weight. They are also a good source of B vitamins, copper and selenium.

4. Creme fraîche

Adding 200 g of crème fraîche to the mushroom sauce not only ensures a creamy consistency, but also brings health benefits. Crème fraîche is a good source of calcium, which is needed for strong bones and teeth, as well as vitamin D, which supports the absorption of calcium.

5. Smoked bacon

The two slices of smoked, streaky bacon give the dish a delicious smoky note. Although bacon is often considered a luxury food, it can still be enjoyed in moderation. It provides protein and several essential nutrients including vitamin B12, iron and zinc.

6. Chopped dill and green vegetables

The tablespoon of chopped dill, together with the green vegetables you choose to accompany the cepelinai, will add freshness and a touch of flavor. Green vegetables like spinach or broccoli are rich in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants and contribute to overall health and well-being.

7. Crusty bread

No Lithuanian meal is complete without crusty bread on the side. While bread provides carbohydrates, it’s important to choose whole grains for additional fiber and nutrients.

When you enjoy Lithuanian cepelinai, you can enjoy a tasty cultural dish while reaping the health benefits of its nutritious ingredients. Remember to enjoy it in moderation as part of a balanced diet.

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