Potato zeppelins

Potato zeppelins

Potato zeppelinsPotato zeppelins (cepelinai)
Cepelinai are big round balls made of raw or cooked potatoes with meat, curd or any other stuffing inside. The origin of the name "Cepelinas" is from the name of Germany airship - Zeppelin. Although cepelinai are preparing in Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Ukraine, it is one the most typical Lithuanian dishes.

Preparation
Usually Cepelinai are made of raw potatoes. Peel and grate the raw potatoes, then squeeze out the excess liquid from them through a cheesecloth. Peel and mash the boiled potatoes. Take 2/3 mass of raw grated potatoes and 1/3 mass of boiled mashed potatoes, add salt and mix well everything. Flatten the balls of potatoes and place the meat in centre and form the dough around the meat into the shapes of zeppelins. Boil in a salted water. Sometimes cepelinai are made with a mixture of smoked ham, mushrooms and curd.