Last night Gaila was flicking through a book called “Lithuanian Traditional Foods” not that she doesn’t know the recipes 🙂 she is Lithuanian after all,  just getting some inspiration for dinner. One of Gaila’s favourite Lithuanian dishes is this savoury potato cake. Lithuanians can make hundreds of dishes out of potatoes and here is one of them.

You will need:

  • 1 kg potatoes
  • 1 cup (250 ml) of milk
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • some oil or butter for frying
  • 2-3 slices of bacon or few pieces of chicken (parboiled in salted water)

First peel your potatoes and grate them with the fine grater as you see in the picture. Watch your fingers 😉 Then take some potato juice out by tilting the bowl and spooning it off.


It’s a lot easier and faster if you have a potato grating machine – a necessity in every Lithuanian house.

Bring your milk to a boil and pour over the grated potatoes. That helps to spread the potato starch through the mix and keep the mix nice and light.

Fry your bacon and onions and mix into potatoes.

Add eggs, salt and mix well.

Add the mixture into medium depth greased baking dish and bake in preheated oven at 180C/350F until the top is well browned. It took me around 2 hours. Depends on your oven, so check regularly.

And Voila!!!! Serve with sour cream or some fried onions and bacon.