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Polish Prażoki Recipe (Quick Potato Kluski)

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Prazoki - Polish potato with bacon.
Prazoki is a Polish mashed potato dish topped with bacon

The Polish alternative to mashed potatoes, prazoki are potato dumplings topped with fried bacon and onions. Serve this with meaty dinner or soups for a hearty and filling meal!

A side dish that’s popular all over Poland, prażoki are usually served as side dishes with popular Polish soups such as kapusniak or kwasnica, sauces, or dinner meats.

It may also be consumed as a proper meal that tastes best with kefir or maslanka to drink.

 But What Is Prazoki?

Prazoki are dumplings made of mashed potatoes that are similar to the Silesian kluski, but not quite.

Also originating from the Silesian region, and more specifically from a town called Poreba, these dumplings are not boiled in water like the kluski are. Instead, they are made from potatoes that have already been boiled and are cooked over an open fire. 

The boiled and mashed potatoes are cooked with flour and water and then topped with some delicious fried bacon and onions.

Served warm, this dish is absolutely delicious! 

In fact, the dish is so popular that the locals host an annual festival called Światowy Festiwal Prażonek or Worldwide Prażonki Festival.

Prazoki - Polish potato with bacon.
Prazoki is a Polish mashed potato dish topped with bacon

Does Prazoki Have Any Other Names?

Yes, prazoki is called by many different names in different parts of Poland. The other names for this popular Polish side dish are:

    • prażonki
    • dziady
    • prażucha
    • duszonki
    • fuszer
    • porka
Prazoki served with kwasnica.
Serve the prazoki as a side dish with kwasnica or kaspusniak!

Tips For Making The Best Polish Prażoki!

  • Use good quality buttery potatoes for a fluffy potato dumpling. 
  • You can add pepper or chili powder if you want spicy prazoki!
  • Make more bacon and onion topping if you prefer. 
  • Dip the spoon in lard or oil before forming the dumplings so that they don’t stick.
  • Top with chopped parsley or chives before serving!
  • If not serving with another dish, you can also top with some sour cream

FAQs About The Polish Prażoki Recipe

Is It Possible To Make Vegan Prazoki?

You may make this dish vegan by skipping the bacon and frying the onion in oil.

Which Potatoes Should I Use?

You can use Yukon Gold or Russet potatoes for a good fluffy mash. 

Do I Have To Use Fresh Potatoes?

No, you don’t have to use fresh potatoes. You can also use instant mashed potatoes if you like. 

What To Serve Prazoki With?

Serve the prazoki on its own or with any of these other dishes:

How To Store Prazoki?

Cover the prazoki with a lid and store in the refrigerator for a few days. Reheat before serving!

Polish Prażoki Recipe

Yield: 6

Polish Prażoki Recipe

Prazoki served with kwasnica.

The Polish alternative to mashed potatoes, prazoki are potato dumplings topped with fried bacon and onions. Serve this with meaty dinner or soups for a hearty and filling meal!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes


  • 2.2lbs (1kg) of potatoes
  • 1 onion
  • 11 oz (300g) of smoked bacon
  • 3 heaped tbsps of all-purpose flour
  • salt
  • water


  1. Peel and cook the potatoes until soft.
  2. In the meantime, peel and dice an onion.
  3. Dice the smoked bacon and fry it with the onion until they change the color to brownish.
  4. When the potatoes are soft, partly drain them, leaving 1 cup of potato water in the pot.
  5. Sprinkle flour onto potatoes with water.
  6. Put a lid on the pot and cook slowly for 3-4 minutes.
  7. After that time, remove potatoes from the stove.
  8. Mash the potatoes well, making sure there are no lumps.
  9. Using a spoon, form dumplings (prażoki).
  10. Place fried bacon and onion on top of prażoki. Serve warm!

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 147Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 21mgSodium: 457mgCarbohydrates: 11gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 8g

These data are indicative and calculated by Nutritionix

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4 Responses

  1. I don’t understand your directions here of this recipe. A video showing you make this would be helpful.

      1. This sounds like potatoes mashed with flour, then spooned out onto a plate and topped with bacon and onion? I don’t get it? Help me out here… By the way, I love Polish food! Thanks!

        1. You don’t mash potatoes. When they are soft, you pour out most of the water in which the potatoes were cooked. What’s left in the pot are cooked potatoes and 1 cup of water. Then you sprinkle it with flour. Cook for 3-4 minutes. Now it’s time to mash the potatoes.

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