Krokiety Ruskie Recipe [Fried Pancakes With Potatoes And Cottage Cheese]

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Krokiety Ruskie are a Polish version of krokiet stuffed with a potato and cheese mixture, rolled in pancakes, and fried till golden brown. They taste delicious!

Don’t let the name fool you. There’s nothing Russian about them! Often served at Polish weddings, the Krokiety Ruskie are a fusion of two popular Polish dishes – namely the pierogi ruskie and the krokiety.

Made with the same dough as used in the tasty nalesniki pancakes, they’re soft on the inside and crunchy outside. Just delicious!

But you don’t have to wait for wedding receptions to eat krokiety ruskie. You can make them at home yourself. It will take a bit of time, but it’s worth it!

How To Make Krokiety Ruskie With Naleśniki

To make the krokiety filling, start by boiling the potatoes till soft. While the potatoes are boiling, fry a chopped onion with butter.

Once the potatoes are soft, discard the water. Add the fried onions, cottage cheese, salt, and pepper to the pot with the potatoes. Use a potato masher to mash everything together. You can make the farmer’s cheese at home if you want to!

Now prepare the pancakes and try to make them as thin as possible. 

Once all the nalesniki (pancakes) are ready, add filling to each pancake and roll to form a kroiket.

Whisk some eggs, and dip the krokiety in this egg mixture, then roll them in breadcrumbs and fry till golden brown. Drain the excess oil, and the tasty Polish krokiety ruskie are ready to serve!

They’ll go perfect with some clear white barszcz or red barszcz soup!

Polish Krokiety Ruskie roll.
Polish Krokiety Ruskie is made with cheese and potatoes!
Halfs of Krokiety Ruskie on a white plate.
Cheese and potato-filled Krokiety Ruskie!

Tips For Making Krokiety Ruskie

  • Add some pepper powder or chili powder to the breadcrumb mixture for flavor. 
  • If you wish, you can consume the krokiety ruskie directly without coating them in breadcrumbs or eggs. But they taste better fried! 
  • You can make smaller krokiety using a smaller-sized pan
  • Add sparkling water to the dough to make it lighter. 
  • If you let the krokiety dough sit for 30 minutes to an hour before you use it, the pancakes form better. 
  • You can replace the breadcrumbs with crushed cornflakes or panko crumbs
  • You can add fried bacon bits to the potato mixture if you like.
  • If you want a meaty version of the krokiety, try this krokiety recipe!

FAQs About Polish Krokiety Ruskie Recipe

What Is Naleśniki?

Naleśniki are thin crepe-like Polish pancakes. It is pronounced nah-lesh-ni-ki

Krokiety ruskie on a plate.
Krokiety ruskie!

How To Pronouce Krokiety?

Krokiety is pronounced kro-kyet-uh.

How Can I Prevent The Pancakes From Breaking?

It’s normal for the first 1 or 2 pancakes to break. Just eat those right away. If too many of your pancakes are breaking, try this method next time.

  • Keep the milk and eggs out of the refrigerator for at least an hour before preparing the pancake dough.
  • If the dough seems runny, add one more egg to it.
  • Remember to add a little fat or oil to the pan before adding every pancake. 
  • Do not put the pancakes on very high heat, or they might not cook evenly and hence break.

How To Serve Krokiety Ruskie?

Serve the krokiety ruskie with white borscht soup or  red beet soup. Alternatively, you can serve them with tomato slices, sour cream, or dill sauce.

If you want meat, serve with fried bacon or fried kielbasa.

If you’re feeling too lazy, serve the krokiety with Maggi Sauce or Onion Sauce.

How Long Can You Store Krokiety Ruskie?

Polish Krokiety can be stored in the refrigerator for 3 to 4 days. Reheat before serving. 

If you wish to freeze the krokiety ruskie, move them to an airtight container and store them for 3 to 4 months. Thaw in the refrigerator or at room temperature and reheat before serving. 

Krokiety Ruskie Recipe

Krokiety Ruskie Recipe

Krokiety ruskie on a plate.

Krokiety Ruskie is a traditional Polish recipe. A potato and cheese mixture is rolled in pancakes and fried till golden brown to form these delicious krokiet!

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes

Ingredients

Ruskie Filling

  • 2 lbs (1kg) of potatoes
  • 20 oz (600g) of cottage cheese
  • 1 block of butter (125g) 
  • 1 onion
  • 3 pinches of salt
  • 1 pinch of ground black pepper

Dough

  • 1 cup of milk
  • 3/4 cup of water (preferably sparkling)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup of all-purpose flour
  • a pinch of salt

For Coating

  • 2 eggs
  • breadcrumbs

Instructions

    How To Make Krokiety Ruskie Filling?

    1. Peel the potatoes and put them into the pot.
    2. Add the cold water, two pinches of salt and boil until they are soft (about 30 minutes).
    3. Peel and chop an onion. Gently fry it with the entire block of butter (the onion should remain white, don't caramelize it).
    4. When potatoes are soft, pour out the water and add the fried onion with butter to the pot.
    5. Add the cottage cheese, salt, pepper, and mix all together with the potato masher.

    How To Make The Pancakes?

    1. Mix all the ingredients for the dough together.
    2. Heat the pan with 3 drops of oil (it should be very hot, for my stove top it's volume 7 with 9 being the max).
    3. Start frying the pancakes, make them as thin and light as possible. Smear the pan with oil every time, or simply pour 3 drops of oil and move the pan a bit.

    How To Assemble Krokiety Ruskie?

    1. Place the filling on each pancake and fold to form krokiet (see how to do it here).
    2. Place whisked eggs on one plate and the breadcrumbs on the second.
    3. Bread each krokiet (dip it in the egg mixture first, next in the breadcrumbs).
    4. Fry krokiety on oil, until they are golden brown.
    5. Place them briefly on a plate lined with paper towels to drain off excess fat.




Notes

If you want small krokiety- use a smaller pan to fry pancakes.

The bigger the pan, the bigger your krokiety will be.

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