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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 or didžkukuliai (singular: cepelinas) is a popular dish in Lithuania,[1] very similar to the Swedish Kroppkaka. They are a type of dumpling made from grated and riced potatoes and usually stuffed with ground meat, although sometimes dry cottage cheese (curd) or mushrooms are used instead. 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.

Also similar dishes are Swedish Kroppkaka, French Poutine râpée, German Raspeball or 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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