Cepelinai

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Cepelinai
Cepelinai 2, Vilnius, Lithuania - Diliff.jpg
Cepelinai in a restaurant, served with cream sauce
Alternative names Didžkukuliai
Type Dumpling
Place of origin Lithuania
Main ingredients Potatoes, minced meat or dry cottage cheese (curd) or mushrooms
Cookbook:Cepelinai  Cepelinai
Large cepelinai in a restaurant with spirgai

Cepelinai or Didžkukuliai (singular: cepelinas) are a Lithuanian national dish, also very popular in the northeastern part of Poland. They are a type of dumpling made from riced potatoes and usually stuffed with minced meat, although sometimes dry cottage cheese (curd) or mushrooms are used instead.

So named because their shape resembles that of a Zeppelin airship, cepelinai are typically around 10–20 cm long, although the size depends on where they are made: in the western counties of Lithuania cepelinai are made bigger than in the east.

After boiling, the cepelinai are served with sour cream sauce and bacon or pork rinds.

Similar dishes can also be found in the other countries: Belarus, Norway, Poland, Sweden, Ukraine.[citation needed]

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