In the Czech kitchen: Make potato dumplings with smoked meat and sauerkraut

Make potato dumplings with smoked meat and sauerkraut at home using a tried-and-true recipe.


Written by Ambiente Published on 24.01.2024 14:34:00 (updated on 31.01.2024) Reading time: 2 minutes

Potato dumplings stuffed with cubes of juicy Prague ham and accompanied by zesty sauerkraut give a whole new dimension to that classic pub side dish, bramborové knedlíky. Chef Libor Baďura of Prague pub Lokál has shared his tried-and-true recipe for a Czech comfort food classic.

Potato dumplings with smoked meat and sauerkraut (Bramborové knedlíky s uzeným masem a kyselým zelím)


For the dumplings:

  • 1.2 kg potatoes
  • 0.5-0.6 kg coarse flour (use more if potatoes are watery)
  • 1-2 eggs
  • generous pinch salt

For the meat filling:

  • 1 kg of Prague ham
  • 0.25 kg lard (half a package)
  • 6-8 small onions, finely chopped onion
  • 1 heaping tsp salt
  • pepper, to taste

For the cabbage:

  • 2 kg sauerkraut
  • 3-4 small onions finely chopped onion
  • 5 tablespoons of lard
  • 2 tablespoons whole cumin seeds
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 0.5 l broth or water

For thickening and seasoning:

  • 0.25 kg fat (lard or butter)
  • 1/4 standard package of plain flour
  • Sugar or vinegar (depending on the acidity of the cabbage)



  • Cook the meat until tender, about 30 minutes. Cool and cut into cubes.
  • In a saute pan, melt the lard. Add the onion after a while. Fry everything until golden brown.
  • Refrigerate until chilled and pliable, then form into balls (about 25-30 g each) and return to the fridge.
  • Meanwhile, boil the potatoes in their skins. Then peel and grate on a grater with large holes.
  • Add flour, eggs, and salt. Shape into a roll. When you slice into the roll, the dough should not stick to the knife.
  • Bring a large saucepan of salted water to boil. Cut slices from the roll of dough and flatten into pancakes. Wrap a ball of meat in each one. You can also roll out a sheet of dough, then use a cup to cut out rounds and wrap a meatball in each.
  • Cook the filled dumplings for 20-25 minutes. Note that the cooked dumplings will not float to the surface on their own when finished.
  • After 20 minutes, pull out one dumpling, cut it open and check that it is cooked inside. If so, take the dumplings out of the water and serve with cabbage.


  • Squeeze out liquid from the sauerkraut and place on a cutting board. Give it a rough chop so that the strands aren't too long.
  • Fry the onions in the lard. When translucent, add the caraway seeds, cooking until they become fragrant.
  • Once the onions are golden brown, add the cabbage and cover with water or stock. Cook until cabbage is soft.
  • In the meantime, make the roux. When the cabbage is cooked, thicken with roux and boil for 10 minutes.
  • Salt the cabbage to taste, acidify with cabbage juice or vinegar, or sweeten with sugar. If the cabbage is too thin, add the rest of the roux.

Chef's tip

You can also thicken the cabbage with finely grated raw potato or simply dust it with coarse flour to the desired thickness.

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