Bryndzove Halusky Recipe (Traditional Slovakian Potato Dumplings)

If you urge any Slovak to tell you the names of a few Slovakian traditional foods, the response is sure to include bryndzove halusky.

Bryndzove halusky is the Slovakian version of potato dumplings. Apart from potatoes, cheese and bacon act as the most important ingredients in this recipe.

The name ‘Bryndzove’ originates from ‘Bryndza’, which refers to a special variety of cheese that is prepared using sheep milk in Slovakia.

Ingredients you need

In order to prepare this dish, you need to take 2 or 3 large potatoes that are uncooked. Fine flour made of whole wheat is another important ingredient you should have. Other than that, you need salt, bryndza, and smoked bacon.

Cooking method

Preparing bryndzove halusky is not a very tough job. You just need to follow these steps carefully:

  1. First of all, peel the potatoes and finely grate them
  2. Make a mixture or dough of medium consistency by adding a bit of flour to the potatoes. Make sure that your dough feels somewhat watery. You can put some milk in the mixture, too, but it is fine if you decide not to
  3. Add salt according to your taste
  4. Take a good amount of water and boil the same by adding 2 tablespoons of salt to it
  5. Place the dumplings using a teaspoon or a knife on a wooden plate washed with the help of cold water. Then, put them into the salted water that is bubbling. If you prefer, you can even purchase special equipment designed to help you form halusky easily from a shop
  6. After that, slightly boil the dumplings
  7. Once the dumplings start to float on the water, you can be certain that they are done; and at that point you need to go ahead and pick them using your strainer
  8. Rinse the dumplings with the help of cold water, followed by mixing them with bryndza
  9. Cut smoked bacon into very small pieces, and then fry the pieces well
  10. Once the bacon pieces are done frying, put them on your meal

How to serve

Although there is no hard and fast rule regarding how you should serve bryndzove halusky, most traditional Slovaks like to serve it alongside a cup of milk. So, you may go ahead and do the same!

In case you want to serve it simply without any complementary item to enrich its overall appeal, that is fine, too.