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Cepelinai[1] (lit. “zeppelins”; singular: cepelinas) or didžkukuliai are dumplings made from grated and riced potatoes and stuffed with ground meat or dry curd cheese or mushrooms. It has been described as a national dish of Lithuania,[2][3] and is typically served as a main dish.[1]

So named because their shape resembles that of a Zeppelin airship,[1] cepelinai are typically around 10–20 cm long, although the size depends on where they are made: in the western counties of Lithuania cepelinai are made bigger than in the east.[citation needed] In Samogitia cepelinai are called cepelinā.

After boiling, the cepelinai are often served with sour cream sauce and bacon bits[1] or pork rinds.

In the Suwałki Region, on the territories of the former Grand Duchy of Lithuania it is known as kartacz. It is a part of the cuisine of Podlachia.

Similar dishes include Polish pyzy, Swedish kroppkaka, Acadian poutine râpée, Norwegian raspeball, German Kartoffelklöße and Italian canederli.


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