Red ‘n’ Green Family Recipes: Klatzkas

Lola Jecevicus, Reporter

My father’s grandma passed this dish down to my grandpa and her 10 other children. She was able to use these inexpensive ingredients to feed all of the children. This is a Lithuanian dish because it calls for ingredients in that area. Lithuanian dishes like this one typically include ingredients like bacon, onions, cottage cheese, potatoes, etc. The making of this dish, in general, is a special time. We like to get our family together and enjoy each other’s company while making the food. It is important that we still make it to this day because my grandpa said he has never seen this recipe written down, yet it is so special to our family.

Ingredients needed:
For the filling:
1 lb diced bacon
1 large diced onion
1 quart rinsed cottage cheese
3 eggs
Season salt and pepper (To taste)

2 or 3 eggs depending on how much dough you are making
About half a cup of Water

Estimated prep time, 30 minutes. Cook time, 8 to 10 minutes

First dice the bacon and onions, then rinse the cottage cheese. Once this is done mix all three ingredients together in a large bowl.

Next, add three eggs and seasoning salt and pepper as needed.

For this part, the number of ingredients vary depending on how much dough you need. First, crack 3 eggs in a separate bowl and beat them

Next, add a half cup of water and mix.

Then slowly add flour as needed, mix and knead until it is dough.

Now take the dough and roll it out on a large metal sheet, then slice the dough into squares using a pizza cutter. Size does not matter just roughly the same size as others so you can easily pinch them together.

Then scoop a spoonful of the filling and put it on the dough. Take another square of the dough and place it over the filling.

Now you pinch the two pieces of dough together. In order to make them so they don’t explode in the pot, there must be no spaces between the two slices of dough.

These are the final steps of making the actual Klatzka. Now get a large pot of water and let it come to a boil.

Once the water is boiling begin placing the Klatzkas in the water. As soon as they start rising to the top of the pot they are ready to be taken out.

Let cool and enjoy with sour cream!!