Lithuanian Kugelis With Cheese
Prep:20 m
Cook:1 h
Total:1 h 20 m
Cuisine:Lithuanian 🇱🇹 Eastern European
Course:Lunch Dinner

Lithuanian Kugelis With Cheese



Ok, let’s start with a little intro. Kugelis is a Lithuanian dish (some would argue that it might be German or whatever, but let’s just all agree it’s Lithuanian, okay?) made of – you guessed it – potatoes. Essentially, they are grated and then baked. Of course, there are some secrets to it, some of which I’ll share today.

My version comes with two sauces because sauces are equally as important as the kugelis itself. This one, by the way, was the best I’ve ever had.


For the kugelis:

  • potatoes (depends on the baking dish you’re going to use, but I’ll say 8 would be an average choice);
  • 1 egg;
  • salt;
  • cubed cheese of choice (Emmental or similar)

For the curd sauce:

  • curd;
  • sour cream;
  • greens (I used cilantro and dill);
  • 1 garlic clove;
  • salt

For the crackling sauce:

  • pancetta or bacon (salt-cured);
  • onion


  1. Let’s begin with the kugelis. Grate the peeled potatoes, then strain excess liquid. Add an egg to the strained potatoes, season with salt. Stir well. Pour everything into a finely greased (I prefer butter) baking dish. Spread the cheese evenly. Bake in an oven, preheated to 220 degrees © for an hour.
  2. Meanwhile, get yourself a beer and start on the sauces. For the first one, simply mix all the ingredients together. Done.
  3. For the second one, finely chop the ingredients. Throw into a pan and cook until it starts looking good.

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