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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, ground meat or dry cottage cheese (curd) or mushrooms
Cookbook: Cepelinai  Media: Cepelinai
Large cepelinai in a restaurant with spirgai

Cepelinai (lit. 'zeppelins'; singular: cepelinas) or didžkukuliai is a traditional Lithuanian dish of stuffed potato dumplings.[1] The dumplings are made from grated and riced potatoes and stuffed with ground meat or dry cottage cheese (curd) or mushrooms. It has been described as a national dish of Lithuania,[2][3] and is typically served as an entree.[1]

So named because their shape resembles that of a Zeppelin airship,[1] 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.[citation needed]

After boiling, the cepelinai are sometimes served with sour cream sauce and bacon bits[1] or pork rinds.

Similar dishes include Swedish kroppkaka, Acadian poutine râpée, Norwegian raspeball and German Kartoffelklöße.


  1. ^ a b c d Jacob, J.; Ashkenazi, M. (2014). The World Cookbook: The Greatest Recipes from Around the Globe, 2nd Edition [4 Volumes]: The Greatest Recipes from Around the Globe. ABC-CLIO. pp. 793–794. ISBN 978-1-61069-469-8. Retrieved November 5, 2016. 
  2. ^ Albala, K. (2011). Food Cultures of the World Encyclopedia. Food Cultures of the World Encyclopedia. Greenwood. p. 3-PA226. ISBN 978-0-313-37626-9. Retrieved November 5, 2016. 
  3. ^ McLachlan, G. (2008). Lithuania. Bradt Guides. Bradt Travel Guides. p. 61. ISBN 978-1-84162-228-6. Retrieved November 5, 2016. 

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