Polish Mashed Potato Dumplings (Kopytka)

authentic Polish Kopytka
Authentic Polish Kopytka
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For the Dumplings
1 ½ lb Potatoes cooked in their jackets, peeled, and mashed or ground
1 Large eggs beaten
½ tsp Salt or more to taste
2 cups All-purpose flour approximately
For the Polonaise Topping
3 tbsp Butter
3 tbsp Breadcrumbs

Nutritional information

  • For the Dumplings

  • For the Polonaise Topping

Polish Mashed Potato Dumplings (Kopytka)


I ate these Polish Mashed Potato Dumplings (Kopytka) all the time when I was in Poland. They are like a Polish version of gnocchi – mashed potato combined with flour and egg to make a dough. One tip I picked up there was: don’t use leftover mashed potatoes that were mixed with milk and butter. Simple freshly mashed potatoes cooked in their jackets are the best option for this recipe.

I make a Polonaise topping to accompany these kopytka. Polonaise is a simple sauce made from butter and breadcrumbs. Thanks to the breadcrumbs, it becomes more of a thick topping than a sauce but it is really delicious with these dumplings.

To make my Polish Mashed Potato Dumplings (Kopytka), you will need the following ingredients:

Ingridiens for Polish Mashed Potato Dumplings (Kopytka)

So, how do you make Polish Mashed Potato Dumplings (Kopytka)?

Steps to make Polish Mashed Potato Dumplings (Kopytka)


Prepare the dumplings


In a large bowl, mix the mashed potatoes with the egg, salt and as much flour as necessary to form a smooth dough, but don't overwork it because it will toughen.


Bring a pot of water to a boil


Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat.


Roll dough into cylinder shapes


Rub your hands with flour. Roll a piece of dough into a ½ inch cylinder on a floured surface. Cut the dumplings at an angle into 1 ½ inch pieces. Repeat with remainder of dough.


Cook dumplings


Cook the dumplings in the boiling water for about 5 minutes. You can cook them in batches if the pot becomes too crowded.


Drain the dumplings


Transfer the dumplings to a colander with a slotted spoon. Leave for a minute to drain.


Make the Polonaise sauce


Melt the butter in a small frying pan or skillet. Add the breadcrumbs to the pan and fry while stirring for about 3 minutes until golden brown.




Spoon the polonaise sauce over the dumplings and serve immediately.

This Polish Mashed Potato Dumplings (Kopytka) dish is super authentic and super tasty! Try making them soon and don’t forget to come back and leave a review!

Jelena is an interior designer and young mom! As a busy working mom, her time is precious so she’s always looking for a quick and efficient way to get things done. Jelena is very creative, but has a strong practical side. She loves trying new things and travels a lot, especially around Europe. The kitchen is Jelena’s safe space, where she can let her creative side out and dedicate herself to her favorite hobby - cooking!

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Recipe Reviews

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Total Reviews: 11
Ali Bunfill

Unique meal I'm from Canada so trying a meal out from Poland is pretty damn cool, not sure if I made it taste how it's supposed to but I stuck to the recipe and it turned out amazing.

Ailani Zenker

Kopytka is a good lunch/dinner for all year round totally reocmmend it.

Tiana Maschak

Vegetarian and different cultured meal nothing better than this.

Miyah Finkley

Takes a really long time to make this and they turned out super mushy..

Aliyana Shimmin

Jelena over did it again! brilliant polish dish from home thanks to you super pleased with how this meal turned out.

Karissa Gilford

Going to give this a shot today hopefully it all turns out good.

Vivien Haman

I actually made the polonaise sauce for my rice too it was so good that its worth trying it with other types of meals.

Mercy Abramson

Enjoyed every bite of it coolest and easiest dumplings ive ever made.

Emmy Skorski

Mashed potato dumplings are great and all but have you tried the vareniki with cherries?? Holy crap that stuff is good, both are equally amazing to be honest.

Amiah Zayat

Made my bestie cry cause she hasnt had food from her homeland in years lol thx for sharing.


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