Lithuanian Food

Learn about some of the tasty food in Lithuania. Lithuania has got a rich eating tradition. There exists a sound reason for saying that food is the mainstay of the survival. Lithuanian food is very healthy, and is always made from good ingredients. The food is definitely Baltic. It is not easy to discern a basic element or a single dominant feature, but meals often include some form of pork, whether a roast, bacon, or some sort of smoked goodie. Food plays an important role in celebrations, holidays and other occasions. Food and all it means to us is important to us in countless ways. Excellent, of course!

Lithuanian Kuldunai recipe

Here is a Lithuanian Kuldunai recipe that will be welcome on any table. Kuldunai are delicious traditional food for your family or guests.

Lithuanian Kuldunai recipe

Lithuanian Meat Dumplings

Ingredients for dumplings:
3 eggs 
4 cups flour

Ingredients for filling:
1 pounds ground beef
2 eggs
1 cup finely chopped onion

Prepare the Filling: Mix all ingredients.
Prepare the Dough: Add ingredients to make a soft, workable dough. Divide into three parts. Roll out each part 1/8 inch thick. Cut into circles with a large glass, each circle about 3 inches in diameter. Fill each dough circle with a tablespoon of filling.
Seal the edges and twist over the ends.
Cook the dumplings
Bring three quarts salted water to a boil. Drop in the dumplings and return water to boil.
Dumplings are done when they float to the top.
Serve hot.

Lithuanian Recipes


Lithuanians Zeppelins
This is probably the most popular Lithuanian dish.

You need:
1 kg (2 lbs) raw potatoes, peeled and grated
4 cooked potatoes

Put raw potato gratings in a double cheese cloth and squeeze dry. Save the potato liquid, let potato starch settle at the bottom, decant potato liquid and mix starch with dry potato gratings. Rice boiled potatoes and add to raw grated potatoes, salt and blend well. Take about 1/2 cup of potato mixture and flatten, making a round form. Place a spoonful of filling in the center of the round, fold over, seal seam, make an oblong shape. Put Zeppelins into boiling water and cook for about 30 minutes, stirring gently.

Fillings for Zeppelings:

Smoked Ham Filling
300gr (9 oz) smoked ham
1 egg
1 onion

Beef or Pork Filling
300gr (9 oz) ground meat, pork or beef
1 onion
1 teaspoon marjoram

Bulviniai vëdarai
Lithuanian Potato Sausages

1 kg (2 lbs) potatoes, peeled and grated
200 g (1 cup) bacon
2 onions
1/2 teaspoon marjoram
salt and pepper
natural pork casings

Fry bacon and onion, add to grated potatoes. Add seasonings and mix well. Fill pork casings with potato mixture and place sausages into a greased baking dish with 1/2 inch layer of water. Prick sausages with a needle so that they do not break as they expand while baking. Bake in a preheated oven at 350F/180C, until sausages are nicely browned, baste several times with baking liquid, while sausages are baking.
They are served for lunch with fried bacon.
Potato sausages are very popular throughout Lithuania, and are often prepared during pig slaughtering.